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London, United Kingdom (2006 – 2013)

Chapel Club were a London, UK / quintet: Lewis Bowman (vocals), Michael Hibbert (guitar & keyboards), Alex Parry (guitar), Liam Arklie (bass guitar) & Rich Mitchell (drums). Formed in the church of St Luke Old Street’s shadow (summer 2006), where - twice or thrice weekly - after nearby rehearsals, the five gathered to drink & discuss the band’s name.

“Like everything else with us,” says Michael, “the name was unplanned and ill-defined in the beginning. We didn’t start out with one and we’d go ages without bringing it up. But on the occasions when we did talk about it down in the churchyard, there was a lot of disagreement.” Eventually, the answer came from the site of the discussions itself, and the embryonic band became Chapel Club.

The band’s founder, Michael grew up in the depths of Essex before moving to the capital. He spent some time playing in other people’s bands and often lent his abilities to friends’ projects, but his real focus was always on doing something much more personal. He began collecting ideas and inspiration – anything from vintage natural history illustrations and stop-motion film shorts to guitar lines, drum samples and snatches of melody – with a vague notion that, out of this ephemera, a band might one day be born.


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  • LightsOfBohemia

    By the way, I think the bio is disproportionately long for a band that was so short-lived. Come on, half of the info in there is completely irrelevant. Somebody please edit that shit.

    6 May 11:14pm Reply
  • LightsOfBohemia

    Okay, yes, the second album sucked, we can all agree to that. But breaking up the band for that seems a bit like overreacting.

    6 May 11:14pm Reply
  • Constantine_OL

    The new Chapel Club LP is shit ! First LP was better !

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Xmxtx

    this band is so cool. yet am too late to know them

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • Xmxtx

    charismatic singer

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • satisfcktion

    love ya

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • MarinaMoz

    Oh Maybe I

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • TheRazboynick_2

    the new album is excruciatingly boring, a lame cross b\w Fenech Soler & Delphic. I don't get it, Why did they go for that change in the first place?? They haven't established themselves nor created staple sound to be bothered with stagnation yet. Hope their next effort will wash them towards more postpunk, shoegaze oriented sound again.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • chuckandgeorge

    Paper Thin is flawless.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ralph4

    amazing new album!!!!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Mr_Luca

    new album is great... but what a change :D

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lilipuki

    слушаю новый альбом и рыдаю

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Shannonline

    so very different, I was hoping for more of the same but hey ...whatcha gonna do!! it's still good.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Mizuhara

    Gosh, I want the old Chapel Club back

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Habylab

    Now I have the gatefold, wow.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AhoiPhil

    The new Chapel Club LP is amazing!

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • Habylab

    Been speaking to the band, they're awesome, band are awesome - new album is too.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
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    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • George336

    'Good Together' is radically different from the first album but it's still very good. Looking forward to the new album.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mark_mark_mark

    Need new album.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
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