New bands, music, a return to the stage in Hobart, art exhibitions and new vids!!!

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(Photo above from the Cunning Stunts gig at the Republic Bar and Cafe, Hobart – thanks to Colin Mahoney!!)

Welcome to the first update in a while! My apologies for that, but here’s the latest!

  • The Szkup, Lundgren, Leeflang, Szkup collection of songs is still happening!!! Sometimes life happens and gets in the way of the plans you’ve made, but rest assured that this stuff will be coming out. It’s some of the best stuff I’ve ever done by a long shot. Here’s a short vid from guitar tracking today!

  • Recently I also made my return to the live stage in Hobart for the first time in 11 years, as part of a
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    Post gig shot photobombed amazingly by Colin Mahoney! (Jake Cowburn, Brett Collidge, Mathew Szkup, Chris Szkup)

    Metallica Tribute band Cunning Stunts, featuring Brett Collidge – Drums, Jake Cowburn – Bass / Vocals, Mathew Szkup – Guitar / Vocals and Myself – Guitar. The night was an amazing success and totally took us by suprise. So much so that we’ll be doing it again semi regularly as we’re able to find free dates in everyone’s schedules. Will keep you posted!

(Photo courtesy of Shot By Slaidins Photography)

 

 

  • Over the past handful of months I’ve been getting a line up of guys together slowly. It’s intended to be very heavy and aggressive thrash metal, and we’re writing for it as we speak. Still on the hunt for a singer and a bass player if anyone is out there.

Here are a couple of vids from us jamming!

  • Back in February I was honoured to be asked again by the mighty Dan Verkys to provide music for his latest exhibition called Chaos Dreaming!!! Was a great day as always. Here’s a few pics from the festivities!!

(Photos by Daryl Bean)

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The Waiting for Yesterday Henchmen / Women!!! (DJ Bun DMC, Amber, Dan Verkys, Chris)

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CS noodling away during the exhibition!

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The selfie wall!!

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Dan and Chris catching up before kickoff!!

Here’s a vid of me playing there on the day!

“Ascend” / Studio vids!!

The last day of the year as as good a day as any for some video action right??!!

Here’s the official video for “Ascend”. This track is from my “Resist to Exist” album that came out in August 2014, and features my bro Mathew Szkup laying down the smack, and a cameo from Dennis Leeflang on tribal drums. Hope you enjoy!!

Also…..here’s some video from yesterday’s guitar tracking for the next album!! Thanks for hanging with me this year and always, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!! 😀

Some guitars to end the year!!

Hey all!

I have a few days of guitar tracking for the next album this week which I’ll be documenting on my Youtube channel – this is all for the next album that is due out around July / August next year and will feature Rob Lundgren (vocals), Mathew Szkup (guitars) and Dennis Leeflang (drums) along with myself. Stay tuned as there’s lots more to come!

New songs – Line up / Video!!!

When I started getting these tunes that you’ll hear soon together it was pretty clear very fast that I didn’t have the nads required to do the vocals justice. In the past I had successfully found killer singers from little old Youtube and thought I would try it again. Eventually I came across this guy by the name of Mr Rob Lundgren from Sweden, and hoooooly shiiiiit – what a voice!!!! Going through his channel I saw amazing diversity – and with every different song and style I watched, I was just blown away how much he was killing it no matter what!!!! Upon getting in touch I found him to be a fantastic guy also, and we banged out the tracks for the EP real fast, with ease. Such a pleasure!

Here’s a short video from tracking of the last song we did:

The full line up for these next tunes (aside from the occasional guest who may pop up here and there) is:

Rob Lundgren (Vocals)
Mathew Szkup (Guitars)
Dennis Leeflang (Drums)
Chris Szkup (Guitars and Bass)

I’m so pumped and can’t wait for you guys to hear the stuff – more soon!!!! 😀

New music!!!! Full track – “Friendship Song”!!!!

Resist to ExistHere you go folks – ENJOY!!!!

Line up:

Chris Szkup – Guitars, Bass, Lead and backing vocals
Mathew Szkup – Drums, guitars, backing vocals

Recorded at Red Planet Recording by Stew and Jake Long

Mixed by Dennis Leeflang, mastered by Andy VanDette, artwork by Dan Verkys

“Resist to Exist” cover art, tracklisting!

Resist to ExistThe new release, “Resist to Exist” is currently in the mastering stage and will be coming to you asap!

It was recorded at Red Planet Recording in Hobart (by Stew and Jake Long), and also at my home in Melbourne, Australia, mixed by Dennis Leeflang, will be mastered by Andy Van Dette, and the cover art, is by Dan Verkys.

Joining me on the tracks as always is my bro Mathew Szkup (drums, guitars, backing vocals), Paul Jolley (keys), Lyris Hung (strings), Brian Sanders (cello), Adrian Bryan (strings), and Dennis Leeflang (tribal drums), and tracklisting follows:

“Resist Opus”
“Music is Free”
“Friendship Song”
“Born”
“Gossip Train”
“Ascend”
“Gift of Life:
“Influenza Blues”

Sadly for me being a real music love that is totally into physical releases, the way things are in 2014 it just couldn’t happen for “Resist to Exist”, and therefore this will be released via the usual digital outlets only. I will try and throw in some extras for anyone that wants to buy it direct from me as opposed to going through iTunes and the like though. More on that soon!

New music from Chris – A sneak peak….

Just a tiny peak at the new music I’ll have coming very soon. Joining me on these songs is my bro in life and music, Mr Mathew Szkup, who you’ll see rocking out in this video for a moment!

The audio here is unmastered but I hope you dig it all the same and I’m sure you’ll agree that the mixing by Mr Dennis Leeflang crushes!