Nu-metal band CHOKE have released their new single ‘Hack to the Basic’. While their last single ‘The Human Anthem’ was an exhilarating ride that featured an aggressive sound with a metalcore approach, CHOKE are back to their nu-metal roots and evoke a groovy and exciting mood with the song ‘Hack to the Basic’.
Although CHOKE are more known for intricated compositions with frenetic disjointed rhythms, the band decided to turn back to the basics and embrace the music that has most influenced the members: the nu-metal from the late ‘90s and early 2000s. It’s not only a glance to the past but a manifesto to fueling the scene again.
“Hack to the basic” is filled with bouncing beats that invite the listener to enjoy the groove. A style that completely set this song apart from others in CHOKE’s discography. The track starts with an uncanny intro that flows into a chorus with fry screams. The tune then transitions into verses with a cool vibe and catchy rap flows that features turntable scratches and loud resonations from the bass. In addition to the change of rhythm, another major difference is the simpler guitar style: it has not the typical meticulous riffs that CHOKE usually deliver; but that’s definitively not a bummer, this time is all about the chill!
The creation process of the single dates back to the period when all shows worldwide were cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak of the pandemic. With concerts being the fundamental activity that feeds the soul of musicians, the eagerness to come back on stage also influenced the members to make this song. As said by the band: “It’s a clear statement of our will to perform live again and have fun with this song”.
The singles No problem at all and The Human Anthem, released in 2020, addressed the dangers of mob mentality and the pressure of living up to the expectations of society. Once more, CHOKE instigate the listeners to leave the fear behind and to live by their own standards. This new single starts with the simple premise of enjoying music, but it’s a call to take control of the future as well. A positive message in these disheartening times that encourages to adapt to the circumstances (create a new set of basics) and move forward.
Hack to the basic is already available on popular digital platforms. However, an exclusive edition can be purchased at their official online store. The download includes a re-recorded version of “Stay high”, from their first album CHOKE1, as a bonus track. This digital package consists of hi-re audio files along with instrumentals and a lyrics sheet.
This single is a tribute to the golden age of nu-metal that old and new generations can enjoy. An unexpected change of style that the audience may find questionable. But, after all, true fans know that the band constantly betrays all expectations. One thing is for sure, you never know what CHOKE will bring to the table next!