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Written by Caleb Oldham
Miserable Chillers is the solo project of Miguel Gallego, the frontman of The Dicktations and a founding member of Drug Pizza. Where Gallego’s other projects tend to resemble a release of fuzz-drenched energy packaged in a stomping rock n’ roll song, Miserable Chillers is a more reflective, midi-acoustic venture. David Bowie once said that he could never write music for himself, only the characters that he had invented. I’m not sure if Miserable Chillers is a character or just a place for Gallego to put his homemade experiments, but his songwriting here is as strong as, if not stronger than, his main projects.
Miserable Chillers’ newest release “Silvery” is a ballad of sorts, complete with synthesizers and a drum machine, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and a feeling that something has passed. Since the Bowie comparison has already been made, “Silvery” almost sounds like an antithesis to “Heroes” — while the latter gets its triumphant momentum from what could be, the former reflects on beautiful moments which have already been.
Listen to more of Miserable Chillers on SoundCloud.
One of my favorite tracks of 2014 was Miserable Chillers' “Bull Dozer,” which I was lucky enough to see played live at the last HFSU show of the year. It’s got a hook catchy enough to be an anthem, and the strange timbre of Gallego’s voice is a definite grower. For three minutes, it’s a perfect, grungy, and strangely sentimental pop song. It certainly doesn’t sound like its from the 2010s, but today there are so many different and splintered music scenes and niches that I’m not even sure what the 2010s sound like anyways.
Gallego is also a part of Drug Pizza and The Dicktations, who are releasing a new record this month. His music with Miserable Chillers can be found at his Bandcamp.