Chappaqua Wrestling (Charlie Woods – Vocals, guitar; Jake Mac – Vocals, guitar; John-Paul Townsend – Drums; Coco Varda – Keys, percussion) have not only released brand new single ‘Wide Asleep’ today, but have also revealed that their eagerly-anticipated debut LP, ‘Plus Ultra’ will be available on 14th April via EMI.
The band’s latest release targets social media head-on, and comes on the back of recent album harbingers ‘Full Round Table’ and ‘Wayfinding’, both of which found a way to skewer inaction from the powers that be while forging a path towards positivity; both of which garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, MTV, NME, Soccer AM, FIFA 23 and many more.
Elaborating on the themes addressed in the new single, the band said: “Wide Asleep is a complaint to ourselves for being consumed by the echo chamber of social media. Our mobile phones are the portal which lead us to misread and miscommunicate stories and topics, often leaving us more confused than we were in the first place. Wading through muddled points of view, mistargeted ads, senseless airtime of the Royal family, weddings of friends you’d rather forget, addictively numbing reels, leaving us blinded by a little hand-sized screen. It makes us detached and unmoved by anything, all whilst being asleep to the world around us. Hopefully, our preaching will teach us something ourselves as we try to focus on the present.”
Opening up on the underlying themes in the imminent album, the band added: “Plus Ultra documents the journey through our friendship, from school to where we now find ourselves commenting on what is around us. Roughly translating to ‘Nothing Lies Beyond’, a Latin naval term adopted by those exploring uncharted waters, we present a collection of our best works to date, each lyrically distinct but venturing into new territories that life presents; mass media, Tory austerity, mental health, homelessness, the deprived NHS and the release that music gives you from it all. Come with us to make sense of what lies beyond in this world through questions, power and statements that we stand by.”
You can listen to ‘Wide Asleep’ on streaming platforms here now and the album is also available for pre-order here. You can also enjoy the ‘Wide Asleep’ music video below as soon as it goes live at 18:00 GMT today.
Having completely sold out their first UK headline tour last October, Chappaqua Wrestling have also announced their latest run of dates which are listed below. Tickets go on sale at 9:00 GMT on 10th Feb 2023 via chappaquawrestling.com.
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