Chon (stylized as CHON) is an American progressive metal band from San Diego, California. The band originally consisted of bassist Esiah Camarena, drummer Nathan Camarena, and guitarists Erick Hansel and Mario Camarena. Esiah left the band by the time of their debut EP release Newborn Sun in 2013, and was replaced by bassist Drew Pelisek. Garrick played the Trombone in the band for 2 months. On November 8, 2015, Chon stated via their Twitter feed that they have parted ways with Drew Pelisek due to 'artistic differences'. It was also confirmed by Drew on a personal account.
Chon began in 2008 with the recording of a self-titled demo. In 2010, the band took a break, even though they got together in 2011 to record two new songs, "Og" and "Breathe." They returned in 2013 with the release of their debut EP titled Newborn Sun. The following year Chon released their second EP, titled Woohoo!. In this year Chon embarked on two nationwide tours with Animals as Leaders. In December of 2014, Chon signed with Sumerian Records and announced they are releasing their debut full length the following year. On February 5, 2015, the band announced their debut full length titled Grow will be released in March of 2015. On March 5, the band premiered their song Can't Wait from the album via Red Bull. They released the album on March 24. Eight days prior the band embarked on a 27 date tour supporting Circa Survive. On December 16, 2015, Chon announced their first full US headlining tour, with accompanying bands Polyphia and Strawberry Girls.
Mario Camarena - guitar (2008–2010; 2012-present)
Nathan Camarena - drums, percussion (2008–2010; 2012-present)
Erick Hansel - guitar (2008–2010; 2012-present)
Esiah Camarena - bass guitar (2008-2010)
Drew Pelisek - bass guitar, vocals (2012–2015)