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DREAM STATE – The Hairy Dog, Derby, 23/02/2018

SUPPORT: Chapter and Verse, Distant Blue

Dream State gig photo 1


Welsh alternative rock/post-hardcore quintet Dream State are currently a band very much on the up, having had a fantastic 2017, what with playing the Reading festival, becoming label mates with the likes of Architects and Northlane, and their single ‘White Lies’ getting over a million Spotify plays and 3.5 million YouTube views.

As part of the band’s recent UK headline tour, they stopped by at what I consider to be Derby’s premier rock and metal venue, The Hairy Dog, joined by Londoners Chapter and Verse and local lads Distant Blue, who were first up on stage.

The two major differences I noticed from when I had been at the venue in January to catch Canvas, Skywalker and Revealer, was that it seemed much busier, and that there must have been improvements made to the sound system, as you could literally feel the vibrations emanating from the instruments.

Distant Blue gig photo

Distant Blue played a decent set full of highly-energetic pop-punk, however, it was nothing spectacular, something the guys admitted when I spoke to them afterwards.

Unfortunately for them, there were a few teething problems, what with the tuning of the guitars, but on a positive note, they took it all in good humour, with frontman Ed Binding joking, “I really need to invest in a tuner!“, prompting some laughs from the crowd.

However, everything seemed to come together well for the quartet’s finale, their latest single, ‘Amber Leaf’, where they put on a flawless performance, and I noticed that some of the crowd were singing along to the lyrics.

Chapter And Verse gig photo

Chapter and Verse, the next outfit to play, made an atmospheric start, with the band’s vocalist Josh Carter standing still, singing softly.

After a few minutes of this, Josh then shouted to the crowd, “How you’re doing? We’re Chapter and Verse!“, ad at that moment, the stage, which up to that point, had been mostly shrouded in darkness, exploded into a burst of frantic light flashes.

At the same time, the sound became much more energetic, with the vocals becoming harsher.

It was a passionate set, with each of the four members, even drummer Ash Morton, being animated throughout, and listening to it, it was easy to understand why Metallica legend Lars Ulrich has given the lads his seal of approval.

Josh sure knows how to work a crowd, constantly rallying them, and asking everyone if they were enjoying themselves, which resulted in an almighty cheer erupting across the room.

However, when he asked them if they had enjoyed Distant Blue’s performance, there was a rather more muted response, which I personally thought was slightly hard on the young four-piece.

Before launching into another track, Josh shouted, “If you know the words to this, sing along. If you don’t, just make it up!

The band also previewed a few of the songs that will be featuring on their second EP, ‘Glow’, which the audience seemed to give their full approval, which bodes well for when the full EP is unveiled later this year.

Dream State gig photo 2

Even a band of Dream State’s current calibre would have struggled to top Chapter and Verse, but then, they haven’t been tipped to be one of Kerrang! magazine’s hottest bands of 2018 for nothing.

Frontwoman CJ Gilpin gave a performance that matched their sound, light and cheerful one minute, heavy and aggressive the next, which literally had everyone jumping and swaying about.

CJ was also frank about her battles with anxiety and depression, both through song and the banter she engaged in with the crowd in between.

It was during one of these instances that the most heartfelt moment of the evening occured, when she dedicated one of the tracks on the setlist to her beloved pet dog, who was being put down the following day.

Dream State gig photo 3

It is very rare that a band, no matter how big or small they are, has got the audience in the palms of their hands as effectively, and as quickly, as these guys.

It was little wonder then that when it was time for Dream State to depart the stage, pretty much the whole room was demanding an encore. After a couple of minutes, CJ emerged with her bandmates, laughed at the crowd, and joked, “You bastards!

They went on to play a few more songs, which everyone eagerly lapped up.

Dream State gig photo 4

Judging what I saw here, it will surely only be a small matter of time before Dream State, Chapter and Verse, and hopefully, Distant Blue, will be gracing bigger venues.

Dream State are playing at this summer’s Download festival, and if you’re going to that, then, if you can, please do make an effort to see them, you certainly won’t regret it.







Chapter And Verse band photo

CHAPTER AND VERSE: (front left): Darren Gosling (guitar), (back left): Ash Morton (drums), (centre): Josh Carter (vocals), (right): Jonny Hopwood (bass)


From the east end of London, Chapter and Verse are currently ascending at a rapid rate.

Since getting together in early 2015, the quartet have garnered much praise with a diverse, noisy alternative rock sound abundant in passion and raw emotion, which has seen them compared to the likes of Circa Survive, Crooks, and Saosin.

With this, the band have also wowed crowds across the UK playing festival appearances, their own headline tours, and support slots for such outfits as Courage, My Love, and Dead!

Chapter and Verse’s frontman, Josh Carter, spoke to me about all this, getting Metallica legend Lars Ulrich’s seal of approval, as well as what the band have lined up, prior to their recent set in Derby supporting Dream State.

How did the band get together?

Me, Darren and Jonny were all in bands previously, doing lots of different things, but it got to a stage where we decided that we wanted to do something brand new, and from scratch, so that’s what we did.

The band started off as a three-piece, then later on, we drafted Ash in. We were lucky to find him, actually. We found him on an internet forum, and we brought him in through that.

It’s a pretty boring story! (laughs)

How did the name Chapter and Verse come about?

We took about six months to come up with that name. It was so tricky, because every name that we came up with that we thought sounded cool turned out to already belong to someone else.

One day, we came across this phrase, “chapter and verse“, and we felt that pretty much summed us up, because the specificity of that phrase we felt worked well, and that was that.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

It varies. A lot of the time, one of us will come forward with a skeleton, or a rough idea, of a song, where we want it to go, and we’ll adapt it from there, so it’s normally a case of adapting a whole guitar piece in a very useful manner, adding vocals to it, Darren will make it his by making changes to it, or we’ll adapt it from the lyrics, but we’re all big contributors, there’s no main songwriter, so it’s a massive team effort.

What inspires the band lyrically?

A lot of things. I personally find it really hard to write about anything that I don’t really feel too strongly about, so it’s not like there’s just one type of topic, I just write about things that feel real to me, that I’ve thought about a lot.

Sometimes, it’s things that I really need to get off my chest, or that I feel really strongly about, or that I have something to say on. Normally, if I’m not full of opinions on a topic, I can’t write anything on it! (laughs)

Usually, when I know what my goal is, I’m able to sum it up in a sentence, and it kind of all splurges from there.

Last year, you brought out a single, ‘Magazines’, which followed your 2016 debut EP, ‘The Wolves Back Home’. How was the reaction to those releases?

The reaction to both of them were great. The EP, it’s old for us now, it was the first thing we’d ever done as a band, and at that time, we were still finding our feet, trying to figure out what we wanted to sound like, what we were good and bad at, but it was all received really positively.

The first EP was just five tracks, which we wrote individually, whereas with the new EP that’s coming out later this year, ‘Glow’, and also with ‘Magazines’, we have put a lot more thought into it, learned how to tie everything in better, develop our sound more, become more mature, and it seems, judging by the reaction to ‘Magazines’ as a single, that more people are excited about what we’re going to do next, and I hope that they also recognise the maturity that we think the new EP has.

Speaking of ‘Glow’, how has the recording process for it been so far?

Very good. We’ve completely finished recording the EP now, we’ve actually been sitting on it for a while now. We recorded it with Neil Kennedy, who has worked with bands like Creeper, Milk Teeth and Boston Manor.

On our first EP, we approached him, asking if he could help us record it, but this time, he actually came to us and said, “If you’re thinking of doing another record, I would love to get involved.

Neil was a lot more hands-on with the second EP, so that was good. He had lots of ideas on tones and sounds, he would listen to what we had done, and he would say, “What you’ve done here is great, but what you’ve done there is not so great.

He did a lot of channelling of what we do, and I think that has helped ‘Glow’ to flow much better.

When do you think you’ll be releasing your second EP?

There’ll be some more tracks coming out first, and hopefully, a new video, I don’t really have a release date for them at the moment, but it will definitely be at some point later this year, hopefully by the summer.

Going back to ‘Magazines’, that was recently played on Metallica legend Lars Ulrich’s Apple Music Beats 1 radio show. How was that as an experience?

The weirdest, most bizarre thing ever! (laughs) It was really odd, because even now, we have no idea how it happened. We had nothing to do with it, nor did our management.

The first we knew about it was when we were sent a tweet from Lars himself about two hours before the show first went out, and we were researching it and everything, wondering if it was actually real or just someone playing a practical joke on us.

It was just a really bizarre experience, because Darren is a huge Metallica fan, they were his first love, so I think he was really touched by it all.

Has Lars been in contact with you since he played your track?

No, he hasn’t. He’s been tweeting about his show more. He’s got bigger fish to fry! (laughs)

You’re currently supporting Dream State on their UK headline tour. How has that been going for you so far?

It’s been really great. We’ve only got four shows left after tonight, and the Dream State guys, and girl, have been lovely to us so far. Obviously, we’ve been playing to a lot of crowds that have probably only come for Dream State, so it’s been good to introduce ourselves and our music to them.

We’ve been treated very well, and a lot of people have been cool with us, so yeah, it’s all been really positive. There’s really nothing bad to say about it up to now.

Overall, how is it for the band playing live and touring?

We’ve done headline tours and support tours for other bands, like Courage, My Love, and Emp!re. We try to get out onto the road as much as we can, as much as we’re able to. We base a lot of our songwriting on how well it will go down live, because staying on form live is really important to us, so we try to do it as much as possible.

I presume there will be some live dates this year, after your current tour has been completed?

Yeah, definitely. We’re hoping to announce another tour soon, that will happen hopefully before the summer, but I can’t say anything else about that at the moment, and then after the new EP comes out, we’ll be in festival season.

We’ll be playing the 2000 Trees festival, a handful of independent ones, and hopefully soon, we’ll be able to announce more of the festivals that we’ll be playing.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Someone who interviewed us recently summed this up perfectly. In order to do an album, we have to earn it first, so we want to get to the stage where we feel like we are ready to make an album that we can be proud of, so yeah, that’s our main goal.

Chapter And Verse Single Cover




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