“It’s not often Clash will come across an entirely new genre, but ‘sister doom’ certainly covers it.”
With the single already gaining early support from Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing Humberside and Kingston Radio, the pair will also be hitting the road this winter on a string of UK tour dates, see below for more info.
“We wrote the song after watching the film Bronson by Nicolas Winding Refn” explains drummer Eleanor-Cara Churchill of the influence behind the new single “There’s something about his energy we loved in the film and we wanted to transfer that energy into music. We recently renamed our bass amp Bronson to celebrate its arrival into the Chambers set list.”
Formed in the summer of 2014, Churchill and guitarist/vocalist Aeris Houlihan were both already playing in another band together at the time. Finding a distinct lack of fellow musicians that she was drawn to on her Leeds College of Music course, Churchill finally realised that the answer to starting her dream band was right in front of her the whole time.
“At the time I felt like I wanted to be more involved creatively with song-writing and contribute more than just putting drums to songs that guitarists had sat down and already written” explains Churchill “I wanted to share the creative process with a guitarist.”
“Life has a strange way of pulling two people together” adds Houlihan “The first time I entered the band practice room I felt a magnetic pull towards Ellie. An energy I get that I can’t describe in the form of words. My auntie is psychic, it runs in my family. We were destined to start Chambers together.”
The band are racking up an impressive list of support slots in their home county and have so far played with the likes of Black Honey, The Mirror Trap, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Heck and Clean Cut Kid; a list that’s almost as varied as their own many-faceted influences. Citing the likes of Nirvana, The Pixies, Kendrick Lamar, Rejjie Snow, Deap Valley, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pulled Apart by Horses and Interpol, their taste is nothing if not eclectic. The pair are also big horror film fans which they feel is where their darker, doom-influenced material stems from.
“There’s something that excites us about horror” continues Churchill “We naturally just went down more of a dark and doomy route. It wasn’t something we planned, it was just what we felt at the time and it’s now stuck with us.”
It’s not just the horror films that lend Chambers their otherworldly quality, though. There’s a hint of the mysterious and arcane about everything they do, an embracing of the darker side and the unknown elements of life and death that give them somewhat of an edge when compared to their poppier contemporaries and counterparts.
The name Chambers is in itself a reflection of their desire to peek inside Pandora’s Box. When you think of a chamber it makes you wonder: what’s inside? What does it look like? What’s it for? Everyone has their own Chambers, full of weird and wonderful thoughts and emotions. It’s this sense of mystery inside the self that lends itself to the pair’s dark themes, bursting as they are with a raw and hopeful energy.
“The concept of sister-doom is sort of like a spirit that drives us to do what we do” the pair finish up “It’s sort of that feeling you get when you’re stood in a dark, empty house with all the lights turned off. A figure suddenly appears in front of you and your eyes try to work out if it’s real or not. It’s sort of that adrenaline you get from the unknown. Like something you shouldn’t do but you just want more.”
CHAMBERS 2016 UK Tour Dates:
Nov 12 – Adelphi – Hull (w/ Forever Cult + Allusondrugs)
Nov 18 – Goth City Festival – Alwoodley
Nov 19 – The Donny Deviants Invasion – Ashton Under Lyne
Nov 26 – KAZOOPA FEST – Leeds
Dec 02 – The Key Club – Leeds (w/ Allusondrugs + Hands Off Gretel)
Dec 03 – The Library – Leeds
Jan 20 – O’Riley’s – Hull
Jan 27 – Giants Of Rock Festival – Minehead
Jan 28 – The Red Lion – Bristol