Bands to Watch #159: Chapel Club

By on Thursday, 21st January 2010 at 12:00 pm

Last year saw the resurgence of indie gloom as the brilliant White Lies stampeded onto the musical circuit with their melancholic mass of an album, ‘To Lose My Life’. Today, we’d like to introduce Chapel Club, a super hip quintet similarly embracing said glum side of the guitar (yet contrastingly distancing themselves from the completely unavoidable White Lies comparisons, I’m quite sure).

Chapel Club basically consist of the following elements : epic drums, scuzzy guitars, Peter Hook bass lines (Factory Records would have certainly considered pressing this lot had they existed back in 1980) and haunting vox spouting tragic lyrics of love like a young Scott Walker. Yes, there is an undoubted air of pretentiousness hovering around this upcoming quintet, with ‘Machine Music’ ending in a spoken word recital, and founder Michael Hibbert claiming to derive influence from “vintage natural history illustrations and stop-motion film shorts”, but hey, at least their misty music is pretty damn great. So, if you like your Harry McVeighs, and you like your Chapman Familys, I recommend you hit Chapel Club’s MySpace page to hear more.

While you’re here, check out the official video to ‘O Maybe I’, below.


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