"The kiss of life, the kiss of death, they'll save this kiss for you, A pinch of salt, the word regret & it echoes through & through"
Tom is, without doubt a storyteller, the teller of tales, Shakespeares Romeo, Guerilla, defender of Love, taking us all on a journey.
While each track sets a different scene, the transition is effortless as though it has a golden thread of musical mastery running through its core.
There's often a duff track....or two, on an E.P or album but it's not the case with "Take Courage" and every track is worthy of a mention. With "Scene From An Ending" the acoustic intro really allows us to hear Tom at his vocal best, & even when the drums & guitar ramp up he maintains a vocal vulnerability, my favourite track for sure. A few seconds into Lock Stock ( & two smoking Angels ) and from a music perspective I'm thinking of one of the UK's most successful 80's bands, Simple Minds.
It may well be a debut E.P from this outfit but The Chapter are far from Virgin musicians, tight, accomplished and ready to go thanks to : Miles X Dawson on lead guitar, Joshua Saunders-Bass & backing vocals & James Harrison on Drums. Mathew Parisi added his lead guitar solos to Anthem & also engineered the E.P. As well as lead vocals Tom also plays acoustic guitar.
And like a smile that hides a heartache "Under postcard skies" has a rhythmic summer vibe while lyrics of reflection take a stroll underneath " I've made my mistakes, fallen for the wrong girl but I grow older, I grow wiser"
Lastly "Anthem" with sing-along chorus "Wherever I end up I will sing my way there, wherever I belong will give me my song. Wherever this life will lead me will make up this tune to my Anthem"
Tom certainly has grown older and wiser and with The Chapter finally found his musical home, let's just hope it won't be another 9yrs before the next offering. "Take Courage" Is available to Pre Order over at Bandcamp you can also check out the website where you'll also find all social media links to follow and show your support.
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