Celebrating the release of their new album Digital Technology on Staatsakt, The Chap will play a live concert at Berghains Kantine this month.
In the near future, when algorithms have feelings, they will write all our music. When they try to write pop music that sounds like it was made by talented Europeans in 2018, it might sound something like Digital Technology, the seventh full-length album by The Chap, recorded and produced by the band in London and Berlin over the past three years.
Following 2015’s The Show Must Go – The Chap’s foray into the world of the political rock song – Digital Technology is arguably the band’s most beautiful album to date, exploring abysses both personal and de-personalised, looking inward or into vast open space rather than onto a concrete political arena. Closing track Don’t say it like that, repeating its title phrase over and over while a techno beat pounds and easy synth arpeggios dissolve into sad ambience, could be viewed from different perspectives: a couple arguing, a parent reprimanding a child, a social media comment on hate speech. Bring your dolphin, on the other hand, is a mildly surreal and melancholy pop song about dolphins, romance and world-weariness, yet the band insist it contains a death penalty reference.
The Chap LIVE
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin
Photo © Socrates Mitsios