“Yorkshire quartet The Chevin are quickly progressing to become one of Britain’s brightest new bands. Previously seen supporting White Lies , The Airborne Toxic Event and The Pigeon Detectives , as well as at a show stopping SXSW 2012 performance, the band released their debut EP ‘Champion’ on Fierce Panda at the start of the year.
Produced by Noah Shain ( Skrillex , Fool’s Gold ), ‘ Drive’ resonates with the soaring anthemic qualities and emotional depth that typifies the likes of early U2 , The Killers and Arcade Fire . Featuring vocalist Coyle Girelli’s dual stories of emotional and physical crashes, ‘ Drive’ demonstrates The Chevin’s ability to swerve between the defiant and the
‘ Drive’ is taken from the band’s debut album ‘ Borderland’ that will be released in August . Recorded in a ranch – once a location for drugs and arms running, now a studio packed with vintage gear – in the desert of El Paso , South Texas , ‘ Borderland’ is rich with creative rock sonics, compelling emotional themes.
“The last few years has been a time of break-ups and I’ve had some close friends pass away as well as family,” says Girelli . “Melodically it’s quite uplifting, but the undertone is constantly sad. These songs, personally for me, were very therapeutic, and I hope for other people they are too.”
Named after a hill in their hometown of Otley , The Chevin were formed in 2010 and focussed their energies on perfecting their sound in rehearsal rather than embarking upon regular touring. They recorded a complete demo version of ‘ Borderland’ at Girelli’s home studio, and used the results to entice management before self-funding the recording of the ‘ Borderland’ album under Shain’s expert guidance.
Already making waves on both sides of the Atlantic, The Chevin have all the attributes needed to be the UK’s next international breakthrough band. ”
Despite similarities between sounds from Stereophonics, The Killers, The Boxer Rebellion and even Muse, The Chevin are setting out to pave their own way on this crazy road known as the music business. And, what a better way to do so then by supporting bands such as White Lies and the Pigeon Detectives…oh, and by releasing one entertaining music video which accompanies on smash hit of a song.
‘Drive’ is catchy, in possession of a distinct, and original, sound and shows the band’s ability to intertwine music and emotion brilliantly. The video is just a bonus. The video has a 80′s retro feel about it and that makes me quite nostalgic watching it; I want to dig out my old Gameboy and listen to this song on repeat while playing Tetris for a couple of hours.
The song fits perfectly with the video and for a debut, The Chevin have hit the nail right on the head.
Written by Victoria Gottschalk