The Chevin (band)
|Origin||Otley, Leeds, England|
|Years active||2010 – present|
|Labels||So Recordings, Fierce Panda Records, Sony Music Germany, Just Music (South Africa)|
|Associated acts||Your Vegas|
The Chevin is an English post-punk revival band, based in Leeds who formed in 2010. The band is composed of four childhood friends, Coyle Girelli (lead vocals and guitars), Mat Steel (guitars and keyboards), Jon Langford (bass guitar) and Mal Taylor (drums). The band gets their name from The Chevin, a ridge overlooking their home town of Otley, West Yorkshire.
Singer and songwriter Coyle Girelli and guitarist Mat Steel have been playing music together since the age of 12 years old. All four band members met in school while growing up in the small West Yorkshire town of Otley. They, along with keyboardist and guitarist Mark Heaton, formed the alternative band Your Vegas in 2007 and released one album, A Town and Two Cities, in 2008 before renaming themselves The Chevin.
Champion EP (2011 – 2012)
The Chevin's debut five-track EP was released on October 31, 2011 on Fierce Panda Records. The lead track "Champion" was playlisted at XFM London, XFM Manchester, BBC 6 Music, and was supported by many UK DJs including Steve Lamacq.
In November, 2011, The Chevin supported the UK Tour for The Airborne Toxic Event. At a sold out Shepherds Bush Empire show, So Recordings' owner and president saw the band perform. The band signed to So Recordings weeks later. The Chevin supported The Pigeon Detectives during the second half of November across Europe. In December the band supported White Lies, ending the tour at Wembley Arena.
Notorious music critic Neil McCormick of The Telegraph described the band as "old-fashioned, OTT and big enough to crush all resistance." UK Magazine Artrocker nominated The Chevin as one of the Best New Bands of 2011.
Borderland (2012 – Present)
in 2011 The Chevin moved to Sonic Ranch, a recording studio complex 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas, USA. For three weeks, The Chevin recorded and mixed their debut album Borderland with producer Noah Shain.
The band's debut single on So Recordings, "Drive" was released on May 28. Major support from UK Radio continued along with stadium play around the country during football and rugby matches. The Chevin's second single "Blue Eyes" was released on 23 July and garnered surprising support from BBC Radio 2. The band were guests on Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show. The Blue Eyes video featured many shots of band's home town of Otley.
On 23 August The Sun (United Kingdom) premiered the brand new video for "Champion", starring Aurelia Scheppers. They wrote: "Boasting brooding verses, anthemic choruses and plenty of synthesizer, The Chevin bear more than a passing resemblance to US giants The Killers." The video was shown on E! News on September 26, 2012.
So Recordings released The Champion EP on August 28 in the United States. The next day, The Chevin made their US Television debut, performing "Champion" on the Late Show with David Letterman. Three days later, the band performed at the Bingley Music Live festival.
The Chevin released their debut album Borderland in the US on September 25, 2012 and then two days later performed "Champion" on Conan. iTunes celebrated the release of the album by making "Champion" the US iTunes Store "Single Of The Week" where it received over 1/4 of a million downloads in just one week.
The Huffington Post featured 2 songs from Borderland ('Champion' and 'Love Is Just A Game') in its Top 52 Songs Of 2012 List. South Africa's largest national rock radio station 5FM playlisted "Champion."
The Chevin performed at the Firefly Music Festival on June 23, 2013.
Use in other media
"Champion" is featured on the football simulation game, FIFA 13's soundtrack. The song was also used during ESPN's coverage of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs and on the Sky Sports special 'The Magic Of Messi', that focused on Lionel Messi's record breaking year.
UK-based bookmaker William Hill used "Champion" for its 2013 television commercial campaign.
- "Champion" (August 7, 2012)
- McCormick, Neil (27 April 2012). "The Chevin: new faces". The Telegraph.
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- "Dermot O'Leary The Chevin Session".[dead link]
- "The Chevin - Blue Eyes". YouTube. 4 July 2012.
- "The Chevin bring out Champion new single". The Sun. 23 August 2012.
- Chattman, Jon (3 December 2012). "The Huffington Post: Top 52 Songs of 2012". The Huffington Post.
- "EA SPORTS Football: FIFA 13 Soundtrack".[dead link]