The Chisel

The Chisel

Some things never go out of style. Emerging from the London punk scene with a blend of Oi! and hardcore, The Chisel has a sound that is as timeless as it is exhilarating. Now, with their second album, *What A Fucking Nightmare*, the band somehow turns the dial even further into the red with a whopping 16 tracks that are even more aggressive and anthemic.

The Chisel formed in 2020 from the same group of friends and talented collaborators who created bands like Violent Reaction, Arms Race, and Chubby & The Gang. After a series of singles and EPs, the band—currently comprising vocalist Cal Graham, guitarists Luke Younger and Charlie Manning Walker, bassist Momo, and drummer Lee Munday—released their debut album, *Retaliation*, in 2021, securing their reputation as one of the most exciting new punk bands in the UK. Often, greater attention brings more pressure, but The Chisel approached their second album with a key principle in mind: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” says Younger, explaining, “after recording the first record, I just didn’t stop writing. So when it came out, we already had even more new songs.” That prolific streak didn’t stop, resulting in *What A Fucking Nightmare*, a colossal punk record that doubles down on everything that makes The Chisel such a compelling band.

*What A Fucking Nightmare* grabs the listener by the head and doesn’t let go. Recorded by James Atkinson and produced by Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, High Vis, Chubby & The Gang), the album hones The Chisel into their sharpest, most effective form, with bigger hooks and sharper bites. The core of their sound draws from old-school hardcore, UK82, and other corners of aggressive punk, but it’s The Chisel’s ability to deliver a melodic punch that sets them apart. Graham’s scathing yet tuneful delivery is key to the band’s ability to shift from street punk to triumphant songs that even the most casual rock and roll fan couldn’t help but enjoy. *What A Fucking Nightmare* is the kind of album that reminds listeners of all the impactful and enduring elements of punk music: there’s a vitality in these songs, tangible sweat, blood, and boot prints that leave a mark long after they’re finished. There’s absolutely no doubt that this is The Chisel’s world, and we’re just living in it.