We’re planning to release a split single with La Batterie in the next few months. It will feature our never-released-summer-hit Tragic Incident.
And meanwhile, progress continues to be made on the next 2 (TWO!!!) Chap records, currently known as The Political Rock Album and The Techno Improv Album Featuring Jennifer Walshe And Other Guest Vocalists.
So there. Now you know what is going on. Any more questions?
Oh, look at the Gigs page! We are playing 5 small festivals across Europe really soon! Well done us!
Berlin folks also have a chance to see Panos playing a special concert with Jennifer Walshe next Monday in Neukölln.
We’ve spent most of the summer working on a remix for Gotye. So far there are about 5 different versions, and they just keep coming. But we’re also philosophising about Album Six which is likely to involve us all growing our hair as long as we can (easier for some than for others…).
There’s a French tour planned for September, and we really ought to play a London show around that, so try to keep calm until then…
Suggested Summer listening in the meantime: La Batterie.
Hello everybody, this is the Chap tour diary calling.
Just a short entry to tell you that this past week, Keith and Johannes travelled from Berlin to London (Wednesday evening), had a pint of Guinness, then met Panos and loaded the van that Panos had hired in the afternoon, slept for four hours, got up early on Thursday, drove to Paris, played a show supporting Gotye in front of a capacity crowd at the sizeable Bataclan venue, had another four hours’ sleep, got up very early on Friday morning, drove to Manchester, played another support show for Gotye in front of a capacity crowd at the sizeable Ritz venue, hurried off the stage, packed up, loaded the van and drove straight back down to London, unloaded all the gear, returned the van, by which point it was time for Keith and Johannes to get into a taxi to the airport (with a really wild taxi driver whose driving style was, as he informed us, a compensation mechanism for his failed career as a rally driver and who insisted he should become our tour driver and general manager – “pop music is very popular”, he said, “you can advertise your shows on the internet and with flyers and many people will come to see you”) and catch the so-called “fascist flight” (06:25 Ryanair) back to Berlin.
All three of us spent our Saturday in London and Berlin feeling really weird. But it was worth it – we had a lot of fun playing those shows, thank you Gotye and thank you, Gotye’s audience, you’ve all been very very kind to us.
Next up: the official SECOND LEG of our winter/spring tour, starting in Winchester on March the 15th. Bye!
If you have Spotify, you can now listen to We Are Nobody here.
If you don’t have Spotify, and you’re not in Germany (thanks a lot GEMA), you can check it out on Grooveshark here.
Disappointingly, no-one has bothered to leak the album yet. It’s not on What.CD, it’s not on newalbumreleases.net, and hasitleaked.com says no. It’s just not like the old days anymore. Ham and Mega Breakfast were leaked 2 months before release. I blame the lawyers. And the kids.
Anyway, once you decide you want your own physical copy to have and to hold, you can click one of these pretty links. You get a free digital copy. Just sayin….
Hello everybody, it’s the tour diary speaking again; this entry is called “Gimme LEGS”. Strictly speaking, we are not on tour right now but we almost feel that we are, being limboed in a short period between different LEGS of our tour. We had a wonderful time in Turin and on the following day drove all the way back to London. On that long drive we heard that new Madonna single for the first time – it’s nice how M.I.A. and that other girl get to rap for about eight seconds each -, got stopped by French customs police who first did a scan of our van using some crazy scanning truck and then got a sniffer dog to sniff around our van for about half an hour while we stood next to the vehicle, freezing but safe in the knowledge they would not find anything… We finally arrived in London, ate some great soup late at night at Yayla on Green Lanes and the next day some of us flew home to Berlin.
It’s been a fantastic first LEG of the tour, we met loads of fantastic people and ate loads of fantastic food. Can’t wait for the second LEG. Although it starts in the UK and ends in Germany, so less fantastic food there – still, there ‘ll be almost a whole week of France in between. In between now and that second LEG, we will play two special shows: We’ve been asked by Gotye to support him at Paris’ Bataclan (1st of March) and Manchester’s Ritz (2nd of March). They’re both sold out but we felt it’s worth mentioning because those are proper shows at proper grown-up 1500 capacity venues supporting a proper grown-up pop star – not something we get to do very often.
Can’t think of anything else to write, so we’ll just leave you with a video Berit made while we were driving through Switzerland. It is a beautiful document of one of the more tranquil moments we enjoyed on this LEG.
Hello everybody, after a long break due to lack of internet in Italian hotels and venues, here is another bit of tour diary. We are currently sitting at the venue in Turin where they’ve put up a sign saying “The Chap (USA)” and which used to be a cinema, Italy’s oldest cinema, in fact: The Lumiere brothers came here to present Italy’s first moving picture show. I’m hoping that tonight’s audience will be as baffled by our performance as those watching that first movie no doubt were.
Tonight is the last show of the first half of our winter tour. It’s been very pleasant, cold, hot, confusing and nutritious. The best of many amazing food experiences was a late lunch presented to us during soundcheck in Pisa, featuring an amazing Sicilian salad containing oranges marinaded in Tabasco. Also in Pisa, the backstage room was the communist party’s local headquarters PLUS Panos’ favourite pose for photos finally found its ideal setting:
The audiences have been pleasantly large and mostly well-behaved. The sound has been, well, you know what sound can be like, so this occasionally led us to develop a sort of punk rock guerilla-style attitude towards performing, namely in Cagliari and Rome. During the latter show, this was particularly interesting as the crowd largely consisted of people who looked like they just walked off the set of “Friends”.
Tomorrow, we have a huge monster drive back to London, from where we will post another entry containing a nice video. Bye!
Hello everybody, this the Chap tour diary speaking.
By now, we’re a quintet since Claire joined us, we’re in Italy, where it’s less cold and where we’ve had some great food and wine and a very nice show in a very weird business park area in Vigonovo to which the kids flocked in multitude. Despite the fact we had a fair amount of sound problems, the crowd were very well-behaved and supportive – except one guy who later wrote us a very long email accusing us of being too profit-hungry for not being able to afford to bring our own sound engineer and, so the angry man argued, thereby compromising the show by springing our highly complex stage setup on the local sound person. That was a cool email. Us greedy fuckers! It’s true that with a bit of luck we might not lose any money on this tour and we apologise for this. Anyway, readers, just in case you didn’t know: the vast majority of our shows have only very minor sound problems and we have never ever had our own sound engineer. Plus we all have excellent multilingual communication skills and always do our very best to ensure the local sound staff know exactly what to do. Just one last thing on the subject: Last night’s venue is very new and the sound system is far from optimised. The sound engineer himself told us so and apologised profusely for the sound problems and there were no hard feelings. There, I bet you’re relieved now.
Tonight, however, we are in our favourite venue in the entire world ever, a place called CLAN DESTINO in Faenza. The only place known to us which is an haute cuisine restaurant, stylish wine bar and D.I.Y. underground venue all at once. Last time, I literally had tears in my eyes because the food and wine were so incredibly good. Gotta go now, dinner is served.
(Here’s a picture of Keith filling in the PRS form in Vevey)
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