The Chameleons announce tour dates and new video

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video for title tune of name new EP out nowThe Chameleons launched an EP entitled ‘The place Are You?’ final Friday (twenty fourth Might), which comprises the primary model new music by the Manchester-formed post-punk legends for 23 years. They’ve right now issued a video for its hard-charging title observe, which has been directed by Martin Swinney at Periscope.

“The band was scattered to the 4 winds on the time, so a extra conventional type of video was out of the query given the time-frame,” states vocalist/bassist and band co-founder Mark Burgess. “We due to this fact went with a extra summary collage and tried to convey the compulsion many people have to go looking by life for the issues that we really feel outline us, on this case real love, or moments of connection to one another, or parts that trace at a deeper actuality. ‘The place Are You?’ is the ‘you’ that punctuates that means in my life.”

THE CHAMELEONS | The place Are You? video

new EP
out now
(Metropolis Information)

restricted version 12” vinyl accessible at dwell exhibits

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THE CHAMELEONS | The place Are You? EP cowl paintings

“It’s thrilling to lastly be placing out recent Chameleonsmaterial for the primary time in over twenty years, though initially I discovered it fairly daunting,” Burgess admitted lately about their model new three tune EP, ‘The place Are You?’, which is out digitally on Metropolis Information (a restricted version 12” vinyl format can also be being offered at dwell exhibits by Unusual Occasions Leisure). “The query about new music is one I had been requested probably the most by individuals coming to our gigs. Many weren’t even born when our earlier data had been made, however they had been excited and impressed by the music sufficient to catch us on varied excursions.”

An suave mixture that embraces previous glories whereas opening their arms to artistic enlargement, ‘The place Are You?’ slots neatly into their oeuvre. Led with an arresting trademark guitar hook, Burgess’ acquainted and instantly recognisable vocals soar effortlessly over the tight precision of the rhythm part, seemingly by no means lacking a beat since their final studio album in 2001. “By the point we’d obtained by COVID, Reg [Smithies, guitarist] and I had a really stable band in place, individuals whose expertise we trusted in to carry out the most effective in no matter concepts we had been in a position to get off the bottom,” affirms Burgess. Recapturing their magical sound that mixes post-punk, indie rock and shoegaze parts proved to be no wrestle.

For the primary time for the reason that dying of John and the departure of Dave, I felt we had been a correct band able to creating some fascinating and thrilling music,” he explains, reflecting on the passing of authentic drummer John Lever in 2017 and the departure of Dave Fielding after the band’s reunion in 2000 (Burgess and Smithies explored totally different solo avenues earlier than returning to The Chameleons fold that yr).

THE CHAMELEONS | Mark Burgess photograph by Mick Peek

The EP additionally consists of the shimmering and mesmerising ‘Endlessly Falling’ and contemplative acoustic ballad ‘Endlessly’. Of the previous, Burgess reveals that “it is likely one of the first songs we ever wrote however by no means accomplished till now. I all the time preferred it and needed to document it for the primary John Peel classes, however it obtained vetoed and discarded.”

The EP acts as a teaser for an upcoming album entitled ‘Arctic Moon’ that’s deliberate for late 2024. “We’re midway by it in the intervening time, however everybody within the band is happy by what they’re listening to. We’ve managed to transcend the confines of our personal legacy and at last forge one thing recent. It’s undoubtedly The Chameleons to everybody that has heard the course the band is now heading in,” he concludes.

The Chameleons start a North American tour tonight (thirtieth Might) that can have a good time their 1986 album ‘Unusual Occasions’. The schedule continues into December and features a London present at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and ends on the Albert Corridor of their dwelling metropolis of Manchester. The UK and European itinerary for 2024 is:

06.07.24  BOLTON Proper To Roam
28.08.24  BEDFORD Esquires
29.08.24  BRIGHTON Chalk
30.08.24  HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
10.09.24  AMSTERDAM (NL) Melkweg
11.09.24  THE HAGUE (NL) Paard
12.09.24  BIELEFELD (DE) Film Bielefeld
13.09.24  OBERHAUSEN (DE) Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
14.09.24  HAMBURG (DE) Gruenspan
15.09.24  BERLIN (DE) Columbia Theater
17.09.24  FRANKFURT (DE) The Mattress
18.09.24  MUNICH (DE) Backstage Kulturzentrum
19.09.24  LYON (FR) L’Epicerie Moderne
20.09.24  PARIS (FR) Cabaret Sauvage
21.09.24  TOURCOING (FR) Le Grand Combine
06.12.24  BRISTOL Marble Manufacturing unit
07.12.24  LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
09.12.24  DUBLIN (IE) Opium
10.12.24  BELFAST Limelight 2
12.12.24  GLASGOW The Storage
13.12.24  NEWCASTLE Riverside
14.12.24  MANCHESTER Albert Corridor

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The Chameleons have lengthy been cited as a vastly influential act, having impressed the likes of (The) Verve, Oasis, Interpol, The Killers, Editors, White Lies and The Sluggish Readers Membership. They’re famend for his or her transformative recorded catalogue and intense and emotionally charged dwell performances, making a legacy that extends effectively past 4 studio albums issued thus far. Their extensively acclaimed debut, ‘Script of the Bridge’ (1983) has been described by many as a masterpiece means forward of its time, and was adopted by ‘What Does Something Imply? Principally!’ (1984), ‘Unusual Occasions’ (1986) and ‘Why Name It Something?’ (2001).

The band’s distinctive sound has been fascinating listeners for over 4 a long time with a singular mixture of melancholic but energetic and highly effective tunes, hypnotic ethereal riffs and a timeless lyrical fashion. Some of the essential but underrated rock bands of the 80s and 90s, they’ve contributed considerably to the post-punk, indie rock and shoegaze scenes of these a long time and past.

Mark Burgess – vocals, bass
Reg Smithies – guitar
Stephen Rice – guitar
Danny Ashberry – keyboards
Todd Demma – drums

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