Tom Chapman

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Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman on stage with New Order.jpg
Background information
Birth nameThomas Louis Chapman
Born (1972-05-15) 15 May 1972 (age 46)
Chevreuse, France
InstrumentsBass, guitars, keyboards
Associated actsNew Order, Bad Lieutenant, Rubberbear, ShadowParty

Tom Louis Chapman (born 15 May 1972, Chevreuse, France) is a French English musician, producer and songwriter, best known as the new bass guitarist with English rock band New Order. He is also one of the founding members of Anglo-American group, ShadowParty.

Bad Lieutenant[edit]

Chapman joined English alternative rock band Bad Lieutenant, formed by Bernard Sumner during a break from New Order, in 2009 as bass player. The band also featured Phil Cunningham (guitars), Jake Evans (guitars and vocals), Alex James (bass), Jack Mitchell (drums), and Stephen Morris (drums).

In addition to performing on the debut Bad Lieutenant album Never Cry Another Tear, Chapman also played on tour with the band for their live shows[1] across the UK and Europe during 2009 and 2010.

New Order[edit]

In September 2011, New Order played two charity gigs at the Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 17 October and at the Bataclan, Paris on 18 October, to benefit the group’s long-standing collaborator Michael Shamberg.[2] Chapman was invited by the remaining group members to replace former bassist Peter Hook for the two dates.[3] Following these two concerts, the band received tour offers from across the world; and Chapman joined as they proceeded to tour extensively from 2011 to 2013.

In January 2014, the band announced that they were to perform live at the 24th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on 11 March, alongside Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and Philip Glass.[4] The band revealed via their official Facebook page[5] that the set would be performed by just three members of the band; featuring Chapman alongside singer Bernard Sumner and guitarist Phil Cunningham. The trio would return in 2017, with a memorable show with Iggy Pop, and once again in February 2019 where they played alongside Lenny Kaye, best known for his work with Patti Smith.

In 2013, the band commenced recording sessions on new material, including Chapman on co-writing duties.[6] The product of these sessions was New Order's 10th album, Music Complete, which was released on 25 September 2015.


Since 2013 Tom Chapman has also been working with Steve Trafford (ex The Fall) as a duo called Rubberbear.[7] The band has released three EPs and have performed several live gigs throughout the UK including headlining the Bankswood Festival in August 2015. The music video for their debut single "Let's Move Somewhere Else" features the critically acclaimed actress Maxine Peake. In July 2014 the band announced they had signed a deal with Republic of Music, and their EP Other Side of the Fence was released on the label on 14 September 2014.[8]


In 2014, Tom Chapman met Devo guitarist and keyboardist, Josh Hager, in Boston, Massachusetts and the foundations for a new group called ShadowParty were laid. Chapman's New Order bandmate, Phil Cunningham, and Hager's Devo bandmate, Jeff Friedl, joined to complete the lineup. Work began on the writing and recording of their eponymous debut album, and the band collaborated with some of the best names in the music business. Manchester born singer, and former Primal Scream collaborator, Denise Johnson, Black Submarine and The Verve guitarist, Nick McCabe, English composer, Joe Duddell, Jack Mitchell and Iwan Gronow, drummer and bass player for Johnny Marr and American DJ, Whitney Fierce. Signed to the Mute label, the album surfaced in July 2018. The band appeared at several festivals beforehand, the North By Northwich Festival, hosted by The Charlatans, The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and The Dot To Dot Festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. ShadowParty also featured at the Festival No.6 in Portmeirion, Wales, before they embarked on their debut headlining tour of the UK in September 2018. The band recently had a successful tour of Italy in January 2019.



  • What Are You Waiting 4 EP (2002)
  • Better Than the Real Thing (featuring Jez Kerr) (2003)


  • New Puppet Motion EP (2002)
  • You Change Everything EP (2003)

Starless and Bibleblack

Paul Heaton

Bad Lieutenant

New Order


  • Let's Move Somewhere Else EP (2013)
  • Elements EP (2014)
  • Other Side of the Fence EP (2014)

Jake Evans

  • Day One (2015)


  • ShadowParty (2018)

Instruments played[edit]

Chapman uses Fender Basses and a Music Man StingRay for live performances. Whilst recording with New Order in 2013 and 2014, Chapman used a Fender Precision Bass. He also plays keyboards and guitar.


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Bad Lieutenant biography". Billboard. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ Michaels, Sean. "New Order reunite without Peter Hook". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ Goggins, Joe. "Interview: New Order". The Mancunion. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith to play Tibet House benefit concert". Uncut.
  5. ^ "Bernard, Phil and Tom from New Order will be performing at the 24th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert". New Order Official Facebook Page.
  6. ^ "New Order confirm they will begin work on new material in early 2013". NME.
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE Interview: Get To Know Rubberbear". PRO MOTION. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  8. ^ "Other Side of the Fence (Deluxe Version) - EP by Rubberbear on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-11-08.