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Today we’d like to introduce you to Chase Petra.

Chase Petra is an indie rock powerhouse hailing from Long Beach, CA. The project started in 2017 with Hunter Allen (guitar/vocals) and Evan Schaid (drums) in an effort to face the world as honestly and forcefully as possible. Allen and Schaid had played together for about four years prior, searching for the right lineup. Finally, after a recommendation from a friend, the band took off in 2018 with the arrival of its newest member, Brooke Dickson (bass/vocals). Together, these three hit the scene in full force, tackling topics such as politics, mental health, and the struggle for justice and equality. Honesty and full creative freedom are always encouraged.
While the members of Chase Petra do face very serious topics, they do so with a lighthearted charm that helps to keep the demons at bay. Ask the band the takeaway from all this? “Basically that the world is fucked and we’re all gonna die anyway, so might as well just do your best and have fun with it,” Allen advises. “We really just do our best to convey honestly what it feels like to grow up, and all the ramifications that come along with it,” Dickson notes. The band’s sound and philosophy can best be summed up by its name. Petra is a powerful yet fragile character from the 1985 science fiction novel, Ender’s Game. Her ability to fall apart repeatedly only to put herself back together again is both inspiring and revolutionary. The members of Chase Petra strive every day to emulate the pure tenacity of their fictional feminist icon Petra, hence the “chase” in Chase Petra.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We talk about politics, society, relationships, growing pains, and everything in between. Honesty and full creative freedom are always encouraged, and with this freedom comes influence ranging from Paul Simon to Panic! at the Disco, to Warpaint. This can all be heard on our debut record, Liminal. Since becoming a band, we started working on this record. We didn’t know we were writing and recording a full-length record at the beginning, but that’s what it turned into, and that’s what felt right for us. We love that you can hear this process and passage of time in this record. Drawing influence from the character “Petra”, we love the idea that someone can be both quiet and loud, soft and aggressive, vulnerable and powerful. This hodgepodge of influences and values leads us to our mission every day: to face the world as honestly and forcefully as possible.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
This question is always a tough one because we weren’t playing shows 20 years ago. We can really only speak for the recent years in which we’ve been working as musicians. Things that make it tough are not having enough all-ages venues. A huge chunk of the music-supporting community is teenagers! When venues are only 21+, that cuts out a huge market of people that would otherwise be there supporting. Another thing is the minimal pay. We need to stop “paying in exposure”. Exposure doesn’t pay the bills. Being a musician is like a second full-time job that you’ve had your entire life. When you pay for a band to play, you’re not only paying for that hour of music. You’re paying for years of lessons, hours spent practicing, gas for rehearsals and shows, loading in, loading out, and not to mention gear!

To help artists thrive, we need more all-ages venues, and we need to pay artists appropriately for their work. That will help us sustain ourselves and our ability to keep doing it.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
On Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, all the media!!! We post regularly about our shows, which are usually in the Long Beach, LA, and OC areas. We have some top-secret touring plans for the future, so follow us on Instagram to stay updated on that.

Our music and merch can best be purchased in person at our shows, but it’s also available through Instagram and Bandcamp.

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Image Credit:
Chloe Abler

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