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Single Review: The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – “The Chefs Song”

If you’ve ever worked in a kitchen, hotel, or similar, this song is for you. Line Cook, Busser, Server, Front Desk, Cleaner, really any hospitality-bound job will definitely find some relation in this campy, satirical creation off the duo’s upcoming sophomore album ‘Trust No Leaders’ debuting July 1st, 2022.

Speaking about their new track, “The Chefs Song”, The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara share:

“The song is a satirical vaudeville that dramatizes the pressures of working in a busy kitchen in order to shed light on the urgency of the issue of inhospitable and exploitative working conditions in the hospitality sector. What the theatrical comedy of the song belies is a sinister truth, a tragedy that plagues our modern societies — the prevalence of modern slavery in the 21st century.”



The song starts off much like Dinner Theatre with “Ladies and Gentlemen” leading to what the show will entail including guest appearances, and a funny bit about leaving children in the cloakroom alongside opinions since ‘no one wants to hear them, really.’

The chorus is a banger of repetitive one-liners we’ve all felt in exact replication or similar, “I don’t want to overcook” in representation of the panic and pressure that comes with the industry. But it is the verse “Chop Chop, Underpaid labour, Wash your hands, First In, First Out, You are useless,” that really hammers home the truth in this hammerhead of a track.

At just over 2-minutes in length, this song is a quick hit of completely relatable truths that hit all too close to home for those of us who have experience in an industry that truly undervalues its workers. With harsh vocals, and vicious melody, this song is a quick and simple banger that’s easy to find yourself lost in, identifying all too well with the verses from beginning to end.

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