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THE CHAPMAN FAMILY – OLD BLUE LAST 

Being situated seconds away from the Gladstone in Borough, watching independent bands has easily fit into my schedule, which when you compare to the lifestyle led by my peers in the north, is somewhat opposite and it this distinction that I would like to focus on.
     In 2006, The Chapman Family formed in Stockton-on-Tees, a town often portrayed negatively by its southern complacent counterparts. One may associate derogative class terms, ‘chav’ with this region but fighting back is the art scene emerging in exciting new venues such as ‘The Storyteller’. TCF in particular prove that the art of music can be created in any part of the world.
     Not all but a very few artists at the Gladstone (excellent reputation in indie folk), invalidate their exerted efforts due to the conceited outlook. Whereas despite the negative press that Stockton-on-Tees receives TCF are confirmation that not all is bad. Specifically it is the band's attitude towards contemporary culture that is admiring.

"I’ve got friends who would rather talk to someone on the Xbox than go to the pub for a football match or take the dog for a walk. I find that mystifying. Some people seem content to live a life where you have a Stella on your doorstep at ten in the morning. It just seems odd to have no ambition, not to want to better yourself (Kingsley – In Conversation and Live Review: The Chapman Family at Sunderland Independent – 4th November 2011)

TCF’s talent and attitude flourish in comparison to the contradicting endeavor of some artists in London’s independent scene. They have not only refused to relocate to the capital and conform to the next exciting trend, their love for equality pretty much sums up their passion.

So on a Monday night in the upstairs area of the Old Blue Last, the atmosphere was rousing and the size of the room provided intimacy, most importantly the height of the stage is ideal for a reasonable view. TCF in their quirky outfits looked the part, played an amazing gig, however despite there being some interaction with the audience, they lacked the banter that would have suited this audience – particularly the northerners. The songs depict the lack of opportunities in current England and a favourite ‘English Life’ realistically tells it all. Overall a fantastic evening, with outstanding music.

The Chapman Family are playing in Surya in Islington on the 20th February 2013.

http://www.thechapmanfamilyisnotacult.com