Following the release of their brand new single “Ice Cream”, I thought it’d be good to find out a bit more about the Northampton based band Fox Chapel. When the band followed me on Twitter I noticed that they were from my original hometown, so I didn’t hesitate to give them a listen. The four piece, made up of vocalist and guitarist Kailan, guitarist Calam, bassist Jonny and drummer Joel, cleverly combine upbeat, fast-paced melodies with darker, more downbeat lyrics. The result is songs with memorable bass lines, stand out guitar riffs and a sound which deservedly gives them their place in the post-punk, noisy alternative music scene.
Before their single was released on 21st October, I asked the guys a few questions about themselves and what inspires them.
Q: How would you describe the genre of your music?
A: Post-Punk, Dream Pop, Shoegaze.
Q: How did you guys meet?
A: We met on our college course a few years back studying music performance.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: The Cure, The Chameleons, Nick Cave, The Pixies, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Drop Nineteens, Joy Division.
Q: Who writes your songs and where does the inspiration come from?
A: We all take part in songwriting but our singer, Kailan, writes all the lyrics. I guess a lot of inspiration comes from the town we live in and our relationships with the people who are also stuck here, it has a dark feel to it, most bands from here are quite moody but in a good, danceable way.
Q: What’s the best gig/festival you’ve ever played?
A: I think when we played Truck Festival main stage last year, for the privilege of nice toilets and walking past Basement Jaxx’s gorilla suits on the way to use them.
The first thing you’ll notice when listening to Fox Chapel’s new single, “Ice Cream”, is the energetic guitar and drum patterns that will stick in your mind after hearing the track a few times over. The song is an excellent example of how the band mix up melodic instrumentals with off-beat vocals to produce an intriguing sound with a simplistic, snappy chorus. The b-side, “Dead Flowers”, offers a darker sound with mystical guitar riffs and a stand out bass line at the start of the song. Both tracks are unique and not similar to anything else I’ve listened to recently, which is something, I think, that sets them apart.
Fox Chapel recently played at The Roadmender in Northampton and The Shacklewell Arms in London to launch their single, and I recommend you catch one of their live performances if you get the chance!
You can have a listen to the single here: Spotify.
*Photos and words in italics courtesy of Fox Chapel.