CHAPEL CLUB

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THE LOW­DOWN This London band have been knock­ing around for a few years, since gui­tarist Michael Hib­bert cor­ralled a group of like-minded mu­si­cal soul­mates. They’ve al­ready re­leased sev­eral sin­gles, but it’s only in re­cent months that the jug­ger­naut’s revs have sounded loudly out­side the UK. That’s largely thanks to a hugely im­pres­sive turn on the re­cent sea­son of Later with Jools Hol­land, where their song Sur­fac­ing – which plucks lyrics from Dream a Lit­tle Dream of Me – sounded in­tense and in­cen­di­ary in singer Lewis Bow­man’s ca­pa­ble hands. The dif­fer­ence be­tween Chapel Club and the re­lent­less wave of young gui­tar bands is that these guys have the songs as well as the fire­power. And okay, yes – there’s a def­i­nite thread of 1980s in­die stitch­ing them to­gether, but that’s no bad thing. Watch out for Paul Ep­worth-pro­duced de­but al­bum Palace in the com­ing weeks.

SOUND­BITE “In­die-rock that ef­fort­lessly mar­ries smooth, force­ful croon­ing with epic cho­ruses”

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