Chapel Club (Lost & Found clubnight) - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

Chapel Club (Lost & Found clubnight) - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

by Miz DeShannon Rating: Release Date:

Having seen Chapel Club last year, on a bill with bands who were quite different to them, I wasn't sure whether it was them I didn't like, or the event itself. Eyes (and ears) wide open and ready for what the guys at Lost & Found Club had for us.

The band have been on a bit of a roll lately, with a stint at the ace Field Day Festival in London, on the Freitags stage (Freitags is usually found at Common every Friday night) slots lined up at Leeds/Reading festivals as well as being NME faves.

Their brand of bassy 80s indie rock was sounding much better than previously experienced, with songs like 'Fine Light', and the brilliant 'O Maybe Aye' being very reminiscent of Echo & The Bunnymen or The Cure with some Depeche Mode thrown in here and there.

The packed venue responded well to a chirpy Lewis Bowman as he introduced each song to rapturous applause, contrasting to the sinister, brooding figure he poses when singing. Their latest single 'The Shore', quite epic for nowadays at six minutes long, had that deep echoing sound of west coast American rock like Black Angels with wailing layered guitar sounds of Arcade Fire.

Somehow a re-make of 'Dream a Little Dream' found its way into the set. Strange choice, but brilliantly executed in Chapel Club's distinguished style, and last song 'Paper Thin', a slower ballad type piece with thumping toms (if you can have ballads with music this slow already) finished the set off perfectly. What a beautifully atmospheric show.

MDS

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