June 12, 2012
The Chapman Family - 'Cruel Britannia' EP
Angsty, cliché-free brilliance
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7 / 10
The Chapman Family may have gone through several stages of divorce since 2011’s debut LP ‘Burn Your Town’ (only two original members remain), but their doomy post-punk has lost none of its embittered vitriol. ‘No More Tears’ begins in slightly obvious fashion, all angsty vocals and desperately chopped guitars, but in the more shoegaze-inflected ‘Cruel Britannia’ and the not-as-cheery-as-it-sounds ‘Summer Song’ the quintet manage to find a way of keeping the snarl without the cliché. Then there’s a slowed-down, oddly soothing cover of Morrissey’s ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, which is actually brilliant. A definite progression.
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