Burrowed away in the small town of Stockton-On-Tees lives a screaming, kicking beast. Born out of frustration and boredom of “watching bands who sounded f-k all like anything", The Chapman Family merge a gloomy intensity with frenzied chaos to create a dark and noisy, incredibly noisy, treat. Formed back in 2006 the Stockton quintet have been blazing a trail for the destruction of popular music as we know it, providing, as they do, a distortion fuelled antidote in to a music industry powered by apathy and missing any sort of integrity.
Since their birth six years ago, the band have been steadily making a name for themselves with their ferocious sound and intense live shows, notching up performances at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Pukklepop and Reading, as well as their own UK and European tours.
2009 saw them open the NME Radar National Tour and release two critically acclaimed singles, while in March 2010 The Chapman Family played alongside Everything Everything and Split Festival 2011 headliners The Drums as part of the NME Showcase at the annual South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
After five years and four singles the band finally released their long awaited debut album in March 2011. Titled Burn Your Town, the album featured ten tracks of thunderous and well-produced gloomy goth-rock. Despite the long wait for the release, the album was met with critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Artrocker and the BBC.
A dramatic line up change in the summer of 2011 tested the band’s resolve, but they came out fighting. Now stronger, louder and brasher than ever, the band are set to release a brand new EP, Cruel Britannia, featuring five tracks of distorted discontent, powered by thunderous bass, later this month.
With a gloriously visceral, raucous cacophony of noise and a singer prone to mock-strangle himself with his mic cord on stage, The Chapman Family’s reputation for their intense live show is one that’s well deserved, if not slightly terrifying.