Chemtrails – Calf Of The Sacred Cow

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: PNKSLM Recordings
Released: 2018
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Band line-up:

Mia (guitar, vocals)
Laura (guitar, vocals)
Another Laura (bass, vocals)
Ian (keyboard)
Sam (drums)


01. A Killer or a Punchline
02. A Beautiful Cog in the Monolithic Death Machine
03. Wishbone
04. Tendrils
05. Lizard Empire
06. Watch Evil Grow
07. Usual Freaks
08. Milked
09. Dead Air
10. Ghosts of My Dead Cats
11. Overgrown


This is the debut album from London based Chemtrails. Founded/fronted by romantic and musical partners Mia Lust and Laura Orlova, these eleven tracks are a mix of indie, low-fi, drone and fuzz.

The album starts off with a real high note, “A Killer Or A Punchline,” and slowly becomes nothing more than what it is, a mix of indie, low-fi, drone and fuzz that just seems to be on repeat. The songs actually start to seem to go on forever, and become tedious, especially “Lizard Empire,” which is slow and dreary. There are sparks here and there, but they aren’t as prevalent as I would have hoped. Lots of cool things like a mid-’80s sound, a little Siouxsie in the vocals once in a while made it stand out a bit more than some others out there, but a bit more work and editing could help in the future. The playing is pretty good, and the dual vocals made for a nice change which helped push this into a higher bracket.

All-in-all, a pretty good album with a lot more going for it than against it. With a bit more time and playing, I hope that they can make an album that will show off their talents better.

Review by Rick Ecker