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Chapel Club – Surfacing

January 6, 2011 by  

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Chapel Club – Surfacing

NAME: Chapel Club
SINGLE: Surfacing
DATE: 17January2011

LABEL: Loog Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Dark, Majestic, Definate Instant Classic

LOCATION: Dalston, London

LINE UP: Lewis Bowman – Vocals, Michael Hibbert – Guitars, Liam Arklie – Bass, Alex Parry – Guitars, Rich Mitchell – Drums


WHAT’S THE STORY?: ‘Surfacing’ has had a difficult history, first recorded way back in August 2009, it never saw the light of day, despite critical acclaim by the bucketload and Zane Lowe exuberantly proclaiming it the ‘Hottest Record In The World.’ Lofty. Finally, the brooding London fellows from Chapel Club are letting it loose, after a year of relentless touring and a growing fanbase with single ‘All The Eastern Girls.’ Despite a fairly sparse output to date, the band are worthy of your full attention, and will undoubtedly become pretty big in 2011 with the release of their debut album, ‘Palace.’

SOUNDS LIKE: This is a curious, majestic single with curious existential lyrics in the vein of the Pixies or Interpol. And if this track is anything to go by, Chapel Club really do deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those legends. Lewis Bowman’s vocals are rich and deep, Curtis-esque. They fit perfectly with the dark, watery lyrics and chorus which is essentially a very sinister version of 50s standard, ‘Dream A Little Dream.’ This in itself is pretty disturbing, and would fit well on a horror soundtrack, perhaps. The delivery is cold and detatched, the images of ‘bodies swinging in the sycamore tree’ and being eaten (?) by sharks sounding like updated passages from Kafka. While all this is happening, wall of noise guitars melt into eachother and a pounding, urgent bass swells and drives the song towards its breakdown. As a whole, ‘Surfacing’ has an remarkably confident feel to it, as though they have been huge for years. A dark moodiness prevails throughout, the atmosphere is as murky as the vicious waters Chapel Club are emerging from. Repeat listens are warranted due to the sheer scale of the song, the rich instrumentation, the bizarre chorus and well, because it’s just that goshdarned good.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You want to be on board with the next big thing in thinking man’s indie rock.


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