It is great to hear bands like Wild Beasts and Chapel Club, bands who don’t play down their intelligence and aim for something that bit different to everything else.

And while Wild Beasts continue on the word-of-mouth-world-domination trajectory, Chapel Club are going for the jugular with what we have heard so far this year.

They released an ep, Five Trees in May, and have recently made available ‘The Shore’ for our listening pleasure. All this after two years together? Imagine where they will be in a few months.

They are playing the NME Radar Breakthrough tour in England, just below The Joy Formidable (more from them here), so will continue to grow in stature and should be very big by December.

But what do they sound like? Well, they would rather not say. “I dread that question, ‘Who do you sound like?’” says singer Lewis. “Not because it’s a bad question, it’s natural enough for someone to ask that. I’d just love to have a quick and accurate answer. But I can’t think of anyone we sound like, especially live. I end up reeling off influences from Deerhunter and New Order to the Bad Seeds, Scott Walker and Chet Baker – and leaving the person who asked more confused than they were to begin with.”

The band is completed by Michael (guitar/ keyboard), Alex (guitar), Liam (bass), and Rich (drums).

You can download the six minute epic ‘The Shore’ below; stream a Memory Tapes’ remix (surely a sign that a band is garnering the right attention); and watch a video for ‘O Maybe I’ below that.


Chapel Club- ‘The Shore’


Chapel Club- ‘Five Trees’ (Memory Tapes’ remix)

Chapel Club – O Maybe I (Official Video) from Chapel Club on Vimeo.

Chapel Club are signed to A&M Records, and are recording with Paul Epworth. You can get the Five Trees ep on iTunes

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