Chain Whip - Two Steps To Hell

BC: Top 10 of 2021

by Sean Orr

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.