Chris Clavin

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Chris Clavin
Birth name Christopher Johnston
Origin Indiana, USA
Genres punk
Labels Plan-It-X Records

Chris Clavin (born Christopher Johnston; August 23, 1979) is a musician, anarchist and record label owner from Indiana, USA, with a strict DIY (do-it-yourself) punk ethic. He has been involved in numerous punk bands and runs Plan-It-X Records, a label founded in 1994.

Bands involved in[edit]

Clavin has been a part of many (primarily pop punk and folk punk) bands that have toured all over the world, some of them very influential in the DIY punk scene. Below is a partial list of the bands Clavin has played a part in.

Solo musical projects[edit]

Clavin started working on solo recordings in the fall of 2004 when he wrote a song and recorded it in the same day to give to someone as a gift. He tried to write and record one song a day. He only made it 8 days. Those 8 songs along with 7 others are on the first album, "May All Liars Burn in Hell". The idea behind his solo projects is to write songs without thinking about them, to be pure in writing and hold nothing back. Occasionally Clavin utilized his friends "Colorblind" Joe, McKayla or others for help. Primarily playing with acoustic guitar or ukulele, he has toured the US West Coast, Midwest, and Europe multiple times.

As Captain Chaos[edit]

Captain Chaos
Origin Bloomington, IN, USA
Genres Folk-punk
Years active 2004–2008
Labels Plan-It-X Records, Anti-Creative Records, Fall of the West Records, The Scientist and The Duke Records, Sweet Now Records, Big Magic Records, Crafty Records, Valiant Death Records
Members Chris Johnston ("Chris Clavin") - acoustic guitar, vocals
and sometimes
Colorblind Joe - ukulele, backing vocals
McKayla - backing vocals
Matty pop chart - piano
Symbol of chaos, found on Captain Chaos CD's

When Clavin first started releasing solo songs, he did not want his typical moniker attached to them. Spoonboy (of The Max Levine Ensemble) gave him the name Captain Chaos. Though Clavin did not like the name, it stuck. He released six full-length albums, one split, and appeared on a handful of compilations and other small projects as Captain Chaos before using his real name on his solo work (see further below).

Captain Chaos discography[edit]

Early works[edit]
  • Captain Chaos Cassette Tape
    Spoonboy's Tape Label, 2004
  • Tour CD-R CD-R
    Self-Released/chaos records, 2004
    (Would later go on to make up the bulk of May All Liars Burn in Hell)
Full-length albums[edit]
  • May All Liars Burn in Hell (a.k.a. self-titled) CD
    The Scientist and the Duke Records, 2006
  • This is CakeCD
    Crafty Records, April 5, 2006
  • Bloomington, Vol. 1 CD
    Big Magic Records, September 15, 2006
  • Ireland CD-R
    Valiant Death Records, October 23, 2006
  • The Fool CD
    Anti-Creative Records, March 12, 2007
  • For the Devil CD
    Fall of the West Records, April 1, 2007
  • Your Bright Eyes Are Gonna Kill Me For Sure CD-R
    Crafty Records, April 5, 2007
    Included in the boxed set (see below)
  • Nice and Friendly/Captain Chaos Split - Have Fun/Die Hard CD
    Sweet Now Records, January 11, 2008
Box set[edit]

All six of the full-length albums (and a bonus CDR of cover songs) were available in a hand-crafted wooden box set with hand-made art. These boxes were made by Dan Treiber of Crafty Records. Fifty-one of them were made. The first 25 were made out of recycled 99 year old barn wood. The second 26 were made out of recycled 1960 Canadian crate wood. The box set became officially available as of April 5, 2007. It is now out of print.

  • Bella's Birthday CD Digital Album (free!)
    Plan-It-X Records, April 5, 2005
  • Live At Bandit H.Q. CD-R
    DIY Bandits, 2006
  • The Three Dollar Gallon CD
    Crafty Records, December 16, 2006
  • Night of the Living Devilock: A DIY Tribute to the Misfits CD-R
    Playground's Greatest Records/Pop Monster! Records, 2006
  • Ponies in a Stable CD
    Don't Stop Believin' Records, April 2007
  • Thanks For The Floor CD
    Crafty Records March 2008

As Chris Clavin[edit]

In 2008, Clavin decided to stop releasing songs as Captain Chaos, and instead use his traditional moniker. He began to tour solo again on a small scale, and has released one album so far.

Chris Clavin discography[edit]

Full-length albums[edit]
  • The Roads Lead Everywhere LP
    Crafty Records, June 3, 2008
  • Secrets (Chris Clavin / Sara Cilantro Split) Cassette Tape
    Plan-It-X Records, 2009
  • Chris Clavin / Madeline Ava Split Cassette Tape
    Plan-It-X Records, November 2009
  • Chris Clavin / Andrew Lips Split Cassette Tape
    Plan-It-X Records, September 2010
  • Chris Clavin / Kyle Hall Split Cassette Tape
    Plan-It-X Records, 2011

Record labels[edit]

Clavin's solo projects have appeared on the following record labels (this list excludes compilations and smaller projects)

  • Anti-Creative Records
  • Big Magic Records
  • Boom Boom Tapes
  • Crafty Records
  • Fall of the West Records
  • Plan-It-X Records
  • The Scientist and the Duke Records
  • Sweet Now Records
  • Valiant Death Records
  • Rock-it Records

See also[edit]