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In the Post #31: The Chapman Family – Virgins

By on Wednesday, 7th October 2009 at 12:00 pm

I first introduced The Chapman Family way back in November of last year. I loved their energetic post-punk, tainted by a distinctive graveyard gloom which had Joy Division stamped all over it, It’s great to see that, one year on, the Teeside quartet are doing super well for themselves, with next week bringing about the release of second single, ‘Virgins’.

The Chapman Family continue to wreak audio darkness with their latest musical slice. Wavey guitars, thrashing drums and throbbing bass lines make up the melody to the monstrous ‘Virgins’. The sullen vocals are a little White Lies, while the poppy chorus hooks are uber Maximo Park. However, The Chapman Family add their own distinctively dark layer, which makes for excitingly intimidating listening. Indeed, ‘Virgins’ has an undoubted air of infectious passion. Frontman, Kingsley Chapman rigidly sings “Please don’t let us hold you back!”, over the thundering, gyrating bass, before a combustion of guitars and tom-tom thrashes bring about the musical climax at the end of the track. You must check out the official video to ‘Virgins’, below, to hear more of this super sinister stuff.


Check out The Chapman Family’s MySpace page.

‘Virgins’ is released October 19th. Pre-order it over at Rough Trade now.


Preview: Evolution Weekender 2009

By on Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Wombats - press shotWe all hear about the major summer festivals taking place across Blighty this ’09 – but here at There Goes The Fear, we like to bring you previews of those smaller, little known music events too! This week, we’d like to tell you about Evolution 2009. The festival, which started back in 2005, has grown rapidly in both size and popularity over the past few years and Evolution ’09 looks set to be the biggest and best yet!

The Newcastle-based festival is certainly ahead of the big name summer events in the calender stakes, taking place across the May bank holiday (Sunday 24th – Sunday 25th May). Still, the outdoor shows, which will take place along Gateshead’s quayside, are fully expected to attract a crowd of around 60,000. Judging by the line-up, we can see why!

Headliners confirmed so far include Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats (pictured right), Mystery Jets, The View and The Maccabees. Other impressive TGTF-favourites playing the Evolution Weekender include White Lies, Ladyhawke, Esser, Friendly Fires, Little Boots, Twisted Wheel, Marina and the Diamonds, Chapman Family, VV Brown and The Big Pink.

(And breathhhh….!) Impressive, don’t you agree? You can even catch headline electronica acts such as Boys Noize, Chase & Status Live and Kissy Sell Out over at the dance stage too, should something a little less guitar-based take your fancy.

If it couldn’t get any better, a weekend ticket for Evolution 2009 is priced at just £15! You can also grab a day ticket for £9.50 (note : only weekend tickets are on sale at the moment – day tickets go on sale Thursday!). Furthermore, a contribution of the ticket price will be donated to WaterAid. If you’d like to learn more about the festival and general ticket info, check out Evolution 2009’s website.


La Roux and friends on 2009 NME Radar Tour / April and May 2009

By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 8:01 pm

La RouxTwo of the bands that we first previewed here at TGTF, La Roux and The Chapman Family, have announced that they’ll be going off on the NME Radar tour in late April and early May. They’ll be joined by Magistrates and Heartbreak.

La Roux, who we first introduced here, is headlining the annual NME hunt for new talent, whilst The Chapman Family, who we introduced here, look set to be second on.

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 4th March.

Catch the bands at:

Wednesday 29th April 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 30th April 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 1st May 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy
Wednesday 6th May 2009 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 8th May 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – Birmingham Academy 2
Thursday 14th May 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
Sunday 17th May 2009 – Stoke Sugarmill
Monday 18th May 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 19th May 2009 – London KOKO logoTo find tickets, we suggest you try using Needtickets. offers you the most comprehensive ticket service in the UK. With one click you can search every nationwide online ticket agent and as a result you can find tickets for any live music event that can be booked online. Every ticket is 100% guaranteed as only offers links to official agents.


Bands to Watch #37: The Chapman Family

By on Sunday, 2nd November 2008 at 5:56 pm

This is one for all you Joy Division fans to check out. Before you’ve even listened to The Chapman Family, it’s clear to all they’re influenced by the Manc band – they’ve placed them as their top friend on MySpace, for starters. Distorted guitars, heavy basslines and dark vocals – The Chapman Family have already gained an ickle bit of a reputation thanks to their support slots alongside bands such as We Are Scientists and Reverend and the Makers.

Their edgy tunes echo those of Maximo Park, with a great deal more grit and a lot less commercialism. The Chapmans are pure energetic gloom, guaranteed to get your pace beating a little faster thanks to their hardcore, surrealist sounds that wouldn’t be out of place in a sweaty club deep underground.

Now, however, the band are rising, ready to spread their strangeness on a riotous trip across the U.K, starting out in November at Cardiff and coming to an end in their hometown of Stockton on Tees mid December. If you can catch them live, be prepared for a chaotic bash – the band are currently filing a request for donations of old guitars which they’ll happily destroy on stage for you (really!).

Want to download just one track to get a feel for them? We suggest ‘Sounds of the Radio‘ – go on, give it a listen!


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