Brighton has produced a host of promising indie artists lately - several of which are bound for massive success. Although they've moved away now, Manchester certainly hasn’t taken the beach vibes out of Chappaqua Wrestling's Charlie Woods and Jake Mac.
The duo have caught the attention of many since their fairly recent formation, and there’s no mystery as to why. Pulling inspiration from artists like Steely Dan, Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub, Chappaqua Wrestling are able to blend elements of indie rock and americana with atmospheric, electronic undertones in a way that feels familiar, but remains as unique as it sounds.
Chappaqua Wrestling drove themselves onto indie fans’ radars in October of 2017 with the release of their first EP, a four-track gem that balances electronic and acoustic elements, with swooning vocals and harmonies that make it difficult to pause. The two have been touring the UK and expanding their fanbase rapidly, supporting acts like The Night Cafe and Husky Loops. Since their debut EP, Chappaqua Wrestling have put out a single titled “Plant Trees”, another loveable tune with masterful acoustic guitar solos and brooding lyrics about a confusing relationship.
With such a distinct sound, effortless musicianship and impressive live performances, I can’t wait to see what they do next.
You can (and should) catch Chappaqua Wrestling around the UK for the next couple weeks, and back in London for The Great Escape’s First Fifty on 29 November.
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