Popes of Chillitown – To The Moon

album by:
Popes of Chillitown
Version:
MP3 Album
Price:
£7.99

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Rating:
4
On June 30, 2015
Last modified:July 1, 2015

Summary:

A well crafted album. Fast and energetic from the off. Popes of Chillitown should appeal to fans of bands like The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Madness, Russkaja and Rancid.

Popes of Chillitown a Ska/Dub/Punk band from London founded in 2006 have gone through several line-up changes before the six piece line-up we see today. To date they have self released two EPs and pledge funded début album ‘A Word To The Wise‘ in 2013. Their second album ‘To The Moon’ was self released in May 2015, it was recorded at Hackney Road Studios, London and produced by Jack Ashley, their drummer. They have played many gigs throughout the UK and supported bands like The Selecter and Reel Big Fish.

‘ Popes of Chillitown

Ska punk merges elements of ska with punk rock. Bands like Rancid and The Offspring are more punk influenced with punkier vocals, whereas The Specials and Madness are more ska-influenced. I picked up both in ‘To The Moon’ together with a bit of Dub, think UB40 or The Police.

A few observations, Mummy’s Busy I felt was more ska influenced, think The Selecter meets Bad Manners. Impatient reminded me of the Specials say Too Much Too Young whereas in Too Much where I might have expected the Too Much Too Young comparison to come in I actually thought of Walking On The Moon by The Police. In Otherside I picked up bit of a Lily Allen vibe, a faster Smile maybe. 14 Time with it’s reggae beat was reminiscent of UB40. Wisdom Teeth, The Specials meet Bad Manners, although it may have been the ‘Na Na Na Na Na Na’ which brought Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu to mind more than anything else!

To The Moon’ is the first Popes of Chillitown album/EP I have heard so I can’t comment on how the band may, or may not, have evolved but what I can say it’s well produced and well crafted. Fast and energetic from the off. Popes of Chillitown should appeal to fans of bands like The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Madness,  Russkaja and Rancid.

Highlight Track: Mummy’s Busy

Track List:

1. Vamos a la Luna
2. Mummy’s Busy
3. OPOOM
4. Impatient
5. Voluntary Execution
6. Too Much
7. Otherside
8. 14 Time
9. Wisdom Teeth
10. Hey You
11. Every Day

Band Members:

Matt Conner – Vocals/Guitar
Arvin Bancil – Bass
Jack Ashley – Drums/Vocals
Tom Penn – Guitar/Vocals
Micah Rose-Trespeuch  – Saxophone
Ross Moore  – Trombone

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PopesOfChillitown

A well crafted album. Fast and energetic from the off. Popes of Chillitown should appeal to fans of bands like The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Madness, Russkaja and Rancid.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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