Chapel Club - Palace
Chapel Club sound like they have a degree in British indie music. The churning guitars and distorted acoustics come from shoegazers such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, while Lewis Bowman’s consistently morose vocals waver somewhere between Morrissey and Chris Martin. Let’s just say they’re a band few listeners will have difficulty in drawing reference points for. Palace arrives not so much bruised as battered and bloody-nosed, with an edge that sets the five piece apart from many of their contemporaries. In a manner reminiscent of The Smiths, 'O Maybe I' tackles romantic disappointment and frustration with sardonic wit; while 'Five Trees' mentions dust in heart and veins. Even the happier 'Surfacing' contains its fair share of sinister lines alongside the nods to 'Dream A Little Dream'. If Palace has a monochrome quality which makes it hard to love, the intriguing lyrics and sustained noise still make for a solid debut.