The Chariot Have Never Broken Up
Since 2003, the Chariot have been laying waste to crowds and releasing albums of unwavering chaos, but the Georgia born hardcore outfit’s current and former members number in the double digits at this point. With the rotation of who’s in the van, many fans have assumed the band was breaking up at various points. Frontman Josh Scogin admitted to Noisecreep that fans confront him at shows, happily shocked that the Chariot are still together. “They hear a member is leaving and then that turns into we’re breaking up. We hear that enough to be funny.”
Despite the hearsay, the Chariot have in fact never come close to breaking up — or even canceling a tour. “I’ve always wanted to keep it going, so in that sense it’s been very easy,” Scogin admitted. “I look at it like this: I don’t want anything but us to say when the Chariot is over. I don’t want money to say when it’s over. I don’t want a label to say when it’s over. Even though losing people is always a bummer, and there is no easy way to do that. At the end of the day, getting new people — as of now — has always been pleasant and an easy process.”
‘Long Live’ — the band’s fourth album — was only recently released, but thoughts about the next album have already begun. Though each album has held to its own punk rock unpredictability, there is a certain pre-planning. In the case of ‘Long Live,’ the cover and album name came before a single song was written. “I think we’ll always explore boundaries,” Scogin laughed, thinking of where the band will go next.
“Me and our bassist [Jon “KC Wolf” Kindler] went to Waffle House — it was kind of random. It was [3 AM] and he was like, ‘I really want chocolate.’ We didn’t really mean to, but we ended up talking about the next record a whole bunch. We were talking about things we could do. It’s way to early to say, but if we can pull it off it’s going to blow people away; it’s going to blow us away.
“We’re always getting bored quick, so we’re always trying to explore something that will remedy that,” he added. “At the end of the day, I think we have a good filter, because there’s a difference between ‘that’s different’ and ‘that’s really good, yet different.”
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