Album Review: Chappaqua Wrestling – ‘Plus Ultra’ — When The Horn Blows


The nomadic duo turned foursome take a leap of faith in their debut offering, more ultra.

Formed in Manchester at the end of 2017, . is a fervent culmination of gritty 90s britpop Sundays shoegaze indie rock and the beach boys‘Lyrical pop wit. From the back of the 2020 single the crack that really turned heads (including EMI), they’re finally making bolder moves with a 13-track debut album.

For the original duo of Charlie Woods and Jake Mac, they never wanted to do things by halves. They knew they wanted to beat the noise of the cement every day. A true impulse of exploration, more ultra it has all the makings of falling gracefully as it embarks on setting social lows, from social media to student debt, never denying the fact that there may be hope on the horizon.

The first stop on the border of full round table encapsulates just that. Dark bass drones hover over the reinforced lyrics of world events as they mutter about the ridiculousness of the living crisis, “You and I need a new direction, In 15 years, will our wages change? while pointing fingers at the poisoning of social media,”the morning roll makes your whole day blind“before driving it all away with a full flurry of swagger from the band looking into the glass-half-full mentality”,Yeah, so I don’t care if they ignore what we can do / Newspapers and cynics ain’t right.”

Orientation is another snappy effort, with another decisive bassline lighting the way as we feed on a rampage of an affirmation,”Don’t tell me your life isn’t changing / Don’t tell me your life isn’t changing.” The second single to be released for this album, Orientation, a technique used by voyagers over the sea to find unmarked routes, has a connection to the main thesis of album exploration and goes against the grain, despite what everyone else tells you. Roughly translated to “Nothing Lies Beyond”, Ne Plus Ultra was a marking used on old maps, often dissuading novice explorers from even bothering to set sail. But a lot of bolder people just saw it as an opportunity; a temptation to embark on fresh and virgin waters. A call to go the extra mile, despite what may lie ahead.

culture it’s been a long time to embark. A seemingly grim hint at matters, he gets nods from the likes of The match hold conversations without trying to control them; they only need your country when they need you, as a pitiful bass plugin that repays the bands ability to drop off the soaring guitars from time to time. As such, much in the registry strives for optimistic accessibility, such as I do not need you anymore take advantage of tambourine shakes and flashy guitar solos, most prominently tanned by certain Mancunian bands in the ’90s.

Very similar The crash efforts, chappaqua fight they are fulfilling their desire to be those musicians who fight for the things that must be solved together. A symbiosis between detachment from social media and how petty arguments can’t really do either party any good. Well slept It is a whole thesis elaborated by the outraged; and it’s quite an anguished anthem for the new generation. In an effort to wake them from their social slumber, a scorching guitar drops on “worry about your present and your future is fine..” Let’s hope the kids are listening before they get completely lost at sea.

While Not in love hones in on those dreamy shoe-eyed boy-girl duos like Bon Voyage perfected over the years, while newcomer Coco Varda adds vocals, projecting a whole new tonality to this “classic” indie-rock breakup song. “.

Adoring the “cause,” the band sees him head-on to talk more than ever.

“Talking is the savior of our generation,” Charlie nods. “Yes, we can’t get a mortgage anymore and we can’t have XYZ that our parents had, but we can still sit together and have a good time. Through it all, those good times can still mean something.

The band themselves are prepared to carve their own etching within the community, as they embark on their own UK headline tourincluding a host of festivals for this year’s summer season.

Backed by a whole plethora of folk from BBC Radio 6Music to Elton John, you won’t want to miss them.

Fighting for honesty and hope in a politically polarized world… Chappaqua Wrestling is steering their ship to arena-ready tours with their groundbreaking indie-rock.

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