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Album Review

Released after a year's worth of touring and buzz-building, Palace marks Chapel Club's full-length debut. Producer Paul Epworth, flush with success after helming Cee-Lo Green's Lady Killer and Florence and the Machine's Lungs, frames the band's dramatic indie rock with atmospheric textures and soft, ringing guitars.

Customer Reviews

Chapel Club

I've been listening to this band since 2009 and they've done nothing but put out great music since. Lewis Bowman (vocals) sounds like Morrisey of The Smiths and they're 80's post-punk and 90's shoegaze tunes do nothing but please. I highly recommed this album.

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Been listening to these guys for a better part of a year, it's really good. Once and awhile the UK has a band that fits the hype and draws from the blueprint such as the Smith's in this case but does it in a way that sounds new and a bit different....

The Shore is a great song to start with as well as O Maybe I

Okay, Smiths, but so much more...

Two reviewers have mentioned the influence of the Smiths on Chapel Club's sound, but I hear so much more. What about Echo and the Bunnymen?! To my ear, the vocals are much closer to Ian McCulloch than Morrisey. For percussion, what about Mighty Lemon Drops? And I hear some Ride in the shoegazey swirl with that driving beat behind, especially on tracks like The Shore and Surfacing. Some of the guitar work sounds like Robin Guthrie Himself was guesting.

This is a good combination of late 80's post punk and shoegaze, and although The Smiths played a big part in that transformation, this album is so much more than riffing on them. They're riffing on two colliding eras in British pop. This is classic stuff. Buy the whole thing!

Biography

Formed: 2008 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Initially a throwback to the Manchester scene, specifically the sound of the Smiths, Chapel Club formed in the summer of 2008 in London. Guitarist Michael Hibbert founded the group along with drummer Rich Mitchell, vocalist Lewis Bowman, and childhood friends Liam Arklie (bass) and Alex Parry (guitar). After much debate, Chapel Club were ultimately named after St. Luke’s Church, where the band practiced. After the group made waves in England with live performances, debut single "Surfacing" was released...
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