CHAMPION LOVER from Toronto in Canada is the alt-indie quartet of Edward, James, William and Erik.

CHAMPION LOVER - alt -indie from Canada


Before heading off to ramble about CHAMPION LOVER, those of you who read the Facebook page may recall a post I made a while ago about how surprised I was that despite many thousands of bands being reviewed over the past almost five years there has never been a duplicate band name. This is the nearest I have come as only a space differentiates between the English band ChampionLover and these guys, but I digress…. CHAMPION LOVER

The sounds seem to be wrestling to get back into the speakers like a Jehovah Witness knocking on the door discovering an orgy going on inside, as the bass implodes upon itself, before finally giving up the fight and donning a gimp mask to join in with the party. The full value of CHAMPION LOVER lays in the underbelly which they expose in a darkened drone that takes over the room in a shroud of reverb which thumps off the walls like clods of sodden turf.

This is music that requires the speakers to be turned up to full volume as the mind immerses itself in the waves of understated distorted phrases which dissipate before the brain can fully ingest the flowing compositions. There is a wandering psychedelic tincture to the sound to which the brain locks, giving it a trippy feel without the ensuing headache.

A début ten track eponymous LP is set for release digitally on the 20th, followed by a must have Vinyl on the 18th of July.


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Championlover from Manchester is England is the industrial drone out-fit of Morkel (Keys / MiniDrum), Wraith (Bass), Toilet (Guitar  / Vocals), Blud (Saxophone / Vocals) and Rinky (Drums).

Championlover - Industrial drone from England


Underlying references to a diversity of musical styles forms an intriguing backbone to Championlover. It is all subsumed under a relentless grazing electronic hum, no that isn’t your speakers on the way out and this gives for an enthralling ride. The inflections of the instrumentation and electronics gives the out-put a somewhat experimental air, however underscoring the directions of travel are structured compositions.

Having had the opportunity to listen to their various previous releases and the release set for the 28th November – the nine track Makeout, I found myself identifying baseline material ranging from latin dance, through reggae, raga, the souks, jazz funk and much more.

It is this eclectic diversity which enables Championlover to provide a fascinating tour for the listener as the ever present current of electronic distortion weaves its way through tracks of equally diverse length. Nominally there are two vocalists, these voices are however also subsumed in echo and effect adding to the absorbing dissonance.

There is a strange comfort to be found in the warming spectacle of wasteland that Championlover portray and it is with some pleasure I introduce the quintet.


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