Single "Anxiety" disponible le 28 Février 2011

With two limited edition single releases already under their belts and after a long stint in a studio in the North East of England with producer Richard Jackson (Future Of The Left / Mclusky), The Chapman Family have been meticulously crafting and recording their long awaited debut album.

The Teesside quartet make a strong comeback with new single 'All Fall'.

The stop/start nature of the bands short, but successful career so far is due to a strong belief that their debut album has to be perfect as Kingsley (vocals/guitar) explains:

“We genuinely don't see the point in releasing an album that is half arsed or rushed, we want it to come out all guns blazing. We're not, and never have been, a "fashionable band" so it's not like we needed to hurry and record in order to jump on the Mumfordisation of popular (allegedly) alternative music bandwagon that's currently rumbling along at a mediocre yet public pleasing pace.”

Their hiatus from releasing music and putting all their energies into this album has strained relationships, triggered bouts of depression and near caused bankruptcy. However, the fruits of this labour are evident in new track 'All Fall' , a trademark white noise-fuelled Chapman Family anthem that unleashes a modern art-punk sing-along when you least expect it.

Kingsley (vocals/black guitar), Paul (red guitar), Phil (drums) and Pop (bass/distortion). Together they cook up a firestorm of feedback drenched punk with the dynamics of a fucked up Joy Division, the intensity of The Fall and the discordance of Shellac. Already a misanthropic favourite of tear-stained rockers everywhere, the band’s no-surrender battalion of white noise and dark truth is moving forward and creating an ever-growing army.

The b-side to 'All Fall' - 'All That's Left To Break' is available only on the limited edition 7" vinyl of the single, or when you sign your life away at

“When I open my door, I don’t see Mumford & Sons and acoustic guitars and people in the street saying everything’s nice in lovely harmony vocals…round here it’s like Dawn of the Dead.”

Kingsley, frontman of The Chapman Family, lives in Redcar (Southerners note: it’s a town Newcastle way), a place which recently made the national press when the local council, apparently out of embarrassment, began painting fake shop fronts on the boardings covering the windows of out-of-business shops in the town centre.  According to Kingsley, “There’s now more virtual shops than real shops.” And there we have Britain as it is today – pretending everything’s ok, when it’s most definitely not.

Here to break the spell is Kingsley and his cohorts Paul Chapman, Pop Chapman and Phil Chapman; that’ll be The Chapman Family, then. Initially formed in 2006 out of frustration and boredom with the music he saw as a punter – “All these bands from Newcastle singing in a cockney accent and wearing a pork pie hat, trying to be the Libertines.” - they created a huge buzz around themselves as purveyors of brainy punk-metal around the turn of 2009, including an acclaimed stint on the NME Radar Tour. Then this band-as-cult seemingly went quiet, presumably to orchestrate the end of the world from a heavily armed compound.

The truth was the band went through “a catalogue of disasters and errors and opportunities missed.” With a commitment to the truth as deep as his baritone, Kingsley says, “We could have released an album 3 months after the Radar Tour and it would’ve been ok. But we want to make sure that what we present is good! We didn’t want to just record something and hope for the best.”

Instead the band suddenly “hit barriers”, maintained their day jobs, refused to move to London (“I think it wouldn’ve been easier if we’d have lived in Shoreditch, staying up till 5 every night talking about the Thompson Twins.”), fought “the depression of it all”, then in spring 2010, sat down together, scrapped a bunch of songs, wrote a whole lot more….and now The Chapman Family are BACK, and still very much in black.

“None of this means anything to me,” says Kingsley, looking out at the musical landscape the band are re-emerging into, “Everyone’s too nice at the moment. I want people to get angry and believe in something again. It’s just all so mediocre.”

‘Burn Your Town’ is therefore the very apt title of the album they’ve recently finished. Recorded with Future of the Left producer Richard Jackson (“We loved that huge bass and drums sound”), it’s one that expands The Chapman Family’s range hugely. Says Kingsley, “We could have done ten tracks of angry noisy smashy guitars, but that’s a bit one dimensional. We’ve tried to do an album in cinemascope, Avatar, 3D style. It’s like an alternative version of Pet Sounds.”

A deliberate throwback to the way albums used to work, ‘Burn Your Town’, is meant to be listened to as one piece. “We wanted to make a slightly nostalgic album like those bands we used loved when we first started did – Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes,” says Kingsley, “It’s not like providing a couple of songs for your iPod. We wanted to do old-school things to make it a more rounded piece.”
While fans of punk brutality won't be disappointed by likes of lead-off single 'All Fall,' right from the opener 'A Certain Degree' with it's darkly close harmonies, and ambient dread, this album will surprise a lot of people. It sees the band emerging from the shadow of Joy Division into the widescreen netherworld of The Cure - a place in which they can nimbly shift between black-witted love songs like 'Sound of the Radio' to the apocalyptic gloom of '1000 Lies' or 'A Million Dollars' with its "three minute noise section, food processors on amps, drills on guitars...all creating a total horror noise to fit in with a song about murdering children in World War 2 Britain."

There's a new brilliantly unhinged version of their sensational early single 'Kids', which somehow speeds up and intensifies the already speedy and intense original; it's central 'solo' now sounds like a trepanning gone wrong. Plus, in 'Anxiety' the album has an iron-clad hit : a spiralling, soaring pop song of heart bursting defiance which sneers "your best isn't good enough," but still somehow manages to be electrically uplifting.

In all, 'Burn Your Town' finds the fertile black soil in the middle ground between The Horrors' 'Primary Colours' and The Cure's 'Pornography', with stunning results.
With typical Chapman defiance, the band are unafraid to see their album as something more than just a bunch of songs, feeling it can work as a call to arms,
“We live in an odd period where people don’t care,” says Kingsley, “When you see people in France going on strike because they raised the age of retirement by two years…you don’t see that kind of anger here. We feel like outsiders looking in, and wondering why people aren’t moaning about what’s going on?”

In this The Chapman Family are not alone. As is becoming increasingly clear, there’s a whole generation of disenfranchised, disillusioned young people out there who feel the same way, who are also experiencing the “feeling that the stranglehold of apathy is going.”

The Chapman Family exist to provide a cathartic outlet for these people, and when ‘Burn Your Town’ is released this March, a huge following is sure to mass around them. At last the time is right both for this band, and for anyone who believes, as Kingsley does, that “People should work a bit harder, give more of a fuck, and have some manners!”