Competent debut from the Glasgow-based Americana outfit
Following on from the release of their EP, INTRODUCING THE CHAPLINS and opening for Runrig on their 2012 tour, The Chaplins have come up with a listenable debut album. Jill Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin), Lisa Tring (drums) and latest acquisition Johnny MacKinnon (keyboards, accordion) are gaining momentum as a live act and have attracted significant media attention.
Their music slots pretty firmly into the Americana category although they diversify with a touch of Charleston (Hasty), western swing (Here Comes Trouble) and a great ballad Whiskey Is My Old Friend. The highlight for me was the title track The Circus with its atmospheric and hypnotic backing.
Much of their music was inspired by the girls’ trip from New York to New Orleans
and this comes over strongly on the album and particularly on Outlaws, where the band are ‘wanted in every state’ but ‘if they make it to Mexico, they’ll be okay’. Whilst the band is clearly a popular and entertaining live act in the Glasgow area, whether they can make it commercially on the national stage remains to be seen. John Roffey
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