Chapel Club had to get over being in awe of producer Paul Epworth while they were recording their debut album with him.
The band, who are currently on the Emerge NME Radar Tour with Joy Formidable, Flats and Wilder, release the album next February.
“Paul Epworth is a genius,” frontman Lewis Bowman told NME in a video interview you can watch on the right now. “I was cautious going in with him because he’s done a lot of records I’ve loved, like Bloc Party‘s debut, The Rakes, Florence And The Machine recently. He’s at the top of his game and I was like, ‘Ooh, Paul Epworth, I’m not sure what’s going to come of this.'”
However, the singer admitted they were soon impressed and sessions with Epworth thrilled the band.
“He’s an utterly lovely guy, he’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met,” said Bowman. “He can play anything, he gets everything and he’s so articulate about the music he loves, which is the thing that struck me the most. He can talk about a song, what he sees and hears in it, and he expresses that to you in such a concise way that it’s easy to understand and that makes it easy to record because you can all get behind an idea… he’s like a captain in World War One, you would go over the top of the trenches with him.”
Watch the full interview now for more on the band’s debut album and their current tourmates.
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