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The Chapters
The Chapters

Download Single Out July 24th '09 on 3u Records; Available on iTunes

From the Acclaimed Debut Album "PERFECT STRANGER"; also features the single "VIDEOTAPES" ~ ~

Dublin Five Piece The Chapters release the second offering from their critically acclaimed debut album Perfect Stranger when download only single Trying to get Ahead goes live on Friday July 24th.

Having just rocked the Hotpress New Band Stage at Oxegen despite going head to head with Razorlight, Janes Addiction and the only good weather of the weekend, The Chapters have a busy summer ahead of them.

They will be playing live as part of Irish Rails 25th anniversary of the Dart Celebrations with an eclectic show on the Dart on July 23rd.

Following this, The Chapters will support Ocean Colour Scene at INDIEPENDENCE before making a guest appearance at Castlepalooza the same weekend.

September sees the boys celebrate the day that the black was first brewed as they play a special guest appearance at the Arthurs Day celebrations in Dublin.

Debut Single Videotapes received nationwide airplay with Today FM's Tony Fenton stating that The Chapters are "gonna be huge" - who are we to argue!

Trying to get Ahead is released on July 24th on 3ú Records and is available from all good download sites!

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The Chapters are: Ross McNally, Simon Eustace, Turlough Gunawardhana, Michael Murphy and Ciaran Fortune.

The Chapters have been building to the release of their debut album for some time - since they formed in college in 2004. It is the culmination of years of passion and hard work. It nearly didn't happen.

In 2008 the band gigged to large crowds nationwide supporting Neil Young, Cathy Davey, Chuck Berry & The Coronas to name but a few. On the back of interest in Looking for Love (the single released in 2007) the band entered into negotiations with a promising new company. The promise was short lived. Demos were recorded, producers contacted and meetings were had. By summer a deal was on the cards. While waiting for things to be ironed out the band decamped to disused factory, where they renovated a large bright rehearsal space. The core of the album was written, the songs were getting better and better. Confidence was high and everything was looking up. Then in September the bottom fell out. The banking crisis hit and within a few weeks the label's backers pulled out and it was dissolved. The band were heartbroken. A year's planning, writing were dashed in a puff of smoke. Morale was low, coming into December doom and gloom was everywhere you looked. It would have been an easy time to throw in the towel.

But, as fate or luck would have it, within a week the band were offered another deal, this time with 3u Records. They were passionate about the music and wanted to see it released. Within two months, a renewed
determination and sense of hope, they were in the studio, putting down the album with up-and-coming Irish producer Ciaran Bradshaw (Muse, Dark Room Notes.) The result is the debut album: Perfect Stranger. It is the sound of old friends at a celebration. Rumours era Fleetwood Mac singing at a party hosted by Talking Heads, gatecrashed by The Cars, throw in a bit of Phoenix and a wink to The Band and you have the idea. Perfect Stranger is released on June 5th on 3u Records. Video Tapes, the first single from the album is released on May 1st.


The Chapters have been tipped for a while as the hottest up and coming act in Ireland and with the release of Perfect Stranger, this looks soon to become a reality.

What the media said...

"These Guys are gonna be big"- Tony Fenton - Today FM

"Irresistibly catchy"- Colm O'Hare - Hot Press Magazine

"Traversing timelines to be modern without trying to be hip, trendy or cool" - Jennie Mulligan -

"Impossibly catchy"- CD of The Week - Una Mullally - Sunday Tribune

"Enormously Ambitious" - The Metro

"A little ray of hope that there is a future for Irish music" - The Galway Advertiser

"Seal of Approval"- Jim Jim Nugent 'Colm and Jim-Jim Breakfast Show' - RTE 2fm

"The Chapters find themselves nicely positioned somewhere between Smog and Talking Heads, a rug-cutting piece of funk-punk." 4 out 5 Kevin Courtney The Irish Times Review For Looking For Love ' 07

"The next big thing in 2009" ~ Claire Connellan, Dublin's 98FM

"S**T HOT!" ~ Sinister Pete, Phantom FM.

"Something of a best kept secret. They could be your new favorite band, just give them a try." ~ Gareth Maher, Totally Dublin

"On the subject of great records by Irish bands, watch out for the new EP by The Chapters. It's one of the best things to come out of Ireland in years, with four great songs that set the bar higher than it's been in a long time for local outfits. A message to A&R guys: someone should sign 'em up quick' cos they have what it takes for the long haul." Niall Stokes, Hotpress Review for 'Four Thorns


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