POPES OF CHILLITOWN are a six piece BritSka Indie band from London, forged many moons ago from the tentative beginnings of late-night jam sessions between friends. The band have burst onto the London gig scene over the past 3 years with a host of performances at many well-respected venues, including legendary London venues such as The Astoria, Hackney Empire and 100 Club, as well as all around the UK with bands such as Imperial Leisure and The King Blues.
But a straight up British Ska band they are not. Blending genres and each of the members influences makes for a unique sound and a breath of fresh air from generic bands that make generic music for fear of punters not getting it . A typical POPES OF CHILLITOWN show boasts soaring vocals, orgasmic guitars, sexy sax solos, banging Ska beats and chunky basslines.
Their debut 4 track EP BUY ONE GET ONE FREE , (7/10 Rock Sound) released through Evil Uncle Records and was both a celebration of the band s sound, and a critique on the branded, monitored world we live in. Songs such as the title track and End Em All denounce the advertising world for persuading their customers that their life is not complete without cheaper car insurance or that extra blade on their razor. Artwork was provided by Linda Joy of cult contemporary British arthouse La Boca (Muse, SMD).
In July/August 2010 Popes of Chillitown will tour the UK with Truebeat, so expect them at a sweaty venue near you soon. They are also currently recording tracks for their debut album and a high production promo video for lead track I See Dub People , produced by Sentinel Productions is scheduled to be filmed in March 2010.
For a taster of new tracks such as Terrible Host and I See Dub People, and all live dates, check out the band s site: www.myspace.com/popesofchillitown