They make pop-improv-disco-rock. They’re actually pretty OK musicians. Some of them have had real training. Starting out with very limited equipment (one single mic, for example), they came up with first album “The Horse”, a surreal lo-fi classic with deliberately pompous compositional ambitions.
“Ham”, the follow–up, was recorded with four microphones instead of one and (partially) journeys into more melancholy territory, earning considerable acclaim and legendary cult status. Their third album “Mega Breakfast” saw the band venture deeper into the studio, using all kinds of proper mics, rewarding the listener with a slicker pop-production - a direction followed through to the next and currect album “Well Done Europe” to great result. But of course it’s the songs that are most notable about The Chap. Ever surprising, imaginative and off-kilter, The Chap’s direct influences are impossible to trace and yet the songs are as catchy as hell. The band started when Johannes, previously of post rock icons Karamasov (which featured Berit on Drums and Vibraphone), persuaded Panos and Claire to play live gigs with him for his solo project. This soon developed into a full band, writing all the music together. t wasn’t long before they attracted the sharply tuned and eclectic ears of Lo Recordings (Cursor Miner, Red Snapper, et al) and this gave birth to a series of releases and earned The Chap a reputation that saw them remixing the likes of Bloc Party and Beck among others. After some sporadic and rather chaotic live appearances featuring Panos attempting to play bass guitar and drums at the same time whilst Johannes struggled to cue up the correct backing tracks on a dysfunctional four track machine, Keith, the drummer joined.
Keith had played in a band with Claire and brought an element of calm and structure to Chap rehearsals. In return, the other three teased him into revealing his innermost rock animal instincts and thus transforming his initially polite rhythm work into something truly bewildering, flamboyant and deafening. They followed suit, planting the multilayered detachment of their recordings into the realms of hard rock n’ aroll immediacy: The utterly unique Chap live experience was born. Ever since, their releases have been accompanied by numerous gigs and tours through the UK, Europe and USA, commanding bafflement and ecstasy in equal measure.
Kids at gigs have frequently said the Chap “are amazing”, “are really out there” and “look like teachers”. The Chap are and always have been about the psychological unease of despising and loving things at the same time. Those things, in particular, may be pop culture, the media world and their interactions; yet the Chap wish to convey a more general, deliciously terrifying sense of destabilisation, surprise and wonder. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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