we work in bars video

August 11th, 2010 by Jo

Hello, as some of you may have noticed, we recently released an album called “Well Done Europe” . On it, there is a little song called “We Work In Bars”. It’s about people who work in bars. Bingo! Our friend Harry Rambaut recently shot a video for it, featuring us – in a pub!
Being pretty rad n unconventional types, we’re unleashing the video to that song NOW, although it came out months ago and has since been followed by ANOTHER single with another video. But then, this here video is all stop frame live action, i.e. Harry made us spend many mornings in that particular pub, only to throw buckets of water and pints of ale at us, make us change seats and facial expressions every five seconds for hours on end or get us to fall off a bar stool in twenty stages. In short: it took a long time to make. Here it is. Enjoy!

P.S. : another video for another song is underway. Apparently, a whole team of professionals is working on it around the clock since it’s rather complicated to make. More soon.

Tough

August 6th, 2010 by kyf

When I need cheering up, I find it helpful to watch this little video.

They used to play with Prince, so you know they have good taste.

If you’re in Berlin tonight, you should get down to Festsaal Kreuzberg for the Puschen 10th birthday party!

Foals for Life

July 28th, 2010 by Jo

Obviously, all of you have recently done very little other than listen to our new single “Even Your Friend” over and over again. Some of you may even have briefly bothered with the B – SIDE, a song sung in Spanish called “Friendo For Life”. (listen to them both here) Those of you who did are now obviously bearing one burning question in their hearts: why a song in Spanish? Well, here’s why…

We were asked to write it by a very talented young German film director named Benjamin Heisenberg. He needed something which sounded similar to a traditional Cuban love song, as covered by Robert Wyatt, to be included in his new film, “Der Räuber”. Benjamin had tried to get the rights to that song but had been turned down. So, since none of us speak a word of Spanish, we got to work using various online translation engines.

We had to do a lot of cross-referencing with  texts on Spanish websites to get the syntax right but were later told that a Spanish speaking person had confirmed the lyrics to be grammatically and syntactically correct. Well done us!

The words make very little sense. In fact they are probably the worst love song lyrics of all time. Luckily, it’s quite difficult to actually make them out under all that delay and reverb. We’re too vain to reproduce them here in their entirety but to give you an idea, at one point in the song, we sing something like “the guitar in my head is permanently singing ‘au revoir'”. Impressive, eh?

Anyway, this whole thing then allowed us to attend our first ever film festival premiere, as “Der Räuber” was chosen for the competition at this year’s Berlin film festival. We got to walk across the red carpet, with Keith in particular cutting a rather fine figure in his suit and, of course, sporting his formidable beard. This led all the camera guys to believe he was some kind of celebrity they had better focus on, so there he was, zoomed in on on the huge live video screen at the entrance of the film palace for his entire walk across the carpet.

Later, inside the film palace, Johannes nearly killed a woman by accidentally dropping his mobile phone from the ten-meters-high balcony and only very narrowly missing her head. Understandably, she vocalised her feelings about this in no uncertain terms across the rather large crowd of people.

So there, now you know all about our latest b-side. The digital single was released yesterday, and you can find the 7″ single in your local record shop on Monday.

In other, equally fascinating news, we have just realized that the video to Foals’ single “Miami” pays, shall we say, close homage to the video of our very own song “Fun and interesting”.

Not sure what to make of that.

Anyway, have a nice day!

So many things…

July 20th, 2010 by kyf

There’s a video. All the blogs say it’s unofficial, which is news to me.

The Chap / Even Your Friend from Lo+LOAF TV on Vimeo.

It’s particularly pleasing that it’s Video Of The Week on BBC Radio 6. Yes, video of the week on a radio station. Brilliant.

The vinyl version of the album is finished! And it looks great! And sounds great too!

You can buy it here for only £10 which seems kinda reasonable.

And we have a German tour coming up, followed by a mini-Swiss tour. Germany is being very nice to us. In Berlin we are playlisted on the top two radio stations. That’s daytime plays on mainstream radio. Gee, if I didn’t live here, I would definitely move here.

gordon

April 29th, 2010 by Jo

You know how whenever a very public figure messes up with the whole world watching/listening, someone immediately remixes the really poignant bits into a really annoying techno tune and puts it on youtube and then expects millions of hits and LOL comments? Well, we’re in the process of doing just that. Poor old Gordon’s voice recording in yesterday’s Rochdale Incident was just too smooth sounding for us not get our teeth into it. So here it is! In a really annoying techno version! Just to clarify: in no way does this represent our support of David Cameron or indeed any political party. We just did it to attract attention to The Chap.

http://thechap.bandcamp.com/track/never-a-frown-with-gordon-brown

Well Done Europe Lyrics (compressed)

April 13th, 2010 by kyf

To accompany the 3:30 version of the album, here are the lyrics, similarly compressed.
Enjoy!

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Well Done Europe (Compressed)

March 31st, 2010 by kyf

A special treat. This is all of the new album, but compressed into three and a half minutes. Just to give you a little taster of what’s in store on 24 May.

<a href="http://thechap.bandcamp.com/track/well-done-europe-compressed">Well Done Europe (Compressed) by The Chap</a>

List with a difference no. 1

March 31st, 2010 by Jo

Like many fellow music groups, we frequently find ourselves in transit, in between cities, up in the air, down on the ground, across the sea. When in transit, one needs distraction. We, a tired crew of anti–Prousts, not searching for lost time, but wishing to lose track of it – know the horrors of being undistracted in a touring van.

We manage to avoid them: by creating fun and interesting  “lists with a difference”. Please find one below. See what we did there? (sorry)

Dark Side Of The Rectum (by Pink Rectum)
Rectum For Nothing (by Dire Rectum)
Crooked Rectum, Crooked Rectum ( by Rectum)
Rectum Nation ( by Sonic Rectum)
Buffalo Rectum ( by Bob Rectum)
Sympathy For The Rectum ( by the Rolling Rectum)
See Rectum, Feel Rectum, Touch Rectum, Heal Rectum ( by The Rectum)
Smoke On The Rectum ( by Deep Rectum)
Safe From Rectum ( by Massive Rectum)
Fight The Rectum (by Public Rectum)
Once In A Rectum (by Talking Rectum)
Sexual Rectum ( by Rectum Gaye)
Ok Rectum (by Rectumhead)
Rectum in the UK ( by The Sex Rectum)
Rectum In America (by Superrectum)
The Number Of The Rectum (by Iron Rectum)
Iron Rectum ( by Black Rectum)
Black Magic Rectum ( by Rectum Mac)
Rectum Time Rectum Place ( by Rectum From Blechdom)
Actionist Rectum ( by Rectum On Mars)
I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Rectum ( by Rectum Minogue)
All Along The Rectum ( by Rectum Dylan)
Rectum Deep Mountain High ( by Ike And Tina Rectum)
I’ve Got You Rectum ( by Rectum And Cher)
You Sexy Rectum ( by Rectum Chocolate)
One Life Rectum ( by Hot Rectum)
Rectum Ocra ( by Dirty Rectum)
Rectum Snacks ( by Fun Lovin’ Rectum)
Ricky Don’t Lose That Rectum ( by Steely Rectum)
Rectum Of The Holy ( by Led Rectum)
Virginia Rectum ( by Rectum Music)
Another Green Rectum ( by Brian Rectum)
Relight My Rectum ( by Take Rectum)
Let Rectum Entertain You ( by Robbie Rectum)
It Is A Man’s Rectum ( by Rectum Brown)

The Mac Book

March 30th, 2010 by kyf

The Chap’s music has always been created with a nice piece of software called Logic. Many years ago, Logic stopped being developed and released for PCs. This was a bit of a nightmare for us. For about a year we struggled with the final PC version which we had a horrible problem with. We could only select Audio Plugins whose name started with a letter between D and S.

And another great problem was with Now Woel from Ham. There was a guitar part which played even if we deleted everything in the song. That was OK, we just structured the song around it.

Anyway, we eventually jumped into MacBook world, and now we all have a MacBook each. The MacBook even gets a lyric of it’s own on the new album. But after a year, mine was gasping for breath as soon as you switched it on. Perhaps something to do with blowing smoke over it whenever I’m awake, I dunno.

Being the official Chap nerd, I decided to investigate, and followed some friendly instructions on how to dismantle it. My heatsink was clogged up with dirt, but the amazing thing for me was how much thermal paste was on the chips. There should be a microscopic film of thermal paste to transfer the heat away from the chip to the heatsink, but Apple had decided to splodge it on like it’s ketchup.

Now my computer is cool and happy, and I have vowed that next time I buy a MacBook, I’ll immediately open it up and replace the thermal paste.

Oh, and here’s a great article about using Vegemite or toothpaste as thermal paste.