The Chapman Family Play The Box

NME heroes The Chapman Family make their debut at The Box in Crewe on Saturday December 11 following a heavy summer on the festival circuit.

The band, who hail from Teesside, have had a very impressive rise to prominence from playing Glastonbury Festival back in 2008 for the first time to supporting acts such as We Are Scientists, Editors and Jane’s Addiction and recording a session at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 1.

This year they headed out to SXSW playing alongside Everything Everything and The Drums as part of the NME Showcase, and have also been supporting Stereophonics in Japan.

The band are Kingsley (vocals/guitar), Paul (guitar), Phil (drums) and Pop (bass).

Together they cook up a storm of feedback drenched punk with the dynamics of The Sex Pistols, the intensity of The Fall and the discordance of Shellac.

Most of all they have a desire to do things differently.

The Chapman Family are proud of their hometown of Middlesbrough in the same way that only a child is allowed to criticise its own parents.

It’s a strained kind of affection, one that has seen Pop shot at with air rifles for looking the way he does.

When Kingsley sings of ‘next door neighbours sitting on the porch from 9am, drinking cans of Carling,’ his tongue is only halfway into his cheek.

As he explained: “It’s a forgotten part of the UK, the people are very insular.

“Ambition isn’t always seen as a good thing.

“Everyone is fiercely proud to be working class or even below, so anyone who wants more than that is treated with suspicion.”

The boys are obviously at the top of their game, with latest release All Fall earning superlative reviews, with Artrocker describing it as ‘the best rock song of the year’.

The album is due to be released in early 2011.

Support for this show comes from Alsager rock band Troops Of Mafeking, Crewe indie outfit Swim Into Scarlet and Northwich band The Autonomy.

Tickets are £5 in advance, available from


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