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Chapel Club @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

This Is Ark writer, Sean Bruce, tells us how London’s Chapel Club “justify the hype“. 

Photograph courtesy of Ben Rayner

On a miserably cold and wet day South Yorkshire music fans were looking for something to raise their spirits and alternative rockers Chapel Club’s sold out gig at the intimate Steel Stage fitted the bill perfectly. Since forming 3 years ago, despite none of their 4 singles making any impression on the charts, the London quintet are feted by the music press on the strength of their live set and played the full festival circuit and the NME Radar Tour last year.

Debut

Their debut album Palace, produced by maestro Paul Epworth, was released last week on the same label, Loog, as Courteeners. Vocalist / front man Lewis Bowman certainly has bags of confidence, but unlike Liam Frey, displays his in a more understated way than the Mancunian.

Originally starting life as Palace, they tried Golden Age before settling on Chapel Club, due predictably, to their rehearsal room being next door to a church in London.

Rocky Start

The eager mass, of all ages, gave the band a great welcome and through their rich atmospheric music created an impressive soundscape on which the diminutive Lewis floated his intelligent, articulate lyrics. Bodies, despite a few technical problems, had fans singing along and was maybe the highlight of a very impressive set topped off with an encored new song, an 8 minute rendition of Widows.

I was one of many who rushed to buy the album from the merch stand after the gig only to be told they weren’t on sale there,  so a trip to Record Collector will be a must this week.

It’s refreshing to able to say, for once, I’ve seen a young band in Chapel Club who definitely justify all the hype.

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