Chin of Britain is Chin Keeler – an autodidact artist and multi-instrumentalist who has involved himself in many projects during his long musical career (including Quickspace, Firestations, Dark Captain and Milk.) Chin plays all the instruments, bashes all the drums, sings all the notes and presses the record button, so what you get is the pure and unadulterated weird-pop vision straight from the mind of the creator himself. The songs reel in the unsuspecting listener with cyclical grooves, lyrical honesty and vivid imagery – a cosmic guitar journey with pop hooks.
“An absorbing, satisfying, damn fine listen.” Loud & Quiet
“Imagine if you combined the expressive and catchy pop hooks of ‘Daydream Nation’ era Sonic Youth with the driving beat of Neu and the mad synth and guitar workouts of Hawkwind.” Artrocker
“Compelling UK psych-pop – catchy and melodic, with a fast-flowing stream of keyboard riffs that are propelled by a motorik beat. This is kosmiche pop with a sweet aftertaste.” Sounds XP
Chin Keeler is also one half of London based art duo KEELERTORNERO – purveyors of fine collaborative art – http://keelertornero.com/
Firestations is a five-piece that mixes scuzzy indie-pop with spacey alt-folk – think Veronica Falls, Pentangle, Stereolab, American Analog Set. At the core is pop songwriting, but this is frequently subverted by joyous surges of collective noise-making and bursts of electronic sound from synth and guitar. At the quieter end of the spectrum the songs hint at the bruised purity that can be found in Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo and Low.
The debut album ‘Never Closer’ (with singles ‘Forgetful Man’, ‘Cold Sweaty Palms’ and ‘Never Closer’) was released on Waltz Time to good reviews/extensive radio play (Radio 1, 6music, Xfm) in 2014, and the band are currently working on a follow-up. Members have previously been in/are in Quickspace, Astronauts, Dark Captain, Finlay and Left With Pictures.
“Sunken, serene guitar pop”. DIY
“A psychedelic-pop wonder”. Indiehere
“Warm and lazily inviting”. The Line of Best Fit
“An upbeat, dreamworld take on indiepop”. The Sound of Confusion
“This is perfect lo-fi pop.” The 405
“Indiepop with an electronica garnish…cool and world weary”. Sounds XP
Bit Cloudy is an East London producer making naughty electronics. He has remixed Astronauts (Lo Recordings) & Firestations.
Bit Cloudy ‘Carer’ (feat. Firestations) single and ‘The Blown Mains’ EP due in 2016.
Growing up on the not-so-mean streets of Oxford, Chad spent 17 years developing his eccentric, bittersweet view of the world before fumbling his first acoustic guitar chords on arrival in his adopted home of Norwich. After a national tour in 2011, and various London dates in 2012, Chad began 2013 by making his U.S. debut at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Radio appearances on Future (UK) and Breakthrough (New York), as well as a video session for BBC Introducing heralded a well-received set at Latitude Festival in July and a successful homecoming gig at the Sound and Vision Festival in October.
Following a commission from Central School of Speech and Drama’s Accidental Festival, Chad wrote and recorded the initial music for a one-man show on which this new album is based. He then added additional tunes to extend the project to the “May ’14 and More” album. Recent adventures have included a second New York trip, where he has found an enthusiastic audience with his uniquely English style.
“A witty, Wicker Man-like brand of folk” Muso’s Guide
Songs that slip seamlessly from vintage jukebox stomp to lovelorn plaintive folk via whiskey-soaked jazz and porch song blues. Myriad influences, from Pentangle and The Incredible String Band to Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg, and at the forefront of these sumptuous musical textures is David’s soulful and eccentric delivery.
“An inspired debut full of depth and wonderful performances” TLOBF
“A very well-crafted and sobering first album” Drowned in Sound
Indie blues with pop bite.