For Brighton’s Chappaqua Wrestling, the arrival of recent single “Football” signaled a sea change in how the band were approaching their song writing – one that saw them embracing change, and leaning into the fact that they were likely to be holed-up in studios for the foreseeable future. It was supported at BBC Radio 1 by Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders, played across Radio X, featured on the A-List at Amazing Radio, and heralded as a joyous leap from their comfort zones, a gleeful side-step away from some of the nostalgic sounds of their acclaimed earlier work. Today’s new single “The Rift” sees the band further explore this path of world-weary anthemia, casting them into bruising, instantly-thrilling new territory.
Where “Football” studied themes of social displacement, “The Rift” squares off against disputes and disaffection. Jack Saunders’ featured it last night in his “Midnight Drop” slot on BBC Radio 1 saying: “It’s heavy, it’s grungy and it’s a big step forward for this band.” The video for “The Rift” premieres today at Clash who said that is sees the band “tapping into the dark energies of our current dystopia.” Vocalist and guitarist Charlie Woods explains further: “The Rift’ is a track about conflict, acknowledging the increasing divisions within society, and calling out those that turn the blind eye. Events from the last year have got to a global boiling point and creatively this has taken us to the same place. It’s the most powerful track we’ve released so far, and it amplifies our perception on how the last year or so has felt. Lyrically it’s influence comes from the poem written shortly after the Peterloo massacre in Manchester; ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It’s an old talisman for suppressed voices in this country, and some of its verses still clearly resonate today.”
Watch the video HERE