Coming straight outta Stockton, crazy motherfuckers named, well, THE CHAPMAN FAMILY are embarking on a UK tour to air some new tunes and challenge the nation’s lugholes, and it all kicks off at The Hop in Wakefield tonight.
Very much the antithesis of chart-topping, arena-filling, middle-of-the-road rock, the five-piece from a smoky, shadowy corner of the North-east are a forceful entity, absorbing contempt for celebrity celebration, mediocrity and complacency and releasing their energies through their live performances.
“Either the single greatest night of their lives or their maybe even their worst. Usually their greatest,” says frontman Kinglsey of what the crowd can expect from a Chapman Family show.
The band formed in 2007 and since then they’ve been picked to play Glastonbury (by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, ironically), joined the NME Radar Tour with La Roux, played with Everything Everything an The Drums at SXSW, played Leeds and Reading Festivals, had a few line-up changes, and released their deliciously dark debut album Burn Your Town.
Somehow managing to elude The Big Time, the band, undaunted, but a little battered from the Biz, dusted themselves down, kept chaotic and carried on, channelling their vitriol – with slightly good timing – through their last EP Cruel Britannia, which came out last June.
They hold no punches, never bite their tongue and readily unleash abhorrence at a country falling to rack and ruin. They have mastered the true spirit of punk in a turbulent time when no-one seems to dare (or care) to speak out. Their anger should be your anger. Their voice should be your voice.
Whatever you’re doing tonight, cancel. You can set your Sky+ to record The Big Reunion. Go watch some live music, and by live, I mean alive – full of heart, passion and determination.
Download The Chapman Family’s new single Adult HERE and enjoy the schizophrenic vignette below:
THE CHAPMAN FAMILY are playing at The Hop in Wakefield tonight. Support comes from THE AINSLEY BAND and THE GRAND. It’s a mere fiver in and doors open at 7.30pm.