Friday, 3 July 2015

Feature: The Gorgeous Chans (03/07/15)


Young Nottingham based 6 piece, The Gorgeous Chans, started in 2012 riffing on Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album and used that as a starting point for making 'indie music with a tropical twist'. The band consists of Brandon Hill (guitar/vocals), Ephraim Stanton (guitar), Daniel Potts (bass/backing vocals), Tom Girling (drums/backing vocals), Liam Webber (alto sax) and Elliot Labbate (tenor sax/backing vocals). They've already received radio support, which includes a live version of 'Marina & I' from their Bestival (2014) set being featured on Huw Stephen's BBC Radio 1 show and airplay of their B-side 'By The Highway' on BBC 6 Music. They've got a London gig on 6th July at Surya (ticket link). It's time you met The Gorgeous Chans. 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Liam: Some of us started playing together in secondary school, so around 16. Then me and Brandon met a youth theatre thing we did and that's where The Gorgeous Chans was really born - we were all between 16 and 18! 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
Brandon: Tame Impala at Rock City were phenomenal!
Liam: I saw David Byrne and St.Vincent when they were touring together with a huge brass band in Birmingham - as a sax player and Talking Heads fan it was amazing!! 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
We all have very different music tastes! Elliot's been listening to Years and Years and Slaves on repeat, Tom's really into Milky Chance, while Daniel's more into his ambient stuff like Helios!
We're all excited for when Saint Raymond's album drops though - he's a fellow Notts lad and was immense at Dot to Dot a couple of weeks ago! 

3 Questions for The Gorgeous Chans:

1. How did  your name 'The Gorgeous Chans' come about?
It's a trade secret I'm afraid - we enjoy the rumours and ideas people come up with - too much to give it away!

2. Where in the world would you most like to perform and why?
Elliot: I'd love to play Koko in London - so many amazing upcoming artists have gone through there!
Liam: I mean I'm happy anywhere there are people who want to see us, but it'd be amazing to play somewhere like Coachella or Lollapalooza! Everything in America is just on a different scale to over here!

3. Both of your songs 'Marina & I' and 'By The Highway' are getting a lot of support yet differ slightly in sound, did you go through different processes whilst writing and recording them?
Yes hugely! 'By The Highway' came first and was originally written when some of us went on holiday to the south of France. Ephraim came up with the guitar hook and Liam and Daniel, the original vocal melody and harmonies, after that we took it home and into a rehearsal with all our kit and it just came alive. 
'Marina & I' on the other hand came from us attempting to cover a song by The Killers. As we tried putting our own spin on it we found ourselves moving further and further away from the original until we had a totally new song!

Random Q:

Ideal Friday night?
Tom: Like a summer night chilling around a fire with the guys, play a bit of music, maybe some FIFA, cook stuff on the fire. 
Liam: Not gonna lie - probably to play a decent gig! Somewhere where the crowd are up for it, we can have a laugh, play some music and then dance the night away!

'Marina & I' and 'By The Highway' Review:
Their single 'Marina & I' is an all round brilliant indie pop track. There is a beautiful guitar instrumental and everything comes together so well to create the brilliant 'Gorgeous Chans' sound. The horns, guitars, drums, bass, vocals; everything. 'By The Highway' is a little more chilled and steady and contrasts the single well, but still stays true to their own sound. I can imagine these guys being great live and they'd definitely get people moving and singing along. Their fresh approach to indie pop is perfect for this heatwave in England, or sunny days anywhere else in the world. With hints of Vampire Weekend and Bombay Bicycle Club, I can see them following in their footsteps to a bigger following and their music becoming worldwide. 



The Gorgeous Chans' Links:
'Marina & I' & 'By The Highway'(iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/marina-i-single/

Check It Out!

1. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine
I've been on a massive Flo hype recently and all three of her albums have been on repeat, so when I found out she'd be headlining Glastonbury I was looking forward to seeing it. She really stepped up to the mark, taking over from Foo Fighters, and it's fair to say it's up there as one of my favourite Glasto sets. It's full of energy and emotion, which is what Florence's music is all about. This is her latest single 'Ship To Wreck', live from Glastonbury 2015. 


2. Desire - Wolf Alice
Here's a different twist on Years & Years' popular track 'Desire' from alternative rock four-piece, Wolf Alice. It definitely makes the song bearable again after being overplayed... Wolf Alice have just released their debut album 'My Love Is Cool' - it's brilliant - and has peaked at #2 in the UK Albums Chart. Enjoy!


3. Mickey Minaj - Todrick Hall
Todrick Hall became well known after making it to the semi-finals in the ninth series of American Idol. He's a vocalist, actor, director, choreographer and entertainer and has been creating a series of brilliant videos, arranging songs to stories and themes; then sharing them with his 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube and the rest of the world. If you like Nicki Minaj, Disney or anything original and creative - you'll love this! 

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