REVIEW: Chapel Club, The Leadmill

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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 fitted the bill perfectly.

Since forming three years ago, despite none of their four 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. Their debut album Palace, produced by maestro Paul Epworth, was released last week.

An 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 front man Lewis Bowman floated his intelligent lyrics.

Bodies, despite a few technical problems, had fans singing along and was the highlight of a very impressive set topped with an encored new song, an eight-minute rendition of Widows.

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

Sean Bruce