They began playing as a group in 2010 after Darryl Ebbatson and Chris Cooper released Chris’s first studio album ‘Harbour’ the same year and the accompanying tour with Simon Barley adding to the sound on keyboards received good responses from several radio and media outlets including BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Introducing, Kawshaw Radio and St. Heliers Music Crowns London.
Having covered most of the UK in 2010/11 the band returned to their hometown to begin work on their follow-up album ‘Kings of Contradiction’ which would see them expand the sound and as a result, add new members, Gav McArthur, Jack Spence and latterly Phill Vernon to the touring lineup.
The addition of new blood and the evolution of the band sound brought with it interesting developments as the guys continue to play melodic folk rock but mixing in elements of the harder Indie-influenced driving chords and adding a pinch of Americana to the pot. A wide array of influences give opportunities to explore musical directions and not be limited to genre specifics, making them sound like no other British band around now.
Receiving praise for their efforts wherever they play, the band have appeared far and wide including Sheffield City Hall, Tramlines Festival , Sheftival, Doncaster Live, C-Fab Festival, Humber Street Festival, Trinity Festival, The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe and Oscars Bar, Hull.
In support of their album ‘Kings of Contradiction’ the band completed a tour including headlining the Country Stage at the eclectic C-Fab Festival in May 2014, several dates in France as well as other dates in Driffield, Peterborough and Grimsthorpe Festival in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
The band took a break from touring in 2015 to work on material for a new album but still found time for a few live dates including a set at Sheffield City Hall as part of the prestigious Tramlines event and a few acoustic sets featuring Chris Cooper and Darryl Ebbatson.
With a sets worth of brand new songs in the bag the band have undertaken some low-key acoustic gigs including the ‘Northern Sky’ acoustic festival on the bill with Richard Hawley in September and support for Andy White in December 2016 to introduce these new tracks before a more extensive tour throughout 2017 with the addition of Chris Logan on loan from Ramble Gamble on double bass to coincide with the release of their new album ‘The Glorious Sins’ in late 2018.
A new single ’13’ was dropped on an unsuspecting audience at the beginning of June and this track from the forthcoming album ‘The Glorious Sins’ is available as a free download from our shop!
ChrisCooperBand also played the wonderful Festival8 for the 3rd time this year as they once again performed on the Main Stage, this time on the Saturday afternoon. With a wonderful time at Scunthorpe Arts Festival and a magnificent appearance at Folk Night Live in early August, 2018 is turning out quite nice again!
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“90 minutes of uplifting electric indie/folk and a bucket-load of catchy hook lines and singalong lyrics.”
– Scunthorpe Entertainer
“Aspirational songwriting, a gentle blend of driving chords and heartfelt, woeful lyrics, reminding us what it really is to live”
– C Fab Festival 2014
“Mixing electric with acoustic instruments and a strong defining drum beat along with the complimentary keyboard to back up to create its indie with a folk twist, the songs are up beat, memorable and a lot of their tunes you just can’t stop singing in your head.”
– Backseat Mafia Magazine
“Great band, cant wait to have them back on the show”
– The Friday Show, Estuary TV
“A band to watch out for in the coming year…”
– James Hoggarth BBC Radio
“We love this band, well produced and well played. Keep it up guys…”
– Alan Raw BBC Radio
“We love this track, awesome stuff from a promising northern band…”
– Kawshaw Radio Manchester
“melodic, catchy, fun, listen…”
– Music Crowns
“Fresh, fun and catchy…”
– Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“Proving original music still has a home in Lincolnshire…”