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we've had threads on The Chap before but based on specific albums, thought we could just a general band thread.

the new one - "we are nobody" - is on spotify and sounds very good to me. a little lighter/more whimsical in tone than "well done europe" but not a vast departure, which is ok with me

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 1 March 2012 16:07 (seven years ago) link

I knew it was coming, but didn't realize it was already here. Will listen to it today.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 March 2012 16:08 (seven years ago) link

i like this album a lot

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:33 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, it ended up being pretty good.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:54 (seven years ago) link

Gorgeous album, up there with the last three (god they're consistent!) and maybe even better. Opening track is WONDERFUL, totally Beta-Band-ish but with the Chap sass. Title-track is a superb wig-out - throughout this album, great melodies are given imaginative arrangements, which is a surefire way to grab my attention. The only weird note is the penultimate track, which combines one of their loveliest tunes with sans doute their most abhorrent lyric - while the transition from whimsy to tragedy is mirrored excellently by the music, the whole thing is just a bit upsetting.

Listening to it again now - holy shit yeah this might not be their most interesting (Ham) but goddamn it's their most assured record, absolutely. Every track is a gem, and also shorter than it seems (in a good way). I don't even care that they're almost exclusively in the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus mode now. File alongside the new Field Music at the pinnacle of British pop circa 2012.

I love this band!

once a week is ample, Friday, 9 March 2012 00:25 (seven years ago) link

video for "what did we do" is pretty weak relative to their past videos but it is probably my favorite song on the new album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td4VzA7_u9E

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

New one is sounding very good. We're so far outside their 'moment' that this feels like a genuinely under-the-radar discovery - and it seems like they no longer give even the slightest fuck what anyone thinks. Noticed that about a few briefly-hyped indie artists recently.

twunty fifteen (imago), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:47 (four years ago) link

Christ, this is great. Might be their best one.

twunty fifteen (imago), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:55 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

they have a new one out called "digital technology" that i'm listening to now. sounds very chap-y (that's chappie). so far "i recommend you do the same" is a highlight. are me and imago the only people who like this band

na (NA), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:30 (two weeks ago) link

hopefully not!

opden gnash (imago), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:31 (two weeks ago) link

i'm not usually into music that's this <i>british</i> but they still do it for me

na (NA), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

fuck

na (NA), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

new one's decent and i particularly like the opening track - previous album 'the show must go on' was absolutely classic tho

opden gnash (imago), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:32 (two weeks ago) link


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