Video Review: The Chapman Family– ADULT

408651_10151404332037139_736722451_nDescribed by NME magazine as “Angsty, cliché-free brilliance’, The Chapman Family have already experienced various line-up changes and industry-related restraints, but have ploughed on to return with a tour that begins a week today. A 5-piece family band formed in 2006, and joined by their sheer passion for music, the band are currently focusing on developing their work to a more mature level.

Opening with a strong Indie vibe, The Chapman Family’s official video for their new single ‘ADULT’ is almost eerie with thick, red smoke until vocalist Kingsley appears. Clearly the group know the market they’re targeting due their fearless, smart dress sense, mirroring bands like The Hives. However, Kingsley’s acting skills do leave a lot to be desired, but certainly do not take away from the strong musical abilities shown.

The soaring, yet subtle guitaring opens the way for The Cure style, semi-spoken vocals and primal drumming. In general, the vocal charm does exactly what it says on the tin and provides listeners with a track nothing short of angsty, broody and frustrated, particularly as it builds to a blinding climax. The Chapman Family appear proud of what they do, and do it well. Their music is slow-burning, sluggish but energetic. In the same way, the post-punk music video itself develops from a figure in front of a red backdrop to a creepy, early Panic At The Disco! Style use of make-up.

Despite their mature flair, the lyrics of ADULT come across as adolescent in their generalisation of emotion, “You can use me anyway you want to, but I will make mistakes all the time. I want to be alone, I need to be alone.” However, they are relatable, and the instrumental aspects of the track are on par with some of the biggest bands in Indie and Alternative music. ‘ADULT’ can be downloaded for free right now!

The Chapman Family’s Tour Dates:

07/02 THE HOP, WAKEFIELD

08/02 THE STUDIO, HARTLEPOOL

10/02 KRAAK GALLERY, MANCHESTER

11/02 FRUIT, HULL

12/02 HOUSE LIVERPOOL, LIVERPOOL

13/02 CLWB IFOR BACH, CARDIFF

15/02 ELLIOTS, ABERDARE

16/02 JOINERS, SOUTHAMPTON

17/02 THE WESTCOAST, MARGATE

18/02 GREEN DOOR STORE, BRIGHTON

19/02 ARTS CENTRE, COLCHESTER

20/02 SURYA, LONDON

22/02 THE RAINBOW, BIRMINGHAM

23/02 THE COCKPIT 3, LEEDS

24/02 THE CLUNY 2, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE

08/03 GEORGIAN THEATRE, STOCKTON

Watch the video for ‘ADULT’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLK5Eo_m0aI

Get a free download of the track: https://www.facebook.com/TheChapmanFamily/app_190322544333196

Purchase tour tickets: https://www.facebook.com/TheChapmanFamily/app_123966167614127

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