Auction For The Promise Club

Female fronted pop/rock/indie from Cornwall

Zoe, of Auction For The Promise Club.  From their Facebook

Zoe, of Auction For The Promise Club.
From their Facebook

It’s about time I wrote something about this band. I can’t even remember when I first heard of them. It could have been via XRP radio, or it could easily have been John Forster. It is even possible that I noticed them playing locally and found out some more off my own bat.
Either way, I didn’t take it any further. I was just sitting here thinking “what shall I write about next” and something popped up about them on Facebook.

Here’s a track from their Soundcloud profile to be listening to.

Auction For The Promise Club are

  • Zoe White Chambers – Vocals, Guitar
  • Perran Tremewan – Guitars, Keys
  • Toby White Chambers – Drums

Auction_for_the_Promise_CluThis girl, Zoe White Chambers, has a voice that sounds fragile; brittle almost; like fine porcelain. Yet the fragility is illusory.
It’s like the audio equivalent of watching a beautiful girl on a high wire; a girl who is, inwardly, completely in control, but gives the audience the impression of uncertainty. You watch with your breath held as she teeters across the void, ready to rush out in a futile attempt to catch her should she fall.

The band played at the Olympic park at the London 2012 games. They were even asked to busk between shows.

The band played at the Olympic park at the London 2012 games.
They were even asked to busk between shows.

Peran Tremewan (what a beautifully Cornish name) takes on guitar and keyboard duties and does so admirably well. Speaking as a singer myself, I will always tell people to respect the musicians in the band. Zoe of course plays guitar as well, but that does not change the importance of each and every member of the band.

Which brings me to Toby White Chambers who’s powerful drumming helps keep this from being bubblegum pop and drives it into the realms of post punk or indie rock.

There is a “show tunes” quality about some of the tracks with, for example, a very slow and haunting introduction to the song “If” with a tinkling piano evoking musical icicles, and even a string section coming in before the uptempo song “proper” comes in at about one minute.

Here it is so you can hear what I mean.

This is from their official Youtube channel which, I am pleased to see, they have monetised. (I don’t think the ads show up on embedded versions though)

AFTPC are regulars at big festivals and also produce some superb quality publicity shots.

AFTPC are regulars at big festivals and also produce some superb quality publicity shots.

The band have been widely critically acclaimed by many before me, and they tour nationwide. The recording they did at Abbey Road studios strongly suggests that this is a band that means business, and is going places. I certainly hope so because I would like to be playing their number 1 hit single on my radio show, and be able to say that I played them before they were really famous.

Comparisons to Florence and the Machine lead me to hope, fervently, that Zoe resists any urge to over-engineer here voice. I frankly dislike Florence Welch’s voice because there is so much reverb and echo on it that I have no idea what she really sounds like.

I would also suggest there is a certain similarity between AFTPC and Kitty and the Lost Boys, and I can’t help thinking of “Duel” by Propaganda. These are not influences (as far as I know) but merely things that I am reminded of when listening to this band.

The band themselves mention Placebo, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Nick Cave & The Badseeds, Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors, The Editors, Portishead, My Bloody Valentine, The Slits which is a very respectable cross section of musical guiding sources.

Auction For The Promise Club official website

They are playing near me at the Palladium Bideford on Sept 13th and I am sorely tempted to go, if I can justify the expenditure at the moment.

 

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