Korey Dane grew up in Long Beach, CA, as a skateboarder kid with a gearhead father and an English teacher mother and with a guitar he learned to love as he learned to play, letting a few inherited books and a handful of records lead him away from home and into the great American unknown. That's where he found his last album Youngblood, born from months exploring and hitchhiking and putting songs together piece by piece, then presented as promise and potential to veteran producer and A&R man Tony Berg (X, Public Image Ltd.). He set up in Berg's Zeitgeist Studios and with a crew of top-notch sessioneers – just like they used to do with the Wrecking Crew during L.A.'s golden age – he hammered Youngblood into something real, releasing it with Innovative Leisure in the fall of 2015.
He tapped a few close friends to back him and cut follow-up Chamber Girls almost completely live, searing instinct and experience direct to tape at L.A.'s analog time capsule Valentine Recording Studios. He produced everything himself, too, except for a quick assist from Berg on one a song, inspired by the deceptively simple ethos he'd internalized while making Youngblood: pursue greatness. Opener "Half Asleep" is a Westerberg-style wake-up call and from there it's an album made from ash and fire, with a burner like "Hard Times" (and its swaggering Big Star guitar) only steps away from the smoky but stark "Always." "Down In The Hole" is like Tom Waits back alley cabaret by Leonard Cohen's deathless ladies' man. And closer "Steady Forever" is a streak of light like the hungry young Springsteen, with lyrics hiding literature.