Band of the Day

2012.11.16

The Chain Gang Of 1974

Mesmerizing synth-pop mixing 80s charm and contemporary glamor
If I don't regret all the things you said, I'm just a man who can't be tamed.
lyrics from Ethical Drugs

"My brothers and I were surrounded by music growing up," explains Kamtin Mohager, the genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist behind The Chain Gang of 1974. "Not Beatles albums or anything like that; more like the Persian records our parents played all the time. And when we got older, it was up to us to discover everything."

Born in San Jose and raised in Hawaii, Mohager spent his first 13 years playing inline hockey and dreaming of being drafted by the NHL. His thoughts shifted to music soon after a move to Colorado, however. All thanks to the sinking feeling he felt after seeing the final scene in Real Genius. That'd be the part where "Everybody Wants To Rule the World" kicks in, tugging at the audience's collective heartstrings like only the finest Reagan era records can.

"That's definitely been the goal with my music all along," says Mohager. "The emotion isn't just in the vocals or the lyrics. It's in the songwriting itself."