The Chap

November 26, 2006

The Chap

On Friday I was djing at 93 Feet East for Hot Sauce, a new night run by Furthur, and it was remarkable for two reasons. Firstly, the bass at 93 Feet East is extremely bowel worrying (having the bassbins next to the decks doesn’t help either heheh) but more importantly I witnessed probably the best performance by a band this year in the shape of The Chap.

Hot Sauce had earlier that night been witness to some entertaining sets by Blah Blah Blase and the Ping Pong Bitches. I’d not heard any of Blah Blah Blase’s music before but I was impressed by their jerky electro pop stylings, the fact they have two hubba girlies playing the instruments and frontman Nathan Doom’s pink pants.

I had caught the Ping Pong Bitches a few years back performing at Nag Nag Nag, and they have morphed into a more electro rock outfit with some natty metal riffs to accompany their shouty girl stylings.

The Chap were something else completely, I’d never heard their music before and had the preconception they were steeped in electronica (mainly cos they are on Lo Recordings) so it was pleasantly suprising to see them blow the roof of the main hall with a sweat filled set of angular sleazy rock reminiscent of the sadly defunct Clor.

I managed to snag a copy of their album, Ham, after their performance and its excellent, clearly not as noisy as The Chap live, but containing some excellent production, taking in a number of different styles.

The Chap have a EP coming out on Lo Recordings early next year, replete with remixes from Hot Chip and sonic terrorist Zilla, and they have also just completed a remix for Beck which will be on the deluxe edition of The Information – Go Seek!

You can purchase Ham, the fine second album by The Chap here and to get a taste of The Chap live go here

Download

The Chap – Baby I’m Hurting

The Chap – Clissold Park

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