It is difficult to describe the music of Chinatown Security. Billed as blues/rock, Blake Sokoloff (vocals/bass), Austin Fite (vocals/guitar), Avery Millard (guitar), and Dylan Byrne (drums) have heard it described as desert rock and neo-psychedelia, as well. With a retro-seventies vibe, the music instantly takes the listener back to when punk first hit the scene. It is hard-driving, fast paced, but polished with an unmistakable modern feel.
Music is ever present. Sokoloff and Byrne were surrounded by music for as long as they can remember. It was always there and they were constantly experimenting. Although there was no definitive moment that shaped the course of their music career, there came a point when it was obvious this is where they belonged. Lyrics from the song “Not What I Had in Mind” can be compared to the decision to pursue music or not. The words, “Is this the dream that you had in mind/Or are you just looking for something you’ll never find” were not written about the path to a music career, but are almost prophetic in their simplicity about an industry where it is often all or nothing.
Some things don’t have a plan. Chinatown Security has let their music evolve and grow naturally. They find inspiration in listening to the music of other bands and would like to play with a full orchestra one day. Sokoloff stated, “It’s (making music) the only thing I am passionate about. I love making music.” Though they have played together longer, Chinatown Security officially formed in 2012 and released two singles, “Queen of Butter” and “Not What I Had in Mind” in 2014.
Defy description. I have yet to find an adequate genre or sub-genre to describe the music of Chinatown Security. Their sound is at once old and new, remaining true to the original punk music that started it all. The wonder of music is that each listener will find something different in the songs that is inherently their own interpretation. Currently unsigned, Chinatown Security will be releasing their first EP at the end of October. Titled, This Side of Paradise the upcoming album promises more of their original punk sound. In the meantime, they continue to write new music and hope to tour this Summer.