Following the release of their new EP Glow, we caught up with Chapter And Verse’s Jonny Hopwood to reflect on what has been a busy period for this rising London outfit.
Congratulations on smashing the recent tour with Emarosa AND the release of Glow! How have these past couple of weeks treated you?
Dreamy! The tour with Emarosa and Sun Arcana was insane. The best time. And the response to the release of our Glow EP has been genuinely heart-warming. We’re made up!
Introduce us to Chapter And Verse. How did you guys start out?
Josh, Darren & Jonny met at Uni and were involved in previous projects. On graduating, we decided to have a bit of a reshuffle, so we could really focus our efforts on moving forward as the band we wanted to be. We went internet shopping for Ashley and here we are. We still have the receipt for Ashley – so it is still possible to return him!
Thematically, what are the ideologies behind your craft – would you say that you have a story to tell?
We like to promote an ideology of self-love, in the hope that, whilst the world is seemingly becoming an increasingly darker place, begin by illuminating your own corner of the world – in the hope that that radiates outwards. This is very much the message the Glow EP carries.
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
We have a freeing creative process, whereby we take inspiration from whatever we believe to be honest and organic rather than trying to adhere to certain rules and crowbarring together our tunes. This is how we achieve the variety and diversity across our records.
What makes Chapter And Verse different? Why should people listen to you?
People should listen to us on the chance they find something valuable within our music which they can take solace in.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Sit them down and force them to listen to the whole back catalogue 🙂
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Playing 2000 Trees Main Stage last summer was certainly a thrill!
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We had all our gear stolen after a London show a few years ago. It was devastating. Luckily, the community surrounding us came to our rescue and helped us raise enough money to buy back our equipment and continue with the rest of the year’s shows!!
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
2019 is very exciting. New music, lots of touring, Keep eyes fixed!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Simply as the band who put a smile on the face of everyone we met.