NY-based post punks Video Beast release debut single ‘Chimp Strength’

By on May 19, 2015
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With a name referencing society’s obsession with videos and media, New York based psychedelic/post punk band Video Beast is developing a reputation for its motor-fast guitars, vivid lyrical imagery, and “tight and ballistic drumming” (Radio Free Brooklyn).  The band (Fabian Jimenez – guitar, lead vocals; Felix Gotts – bass, backing vocals; Dave Weinstein – drums, backing vocals), who has become a regular presence in the NYC area, performing shows at venues such as St. Vitus Bar, The Gutter, Silent Barn, and Pine Box Rock Shop, will be releasing its debut album, “Gooch”, on June 23rd.  Aggressive and unfiltered, “Gooch” is a ten track collection of songs revealing the filth and corruption of modern society which showcases a masterfully crafted dystopia with a knack for the perverse.

The first single from “Gooch”, “Chimp Strength”, highlights Video Beast’s blistering sound with its instrumental arrangements and sudden tempo changes.  Jimenez calls the track “a dirty punk rock version of a classical music piece” and says, “Lyrically, ‘Chimp Strength’ is a celebration of human sexuality, fetishes, and the idea that we all have different needs and fantasies. This applies to men and woman equally with no judgement or discrimination.”

Here’s a link to download “Chimp Strength”


Produced, recorded and mastered by Mike Gevaza at Continental Recording Studio in Long Island City, “Gooch”‘s catchy melodies, abrupt time changes, and uncompromising lyrics, is an honest introduction to Video Beast and their sentiments on the mass media, war, religion, and capitalism. The band uses fictional metaphors to describe their personal experiences of feeling trapped by an ineffective system and being disgusted by the inescapable news and media constantly infiltrating our lives.

“Some folks may feel uncomfortable listening to ‘Gooch’,” says Jimenez, “but that’s okay. I hope listeners will reflect on the lyrics and maybe learn a thing or two about themselves and the world we are living in.  The songs aren’t personally about me. Instead, they are the result of my personal observations, characters and environments I’ve come across.”

Formed in 2013 and heralded by “The Deli” for their “1000 mile an hour rock”, “Gooch” is a powerful step in Video Beast’s evolution.  According to Weinstein, “With this album we went in a completely different direction, musically, than our previous band. Thankfully Fabian smashed his old hollow-body guitar which, in a sense, forced our hand into changing our sound.”

Loud and raucous, with an onstage energy level that would send the average combo running for the emergency room, “Gooch” captures the essence of Video Beast.




Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.