Kamtin Mohager’s third album as the Chain Gang of 1974 comes following several major transitions in the electro-loving Los Angeles resident’s life. For one, Wayward Fire is his first record on a proper label as he released his first two efforts on his own. Also, amidst the recording process, he packed up his things and left Denver for L.A. He also ended a two-year relationship, which apparently served as an inspiration for many of the album’s lyrics. You can get a sample of them on lead single “Undercover.” And, honestly, catchy isn’t really a strong enough term to describe the track. It’s a pulsing, sure-to-be-huge pop gem that should mean big things this year for the Chain Gang of 1974.
You can listen to “Undercover” at Spin’s website. Wayward Fire drops June 21. You can view the Chain Gang’s tour dates below.
04.23 Los Angeles, CA: Echoplex
04.26 San Francisco, CA: The Independent *
04.28 Portland, OR: Mississippi Studios *
04.29 Seattle, WA: Neumos *
04.30 Vancouver, BC: Fortune Sound Club*
06.11 Englewood, CO: Gothic Theatre &
* with Jamaica
& with Candy Claws, Bad Weather California, Fellow Citizens