Fans of Chapel Club may have recently heard their new single and scratched their collective craniums with a confused expression. Is this the same band that had previously issued the storming anthem-filled "Palace" (a UK Top 40 album, no less)? Can this be Chapel Club, as in "Five Trees", "All the Eastern Girls" and "Surfacing"? That Chapel Club? There can be only one, to coin a phrase from a well-known '80s action-movie.
After tickling the fringes of crossover success and press-acclaim in 2010/11 with their last material, written at a time when the band were still figuring out precisely where they were heading, singer Lewis Bowman and co have unplugged their guitars, drums and basses and switched on (and cranked up) the synths. Has the decision worked? You decide - the video is right here and the song is "Good Together". It's a rather more-ish little number that sounds all grown-up and boyish at the same time - we think they've done good (so far). You can vote for the song to be featured on Steve Lamacq's Rebel Playlist on BBC 6 Music here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/steve-lamacq/features/rebel-playlist/
Further evidence of these changes in sound can be gleaned from seeing them live and it just so happens they're touring in support of their next album. Their short tour begins in Birmingham on 23rd March, followed by Leeds, Glasgow, Brixton and Brighton on the 27th.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10 or less!
In addition, the band will also appear at Stockton Calling 2013 on 30th March, along with the likes of Nine Black Alps, TOY, Fossil Collective and more - the entire day costs just £14.50 (plus fee). Tickets are available from here http://www.stocktoncalling.co.uk/Tickets