Chain punk is alive and well, and the aptly named Chain Whip are Vancouver’s torchbearers of the unapologetically gritty sub-genre. Ferocious and hostile, Two Step to Hell is a scorching indictment of Vancouver’s insidious polarities — a dystopian hellhole with runaway speculation and unchecked greed on one hand, and the black boots of the police state overseeing never ending displacement and a poisoned drug supply on the other. Throw in the reemergence of white supremacist chuds against a backdrop of climate dread, and Two Step to Hell becomes the soundtrack to punching yourself in the face as you doomscroll the nightly news.
By Glenn Alderson
Our 2022 festival highlights featuring Zach Zoya, Dee Holt, Fernie, Sunglaciers, Priors, and a conversation with Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper.