INTERVIEW: Chapter and Verse

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Thanks for having us! Pretty damn good thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Shelf Life”?

Yeah, it’s a song about being continually let down by someone you put faith in and reaching the point where decide your life is better off without them. It’s a pretty bitter note for us to launch the band with, but on a personal level is incredibly cathartic to be able to freely rage about that kind of thing.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes. Yes it did… Haha.

How was the filming experience?

Tré cool. We hired this huge arty warehouse near where we live in East London knowing that Lewis Cater (the director) has a way of turning any space into something visually exciting. We figured that if the space was cool enough to begin with, combined with Lewis’ spin it’s bound to come out nicely. It’s not a complex video; for the first track we just wanted people to get a glimpse of us and what we do.

The single comes off your new EP The Wolves Back Home – what’s the story behind the title?

In the opening track The New Breed, it talks of a man who has fled a corrupted colony because of his lack of faith in the powers that be and the religious sects that control the people. ‘The Wolves Back Home’ comes from the lyrics where he takes a look back at where he came from.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great. We specifically chose to work with Neil Kennedy and Daly George down at The Ranch Southampton, purely because we love so many of the records that have come out of there. We know them pretty well and they definitely share a unified vision with us. They’re intensely talented, very committed guys. We’ll be going back for sure.

What role does Saosin and Circa Survive plays in your music? I can hear some of it in the vocals.

Well we’re all huge fans, especially of Circa. I personally believe that Blue Sky Noise is one of the best albums ever made. However when it came to writing, we never consciously chose to sound like them at all. We just write tunes that we like the sound of and I just write lyrics that I feel strongly about. I guess it was inevitable that a bit of their sound comes through what we do, but yeah.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I write lyrics pretty much every day. Whenever I feel really strongly about something (which considering I write every day, suggests I’m way too opinionated haha) I write in more or less a stream of consciousness. I write down the situation, how I feel about it, things it compares to, other stories or people it reminds me of etc. Then another day I’ll look back at it, rearrange the good bits and delete the shit or clichéd parts.

We write music all the time. Just riffs or chord patterns, or beats, whatever. Then when the mood strikes and a sound fits the style of something I’ve written, everything pieces together from there!

How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?

Weetabix, green veg and warm up shows!

What are you looking forward to the most?

Seeing how differently people react to us. Our sets are really unapologetic and quite abrasive; it’s always cool to see how people deal with what’s in front of them.

Can you tell us more about your set?

It’s massively energetic, highly emotive and completely transient. We plan the music of the set and then allow the performance to be completely spontaneous and try to make every set different, both for entertainment value and for personal release. We all love the idea that every different audience gets unique view of the band.

What else is happening next in Chapter and Verse’s world?

The EP! Drops on 13th July with a free entry show at The Old Blue Last with Chasing Cadence, Rory Indiana and MassMatiks. Great line up and we’re super excited for it. Then who knows! Maybe world domination?

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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