Release Date: Mar 7, 2011
Record label: Electric Toaster
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Patience may be a virtue but whoever came up with that cliché clearly read from the same book as whoever may be in charge of The Chapman Family’s release schedule. There can simply be no other explanation as to why it has taken a whole four years for this Stockton-on-Tees four piece to transition themselves from the release of their double A-side single, ‘You Are Not Me / You Think You're Funny’, to this year's debut album Burn Your Town. Whilst no record could live up to the expectations generated by such a long gestation, not least a moderately accomplished collection of rough cut post-punk, Kingsley Chapman and co haven’t completely dropped the ball here either.
My first experience with The Chapman Family dates back to SXSW 2010. While opening for We Are Scientists at some random show, lead singer Kingsley Chapman wrapped the microphone cord around his neck while emitting visceral screams as the band smashed and tore into their respective instruments. Suffice it to say, it was an amazing show. Now, a year later, the band are readying their debut album, Burn Your Town.
Thunderous and well-produced gloomy goth-rock from the northeast. Mike Haydock 2011 Everything about Stockton-on-Tees band The Chapman Family reeks of an attempt to create a cult – or, worse, the impression of a cult. A cult constructed to suck you in, give you a sense of belonging, and then sell you things. It’s there in their band name, it’s there in their "rebellious" album title, and it’s there on the album cover: teenagers kissing in a bleak subway.