Chikos Records & Wigs
'Chiko's Records & Wigs' is Blue Sky Foundry's 5th self-produced, independently released offering. In typical fashion, the band's songs run the gamut, at once sounding like old-school R.E.M./10,000 Maniacs only to make an about-face providing textures and attitude expected from the likes of Stone Temple Pilots or Third Eye Blind. Paramount in the collective mind of Blue Sky Foundry is song-craft. Melody, groove and insightful lyrical themes take precedence over any individual performance. As a result, the songs reign supreme and never falter for the lack of self-indulgence by any of the band members. The singer's voice is like a good wine; smooth and seductively potent. The backing music is similarly seamless yet formidable. The band knows when and how to push in every direction (musically, vocally and lyrically). For many years Blue Sky Foundry has honed it's trade and this work represents the next step in the band's progression. The listener reaps the benefit of a 4 year album release hiatus as 'Chiko's' is actually a double album consisting of 19 A-side quality tracks on the disc entitled, 'Records' and 7 B-side outtakes on the disc entitled, 'Wigs'. Though self-produced, the quality of this double disc set is commercial-grade.