It’s hard to believe the superb ‘St.Peters’ was the very first single from this band, folk-pop duo Champs and it was a demo version of it that got them noticed. It's already popular on online music playlists.
They have a polished, tight sound and there’s a feeling that these two are old souls who’ve been here before. Champs are in fact two brothers Michael and David Champion from the Isle of Wight, UK. They each played in separate bands before deciding they were better off together. A fortuitous discovery of their demo tape by the rather fetching radio DJ Dermot O’Leary led to a live radio session, a recording of their debut album Down Like Gold
and a signing with PIAS Records.
The brothers themselves describe their music as ‘melancholic’ and ‘acoustic’. They predominately sing about girls and romances gone awry. ‘Savanah’ is the most upbeat and energetic track and also the band’s single release for Christmas. On this song Champs sing of being figuratively engulfed in a romance; “I’ve never ever seen waves like yours before”. Like most of the songs on the album the uptempo breezy tone masks the sorrow and misery of the subject matter. They may be wretched and downbeat but they’re sure as heck happy to get on with things.
Check out ‘Savanah’ the new single and official video, due for official release on December 23rd. The band have a lot to look forward to in 2014, as well as the February release of the album they will be hitting venues around Ireland and the UK on their first nationwide tour.