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I have to tell you a story.  I know I’ve shared this story many times and I’ll probably share it again, but it was such a surreal experience that it has to be told (again).  About a year ago, I went to a Lord Huron concert.  Arriving twenty minutes late and fearing that I missed the main act (as the tickets stated he went on first) I slumped into the crowd as this band Champs began to set up on stage.  My initial disappointment melted away as soon as they began to play.  Gentle blue light surrounded shown onto the small band as they crooned in a beautiful mix of ancient folk harmonies and indie rock.  Every song stunned me and I was literally breathless as they performed “Too Bright To Shine” and I was almost sad when they left so that the band I came to see could get on stage.  Now a year has passed and the songs I heard on that wonderful night are finally finally available as the incredible Down Like Gold LP.  “Pretty Much (Since Last November)” sounds like an old folk ballad turned modern love song.  “My Spirit is Broken” is a hard hitting jam which demonstrates how diverse and dramatic this band can get.  Although a bit lo-fi, From the breathtaking beginning to the heart-wrenching closer, “White Satellite,” the album approaches rock from an angle you’ve never heard, something both young and old, refreshing yet familiar.  On the heels of the new album, Champs have released a new music video for “St. Peter’s” the one single out at the time of the concert, which satiated my thirst for more over this past year.  The jangling folk-rock tune features a snowy background and a man on the run, perhaps from himself.  There’s a little twist in the video, but I’ll leave it to you to find out what it is.  Check out the video below and give the album a listen, it’s more then worth it.

M. Kauf

Champs – St. Peter’s

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Champs st. peters

Tuesday evening, I finally attended my first concert in Paris at La Flèche D’Or, a beautiful (both acoustically and visually) old train station in Gambetta.  My goal was to see Lord Huron perform, but one of the opening acts surprised me and came close to surpassing even Lord Huron’s performance.  That band was called Champs (not to be confused with The Champs of old).  After the concert I spent several hours searching for music by the band, but all I found were obscure references to their music and talk of a possible EP in the future.  Eventually I found that they have only released one single called “St. Peters” which was their closing song at the concert.  It’s a great example of Champs’ use of heavy rock combined with the soft pop harmonies reminiscent of early 60s pop-rock staples like The Hollies.  It’s this unique blend of bright pop with dark undertones which left me in awe during their show, at times literally breathless as stage lights cascaded off the band.  Below is a sample of the magic that is Champs, hopefully we’ll get some more releases in the near future.

-M. Kauf


Champs – St. Peters

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