Young Nottingham-based 6-piece The Gorgeous Chans started life in 2012 riffing on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, and using that as their starting point began making superb indie music with a tropical twist. Incorporating a horn section into an indie staple of guitars, bass, and drums, the band have organically built a loyal following for their summery danceable guitar-pop.
Debut single ‘Marina & I’ is a song about youth, exuberance and summer love and takes its inspiration from the ‘Marina’ of children’s television show ‘Stingray’. It’s constructed around a stunning upbeat brass hook with crystal clear indie guitars in abundance and marks the difference these young lads have on “all the other indie bands out there”. A live version from the band’s set at Bestival in 2014 was featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show.
B-Side “By The Highway” showcases another side to the band, rising up from a lullaby with a sentimental feel of nostalgia surrounding gorgeous harmonies. The track has already received airplay from BBC 6 Music and sparked interest from several major labels. Both tracks were recorded by the band between free studio time at a local college and a ramshackle studio set up put together in Elliot’s back room, who is one of the two saxophone players in the group.
It’s time you met The Gorgeous Chans.
10th- Surya- London
Brandon Hill – Guitar/Lead Vocs
Ephraim Stanton – Guitar
Daniel Potts – Bass/Backing Vocs
Tom Girling – Drums/Backing Vocs
Liam Webber – Alto Sax
Elliot Labbate – Tenor Sax/Backing Vocs