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Hailing from the shores of the North East coast, Cape Cub started out as the solo project of award-winning songwriter and producer Chad Male. Now joined by four bandmates, Cape Cub release their first full band single 'Moonglow' on Friday 13th July 2018.
"This was never meant to be one person" explained Chad. "The whole thing started out as a project on my laptop. It’s now got to a crazy point where millions have people have listened to my demos and EPs across the world and the live show has grown into something I just couldn’t have imagined back when it first started. Our fans are literally the sweetest people, there’s a lot of them kicking about these days, and it’s because of them that this project has transformed into what it is. Like I said, this was never meant to be, or be about, one person.
"Musically, and I swear this is without immodesty, we take our cues from the arenas. We’re unashamed of saying some of our biggest influences are the ones we grew up listening to like The Killers, U2, Springsteen, The Eagles, Kate Bush, Death Cab For Cutie and The Cure. Those are the acts that aren’t scared of having that fire in their hearts. We’re equally informed by the intimate, hauntingly beautiful melodies and prose of the likes of Joni Mitchell and even Bon Iver, too."
After initially gaining a wave of attention and topping the HypeMachine chart with ‘Swim’ in 2015, Cape Cub released the ‘Closer’ and ‘6am’ EPs in 2016 as an introduction to his heartfelt and grippingly spacious sound.
Where the 'Closer' EP drew upon Chad's attachment to the stunning landscape and industrial decline around his home in the remote coastal village Marske-by-the-Sea, '6am' absorbed more human themes: growing up and moving on, fighting the loss of youthful optimism, pursuing long-term ambitions, all whilst trying to maintain vital friendships and family ties.
“Every one of my songs is honest, and I’m prescribed to the notion that you need to write from a real place or what’s the point?” explained Chad.
A trio of singles for LAB Records followed in 2017 and 2018 kicked off with a bang after previous release 'Keep Me In Mind' was synched on ABC shows Grey's Anatomy and Deception.
With national radio plays from Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy on Radio X already under their belt, as well as extensive support from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, it should come as no surprise to hear that Cape Cub have picked up millions of Spotify streams and lots of love from Apple Music.
Building on supports with the likes of Fickle Friends, Picture This, Sunset Sons and Clean Cut Kid, the latest raft of Cape Cub headline shows have been nothing short of euphoric.
Chad said, “The last few shows have been an absolute dream. No one can tell you how it feels to have your songs sung back at you like that. We can’t wait to get back in the van and play our music for you all.”