EP Review: Chapter And Verse – “The Wolves Back Home”
Coming off the back of their successful set at Camden Rocks, Chapter And Verse have launched their debut EP, The Wolves Back Home, and I’m very happy to report it does not disappoint.
The EP opens with the big riff of The New Breed quickly dissolving into lead singer Josh’s melodic, soulful vocals. You instantly get a hit of elements of other bands, but all thrown together into a unique and distinctive order. First single Shelf Life has an almost Mars Volta-esque vibe to it in sound, but stripped of some of the more prog elements, with a bit of Glassjaw thrown in for good measure.
The band also show their range with Electric Tongues which is a far more sombre affair, and although it still has some heavier moments it’s certainly more reminiscent of a ballad than the rest of the EP. It’s different, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it gives a good indication of one of the multiple different directions this band could take their sound, such is their potential.
However, for my money the two strongest tracks here are Tunnels, which has a phenomenal opening riff and really showcases the band’s excellent rhythm section, and Slave. When we saw their set at Camden Rocks they closed their set with Slave, and its’ easy to see why, it’s by far the most accomplished track here with a genuinely catchy hook for the chorus, while incorporating many of the best parts of the rest of the EP. It feels like the crescendo that the whole thing has been building to, and it sounds as good on record as it did live.
Chapter & Verse are clearly a band of immense potential, with slick production values, a tight musical arrangement, and a unique sound that far belies their relatively short tenure as a unit. Based on this EP I could see them going far, and if you’re a fan of the likes of Funeral for a Friend, Glassjaw, or really any of the major bands from the Post-Hardcore movement, this is likely to be a band you want to keep an eye on.