ARTIST: THE GORGEOUS CHANS
SINGLE: MARINA & I / BY THE HIGHWAY
RELEASE DATE: JULY 6TH 2015
Young Nottingham-based 6-piece The Gorgeous Chans started life in 2012 riffing on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, and using that as their starting point began making superb indie music with a tropical twist. Incorporating a horn section into an indie staple of guitars, bass, and drums, the band have organically built a loyal following for their summery danceable guitar-pop.
Debut single ‘Marina & I’ is a song about youth, exuberance and summer love and takes its inspiration from the ‘Marina’ of children’s television show ‘Stingray’. It’s constructed around a stunning upbeat brass hook with crystal clear indie guitars in abundance and marks the difference these young lads have on “all the other indie bands out there”. A live version from the band’s set at Bestival in 2014 was featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show.
B-Side “By The Highway” showcases another side to the band, rising up from a lullaby with a sentimental feel of nostalgia surrounding gorgeous harmonies. The track has already received airplay from BBC 6 Music and sparked interest from several major labels. Both tracks were recorded by the band between free studio time at a local college and a ramshackle studio set up put together in Elliot’s back room, who is one of the two saxophone players in the group.
It’s time you met The Gorgeous Chans.
Listen To ‘By The Highway’:
24th – Dot to Dot Festival
6th – London The Garage, supporting The Hummingbirds
14th – Newark Airfield Festival Thing (BBC Intro)
20th – London- Rooz Studio
10th July- Surya, London.
Brandon Hill – Guitar/Lead Vocs
Ephraim Stanton – Guitar
Daniel Potts – Bass/Backing Vocs
Tom Girling – Drums/Backing Vocs
Liam Webber – Alto Sax
Elliot Labbate – Tenor Sax/Backing Vocs