Chilliwack band Joanie Loves Chachi released its fourth album called My Brother’s Karate in June 2020. (Claudia Wyler Photography)

Chilliwack band Joanie Loves Chachi releases new album, already an award-winner

The local punk rock band’s new album ‘My Brother’s Karate’ available as digital download

A Chilliwack punk rock band has released its fourth album, one which has already won an award.

Earlier this month, the band Joanie Loves Chachi released its newest record called My Brother’s Karate. It was recognized during the fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards back in November in the Punk category.

READ MORE: Chilliwack artists recognized at fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards

Joanie Loves Chachi is a three-piece band of high school friends that was formed in 1996. Their sound blends irresistibly catchy melodies with fist-pumping, foot-stomping rhythms.

As with many bands, releasing an album amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a first for them.

Despite the dampening effect that the pandemic has had, they are experiencing some success on the North American College Radio Charts, debuting in a few top tens including number one in Glasboro, New Jersey, said Dean Young, one of the founding members.

The band is looking forward to playing live gigs again.

“We have a few other things going on right now as we are ramping up for release shows, anxiously awaiting the lifting of gathering restrictions to determine when and where those will be,” Young said.

During the early 2000s Joanie Loves Chachi caught the attention of music supervisors for the Space Channel series Alienated and as a result, some of their music from their first album ‘Please Keep Of The Grass’ was used in a few episodes of the show.

My Brother’s Karate was recorded at Raincity Recorders in Vancouver and was produced by Jesse Gander.

You can purchase a digital download of the album on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, iTunes and Deezer.

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Chilliwack band Joanie Loves Chachi released its fourth album called My Brother’s Karate in June 2020. (Submitted)

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