The Chapman Family - Burn Your Town (2011)

Two and a half years ago, a bedraggled Teeside quartet bolted for the South and a festival bill that took in the likes of Paul Weller, Doves, Editors, and all sorts of similar mundanity. When exuberant frontman Kingsley wasn't either swilling red wine down his Heartbreak t-shirt or attempting to asphyxiate his oesophagus with a microphone cable, he had ample energy to bark out tempestuous, unkempt renditions of the likes of 'Sound Of The Radio' and 'Million Dollars Needless to say, he washed the floor with the general prudence of the line up, dousing the stage in Merlot, blood, sweat and perhaps, although inconclusive, other bodily substance. And within sweltering seconds The Chapman Family were just a hazy, swiftly fading recollection.

Finally they've readied an album. Typically antagonistically entitled, 'Burn Your Town' is in some respects the record the North East England troupe ominously threatened mass media with yonks ago and exudes crude indignation Sound Of The Radio' and 'Million Dollars' are still in tow, yes. Yet there's a polished precision that may previously have been considered unfathomable, presumably due to the involvement of Mclusky, Future of the Left and, um, The Automatic producer Richard Jackson as tribalistic drums bout with reverb-drenched guitars on '1000 Lies Kingsley's still inconceivably eloquent both lyrically and personally, but the scruff and scrap of early demos has been trimmed away to expose a highly comprehensive listen, "an alternative version of Pet Sounds" were your back garden a petting zoo inhabited by rabid wolves, barbed wire and general revolt Opener 'A Certain Degree' unites open string guitar menace with xylophonic frequencies and Kingsley almost crooning. Has the Rottweiler-like overlord of abhorrence laid to rest his qualms with Fearne Cotton and Robbie Williams and mellowed out having overindulged on X Factor has-beens? Has he fk.

Launching headfirst into 'All Fall', Pop's sneering bass lines immaculately offset Kingsley's resurgent rage as he groans apocalyptically and apoplectically, before 'Anxiety', perhaps the band's best pop at the mainstream intervenes. Not that Kingsley's beloved Fearne will be waxing lyrical over it any time soon.

She Didn't Know' emerges amidst a frenzy of howling feedback and egalitarian sentiment of general rights to entertainment, and provides a great deal of diversion itself, whilst 'Something I Can't Get Out' is the one track of ten that joins the dots between their vengeful vexations past and their rather more slick contemporary sound. As Kingsley informs that "just because you don't like it, doesn't mean you should hate it" it's evident that The Chapman Family have certainly become harder to hate these days. That's not to say you should necessarily like them that's obviously, inherently, entirely subjective Although following exposure to the ardent yaps of 'Kids' you'd fear for your safety were you to divulge a general distaste for his distinctly unique craft.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of post punk genre.

The Chapman Family
Burn Your Town
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1. A Certain Degree
2. All Fall
3. Anxiety
4. Sound Of The Radio
5. 1000 Lies
6. She Didn't Know
7. Something I Can't Get Out
8. Kids
9. A Million Dollars
10. Virgins

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Electric Toaster
United Kingdom
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