Indie-pop duo Chapel, comprised of vocalist Carter Hardin (ex-Nightmares) and drummer Courtney Grinwis (ex-Favorite Weapon), unleashed their colourful infectious sound into the world with their debut single ‘Caught Up’ last October. Despite their poppier sound, the two-piece are beginning to make waves in the alternative rock scene.
Hardin takes hold of lead vocal duties with an fantastic variety, exercising a smooth tone in ‘Caught Up’ where in multiple moments his voice bares resemblance to singer/songwriter Sam Smith. In contrast, a more visceral, aggressive side to his voice shines in ‘Fool’s Gold’, and this, combined with some unforgiving lyrics and a transcending chorus melody, makes it a brilliant swansong.
‘See You Around’ is a heartfelt ballad that’s brimming with bouncy instrumentals. A jumpy piano line supports Hardin‘s vocals through the verses before Grinwis supplies a strong drumbeat and a groovy keyboard melody is introduced as the song hits its halfway mark. It’s a track that will get your emotions going and get you dancing all at once.
The versatility presented across their 20-minute debut is quite exceptional. If there’s a chance that Chapel have been overlooked up until now then ‘Sunday Brunch’ is sure to turn that around. Seven infectious songs that brush across a variety of different genres and transition seamlessly, it’s a fantastic effort and they’re bound to take 2018 by storm.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)