Sunday 26 January 2020

Dublin band move to a new chapter

Atmospheric: Dublin group The Chapters
Atmospheric: Dublin group The Chapters
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: The Chapters Blood Feels Warm (Loosewindscreen Records)***

If you want to get a sense of what a special band Dublin outfit The Chapters can be, take a listen to the third track on this, their second album.

Red Rooster starts off comparatively simply with Ross McNally's assertive vocals accompanied by a spare, but purposeful backing.

But as the song unfurls, the instrumentation grows and swells confidently.

The coda is thrilling, thanks to the marvellous interplay of guitars and fiddles and effects.

Many bands try to achieve music as textured and atmospheric as this, but only few succeed.

And, in truth, The Chapters' attempts to deliver such inspired songs is hit and miss throughout the rest of the album.

Occasionally, when you sense they are about to take flight, the glue holding the enterprise together comes unstuck.

Still, there's plenty to appreciate among these Americana-tinged songs and the collective spirit that informs their live shows has been replicated in the studio.

KEY TRACKS Red Rooster; Two Good Reasons

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