Venue Guildford Boileroom Date 08/04/10 A deal signed with Universal and current single ‘O Maybe I’ has quickly established itself as a firm favourite on the 6Music playlist. So it’s no surprise Chapel Club have been gaining attention from a lot of movers and shakers in the industry. They arrive in Guildford as part of an extensive tour in preparation for a European tour and countless festival appearances. Shuffling on stage quietly and appearing rather too smart for the occasion, the five-piece launch straight into ‘Surfacing’, a song with the standard slow-burning start before guitarist and synthsman Michael Hibbert really wrestles with the control of both instuments bringing it up a level to something reminiscent of the much under-rated mature statesmen of Britpop, Gene. However, this was the problem – while clearly talented musicians and there definitely being moments of inspiration, too many songs rely on the measured controlling soundtracks under vocalist Lewis Bowman’s often monotonous tones. The comparisons to White Lies have done Chapel Club are an injustice, they definitely have more about them than last year’s next big thing who were, let’s be honest, horrible. Although clearly drawing influences from the same bands and the respectable side of the 80s such as New Order and Depeche Mode alongside the current misers such as Interpol, Chapel Club have some attention-grabbing piano moments and the synths are never over-used. But sometimes lack the melodies to really grab you and there appears to be little distinction between some songs. Only Hibbert shows any sign of enjoying himself on stage by constantly grappling with his guitar and putting on a bit of a show. The rest of the band are static and no song, or indeed the band, is introduced and shamefully there is barely any recognition of thanks. Bowman may have a passing resemblance to Mike Skinner, but isn’t a fan of the banter. Perhaps leaving the audience a little cold, after 30 minutes the band leave the stage as unassumedly as they walked on and there is a distinct air of “was that it?” around the venue. What say you on this? Sound off in our Fourum!