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Hard-Ons And Kalashnikovs - Chapel Club's Radar Tour Diary

By NME Blog

Posted on 30 Sep 10


Chapel Club drummer Rich Mitchell has kindly written up some blogs (and taken some photos) just for, straight from the Emerge NME Radar Tour. Click here for a listing of the remaining tour dates and to purchase tickets.


Last night’s show:
Day one of the tour and we meet our touring compadres Flats and Joy Formidable. All very nice indeed. JF are super-loud, Flats super-quick (they go on ten minutes late as their set's only fifteen minutes long). We check into our hotel - which is the most motel-hotel we've ever stayed in, kinda like a Swedish ski lodge - just around the corner from the venue, watch a few episodes of The Wire/The Sopranos (depending on which member of Chapel Club we're talking about. For me and Liam it's The Wire, for Lewis it's The Sopranos) and head off to soundcheck.

Chapel Club

Our new sound guy, Will, seems to be nailing the audio without any problem, so we head backstage and write/argue over the setlist.

Stage time and the venue is looking good - for a grey Monday evening in Birmingham the turn-out is real sweet. We blast through our eight songs without coming up for breath (we've been given half an hour) and the crowd reaction is pretty fantastic. We leave the stage feeling good and much less sweaty than Flats did and head to The Victoria around the corner to celebrate.

Chapel Club

Weirdest person we met today:
Mike and I head across from the venue to get pizza and are accosted just as our food arrives by 'former SAS soldier, Steve' (he even has SAS tattooed on his arm to prove it). He needs forty quid to go and visit his estranged wife, and also a couple of slices of margherita for the journey seemingly. I'm not a huge fan of giving food away so almost end up on the receiving end of his Kalashnikov. Luckily he decides practicing the choke hold on a couple of indie kids probably isn't worth the hassle...

Chapel Club

Current listening on the tour bus:
Today we can't get the stereo in the bus working, so wind up listening to Radio 2 from the tour manager's radio. Bit of Dylan, The Standells and Zola Jesus hit the airwaves. Not bad.

Chapel Club


Last night’s show:
The Waterfront is a great venue. Big stage, suitably dingy, and a good PA. We're excited to be playing the second night of the tour here. An interview and photoshoot with the NME is scheduled in before we head off for food at 'Fusion'. Luckily tonight I remember my vow of vegetarianism (last night after several cloudy ciders I 'forget' and fall off the vegi-wagon with a large kebang). We arrive back at the venue ten minutes before show time and the dressing room, tonight shared with Wilder and Flats, is looking busy and distinctly dry of rider.

No business for us here, so we warm up in the corridor and prepare for our first ever gig in Norwich. Opening the show with future album track 'Fine Light Tonight', from the first few chords we know tonight's show is going to be good. The crowd reaction is great, and we're starting to see fans who know the words to songs that have only ever been played live.

It's a good sight. Lewis remembers that yesterday was his birthday and tentatively asks the audience to give him a round of applause. The crowd oblige, sparing Lew any blushes, and we end the show on forthcoming single 'All the Eastern Girls'. Another successful show - bring on Nottingham on Thursday!

Chapel Club

Current listening on the tour bus:
Today is a headphone day on the bus, so whilst Lewis and I continue with our Wire/Sopranos obsession, Mike tucks into some Neu!, whilst Liam fulfills his need for metal/hardcore, and Alex watches one of the subtitled arthouse movies - featuring erect penises and skateboards as standard - which he's becoming famous on the bus for.

Chapel Club


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