The Chapman Family-Cruel Britannia (EP)

When you feel like you do not belong in the place where you are. When you feel like you just cannot understand all the hate and god knows what else around you; that whole outside looking in way of living- it drags you down. Only a small amount of bands can actually make you feel alright with your current state of mind. I remember when I first heard The Smiths, it was like someone was finally getting out these pent-up frustrations. Then I was turned onto Morrissey’s solo work which has always been apt and highly descriptive of how I feel about certain things and certain people. Those that observe and write in a way that puts you in the scenario are the best ones.

This is why I have a lot of love and respect for The Chapman Family.

Maybe it’s a Northern thing. Maybe us Northerners see the world for what it truly is and put it out there in a way that anyone can relate to. Just read the works of John Cooper Clarke, listen to The Fall- they have this way of just being so honest in a way that doesn’t harm anyone. It is real, and you relate.

Cruel Britannia is bloody brilliant EP which includes a fantastic cover of Morrissey’s Everyday Is Like Sunday (which it probably is really.) I firmly believe that these guys deserve to be huge, and I just don’t get why they aren’t. I feel as if I cannot praise this EP enough, and anything I write will make me sound like some obsessive fan. Well maybe I am. Maybe I am.

Adding a fifth member to the band has given them a slightly bigger sound. They have this sound that make you want to change everything around you. Sure it is hard when nobody will listen or lend a helping hand. Go your own way. Stand on your own, and don’t back down. All you have is yourself. It’s not always a bad thing.

Summer Song is my favourite. As Kingsley sings, “I’m wasting away.” A statement that evokes a sense of feeling worthless has never been so comforting.

The Chapman Family are touring throughout June, and the EP comes out 18th June.

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The EP is dark but hopeful, which makes the band believable. And if you believe, then it’ll all be okay.

The Chapman Family.

A couple of years ago, me and some chums had the honour of meeting The Chapman Family. I’d say interview but it was honestly just like sitting with a couple of chums in your living room discussing life and err…Girls Aloud (Call The Shots is a bloody good pop song.)

I love The Chapman Family because of many reasons. I think Kingsley is an AMAZING front-man, they covered Morrissey and it was incredible, they’re Northern and best of all? They make honest music that is dark and at the same time enlightening. Their debut record, Burn Your Town was one of the most slept on records from last year. I’m keeping my rage to myself about that. Because if I star I really won’t stop.


Rage aside, they’ve just put a new video up for This English Life which is taken from their new EP, Cruel Britannia.

The Chapman Family are probably saviours, let’s be honest. They will tell you how fucked up it all is- even if you are foolishly willing to turn a blind eye. Why you’d want to, I have no idea. I remember seeing them live and Kingsley was pretty much strangling himself on stage with the mic chord. I knew right there that I was about to love this band with all I have. It’s been a few years, and the love is still there.

You can catch the band live real soon. Please go. Just go. Go and love life. Love REAL music with intense passion, darkness and heart :


















Genuinely one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live, you do not want to miss out.

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The EP comes out on the 16th June, you should probably buy that. Oh and they are now a 5 piece which means MORE NOISE. SHIT YEAH!!!!

I’m so excited about this, I’m now going to nap.

The Chapman Family-Everday Is Like Sunday.

It takes a LOT for me to like a cover. It takes even more for me to even listen to someone cover The Smiths or Morrissey. Dum Dum Girls are the only ones to have covered a song by The Smiths that I love as much as the original. I try to not listen to covers of songs I love, that I have such an emotional connection with because I really don’t want the song that means the world to me, to be royally fucked up and enitirely ruined.

Did I think that The Chapman Family would ruin a Morrissey song? No. Far from it. I knew that they would make it their own. However, I didn’t expect it to make me instantly cry because for some reason or another, I felt it more than I did compared to when hearing Moz sing it. Maybe it’s because Kingsley’s voice is so haunting on this cover. He sounds just as perfect as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. He’s made the song less witty- and more frustrated, and dark.

You see, Morrissey makes you listen to the song and take it in a comical manner. You sort of ignore how frustrated he seems. The way in which Kingsley sings it, my god, it just breaks your heart. Today, during my lunch break I walked on the beach. The cold wind challenged my ability to walk without the odd wobble. The grey sea had seagulls bobbing along, probably freezing to death. Everyday Is Like Sunday never seemed so fitting. I always associate this song with the Isle of Man (please someone take me away from here.) and after hearing Morrissey sing it here this year, it just meant even more.

For some reason, The Chapman Family’s version of this song touches my heart in a different and maybe deeper way. If I could put it into words that could make sense- I would. However, I don’t think I can. Easily one of my favourite covers I’ve ever heard. A truly underrated band, no doubt.


Songs Of 2009.

Okay so I’ve done albums of the year, now I’m going to attempt doing the songs of the year. I’ll edit this at least 10 times before being content with my choices. No order, until the last 3…as usual!

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-Dance The Way I Feel. I firmly believe that this song can make the most miserable person feel happy listening to this. They are a friggin’ brilliant live band and I hope next year sees them becoming massive.

Frankmusik-Better Off As Two. Best friend got me into Frankmusik. I love this song.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Zero. The video alone was good. I want Karen O’s jacket from this video. I think a sense of power or something would come from wearing it.

Ellie Goulding-Under The Sheets. She’ll be big next year, by rights.

Marina & The Diamonds-I Am Not A Robot. The lyrics tug at your heartstrongs and make you think it’s all going to be okay because let’s face it, it always is 🙂

La Roux-I’m Not Your Toy. I could’ve gone for Bulletproof, but I didn’t. I prefer this song to what’s been released so far. BUT, Quicksand will ALWAYS be a personal favourite.

Norah Jones-Chasing Pirates. I’m pretty much in love with her new album.

Lightspeed Champion-Marlene. I know this out next year but the video is already out so….fuck it! Besides, his new album will probably be one of the best albums out next year.

Girls-Lust For Life. I was very happy that this wasn’t an Iggy Pop cover. Nobody should cover Iggy Pop. EVER.

Camera Obscura-French Navy. Goosebumps everywhere when I first heard this. Still happens now.

Golden Silvers-True Romance.  A band that I’m so glad I saw live. This song has some good memories tied to it. The main one being seeing them support Florence, and Florence touching my shoulder saying “excuse me” to get past and dancing in front of me and my best mate to this.

The Saturdays-Forever Is Over. This has “FUCK YOU” written all over it, which is probably why I love it.

Lady GaGa-Bad Romance- RA RA AH AH…You know how it goes. I love this an unhealthy amount (some would say..I disagree) The reference to Hitchcock’s films and the video just make it even more amazing than it already is.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys-Empire State Of Mind. Two of my favourite artists on the same record. Musical heaven. Reasonable Doubt will always be my favourite Jay album but this reminds me why I love him.

The Dead Weather-Treat Me Like Your Mother. The video is amazing and I love Alison. No more needs to be said really.

Julian Casablancas-11th Dimension. This was enough to make me forget that The Strokes haven’t put an album out since 2005.

Florence + The Machine- You’ve Got The Love. Seeing a few thousand people around you sing along to every word is probably the best thing I’ve seen this year. My favourite cover EVER.

Metric-Help I’m Alive. I hate the word epic but that’s the only word to use to describe this song.

The Raveonettes-Last Dance. Sweet, cute, perfect.

Spinnerette-Baptized By Fire. The lyrics alone are pretty friggin’ cool. I love Brody, who doesn’t?!

Bat For Lashes-Daniel. Natasha Khan possess one of the best voices in the world right now.

Bloc Party-One More Chance. Sounds like a 90s dance track and it’s Bloc Party. Perfect.

thecocknbullkid-I’m Not Sorry. This may have come out last year? But whatever, I still love it. Album next year. ‘BOUT TIME!

The Horrors-Sea Within A Sea. 7 minutes of musical genius. I remember waiting for the countdown to end on thier website and seeing this.

Doll & The Kicks-You Turn Up. Love this band to pieces and I think they need to be signed. NOW. Lovely people and amazing live.

The Chapman Family- Virgins. Kingsley Chapman is lovely. The Chapman Family also need to be signed ASAP.

White Lies-To Lose My Life. So dark and haunting.

TOP 5!!!

Fever Ray-If I Had A Heart. Strange and beautiful.

Morrissey- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. Anything Moz does is genius, but this is easily my favourite single of his in a long time. The lyrics speak to me and probably most of Moz’s fans. It just reinforces our unconditional love for him.

The xx- Crystalised. Favourite new band of the year. Awesome live. The album is brilliant from start to finish.

Florence + The Machine- Dog Days Are Over. Pretty much the same as what I said about You’ve Got The Love. I love the video to this. Makes me want to run through a forest in a tux. I won’t though.

Florence + The Machine-Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). I remember where I was when I first heard this and I remember crying just like, hit me in the gut. Right in the gut and I got this feeling of “shit…everything is pretty fucked up right now but I’m going to be fine.” Lo and behold I am! Morbid story aside, this song is just brilliant. The live version of this with Isabella doing the 90s balaric keyboard solo makes me weak and fucking happy. You need to physically see it to understand. I don’t need to go into detail about the importance of this song to me. If I was writing about album tracks too, I’d put Blinding, Howl and Cosmic Love in the list.