CHOPPER: Vocals, guitar
DAVE STYER: Guitar, vocals
CHARLES JENSEN: Bass
JUD POWELL: Drums
When I saw the Switch play at Todd’s one drunken autumn evening, I found the next day that I had written, barely legibly, “they play metal math rock for stoners.” They only played four songs that night, but they can rock harder in four songs than most bands in a dozen. It’s the first pairing of local punk legend Chopper with brother Dave Styer, and it’s a great
combination to hear them together finally. They jammed for several months without a drummer, but adding powerhouse stickwielder Jud Powell, also of Le Force, was a lucky stroke for them. “We write about a lot of rock stuff like mystical realms, as well as real life,” Chopper explains. “I Don’t Know” was the first song the band wrote together, and they
rarely play the closest thing they have to a ballad anymore, as it’s a bit slow for Powell’s taste. Still, Chopper likes it because it’s contemplative— “Sometimes I think we’ve been given all these things in life and what do we do? We waste them.” It’s about both being more goal-oriented and stopping to smell the roses. Next time they play, put them down in your day planner! —Stakerized!