One night in October, the four boys of Chief did the impossible. Theband had played a couple of shows at a gentleman's bar in New York'sFinancial District, a joint "where it smells like strippers," when, onthe night of one show, management called to cancel. With just hours tospare, the band jumped into action -- three hours, S.O.S. calls formicrophones and a sizable fleet of cabs later, Chief and over a hundredof its fans upgraded to the Bowery Hotel.
It was just another day at the office for the band that has all ofLos Angeles rooting for them. Evan Koga, Danny Fujikawa, MichaelFujikawa and Michael Moonves all grew up in L.A. and relocated to NewYork to study at NYU (where the latter continues to study music)."Harmonies are very L.A.," says Moonves of the band's relationship totheir origins. Indeed, with three guitarists and stadium-sized choruses,Chief are the masters of their domain. Citing Crosby, Stills and Nash;Bob Dylan; and Neil Young as influences, Koga and Danny Fujikawa writebeach-flavored pop songs with a certain Sunset Boulevard nostalgia. Butthe boys insist they’re settled in New York, and, perhaps fittingly, thelyrics are fraught with issues of solitude and claustrophobia.
While they shop for a record label, the band has kept busy on awhirlwind tour of college campuses and gigs around the city. And theycan count Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen among their crew of devoteddowntown fans. Chief has recorded and self-released a five-song EPentitled "The Castle Is Gone." With a sly streak and a healthy dose ofself-consciousness, the title alludes to a familiar Los Angeles sitedestroyed by the recent fires in Malibu; says Koga, "It's adramatization of our coming of age."
Photo Assistant: Fumie Hara. Pictured: (l-r) Mike Moonves, Danny Fujikawa,Michael Fujikawa, Evan Koga.
Pictured: (l-r) Mike Moonves, Danny Fujikawa,Michael Fujikawa, Evan Koga.