London-based five-piece, Chapel Club, released their debut album, Palace, last week and come to The Talking Heads in Southampton on Tuesday.
We spoke to singer Lewis Bowman to find out more.
• When was your album finished?
We did it last May or June, so a long time ago now. The idea was to go out and tour the album and build-up a fanbase before releasing it, which I think is quite an old-fashioned way of doing it.
We also wanted to record the album before we started touring so it didn’t sound like a polished band making a debut
We wanted it to sound like a proper debut before we went and became too slick after a year of touring.
• The way you’ve gone about everything seems old fashioned – releasing three singles before the album and so on. Why is that?
We’ve had a fair bit of hype and have been tipped for success, so we feel we have that to live up to. We’d hardly played any gigs before, so we toured a lot before the album came out to earn our stripes.
• Why is the album called Palace?
Well, we used to be called that before we played any gigs, and it turns out there are some other bands called that, so we changed it to Chapel Club.
• You had the pick of the major labels when you were signing a record deal. How did that feel?
I’m not sure we should have had the pick of the labels, really, as a new band, but you know how it is – one shows interest and then the others perk up because they’re wondering why one label is interested.
There are a lot of egos around, I think, and some of the people we met were totally oblivious to who we were and what we sounded like, but had just heard someone else from another label coming to see us.
• You only formed three years ago. It’s all happened fast since then hasn’t it?
Yes, it has. And it seems even faster because we didn’t play live for ages. We didn’t want to play to empty rooms, we wanted to get good first and write a load of songs.
We only played our first gig in 2010 after squirreling ourselves away.
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