New York-based band Chapell have unveiled their new song “On The Rooftop” today. The song assumes the perspective of “a notorious enclave of NYC musicians and artists in the seventies” hosting a lawless, lusty, and lively dance party soundtracked by a danceable groove, shakers, and hummable riffing. “On The Rooftop” is from the band’s new album CINCO, out on April 24th.
Speaking on what inspired “On The Rooftop,” Chapell said, “NYC has not always been kind to its artists and musicians. There’s almost always been a sort of tension between polite society of New York and it’s bohemian underbelly. Up until recently, the cabaret laws in place since the prohibition era often made it difficult to find a place for young people to hang out, make music and dance. Venues like CBGB’s and the Ear Inn were wonderful, but also somewhat limited by rules imposed by those liquor laws. Until one group of musicians in the 1970’s started throwing a series of now infamous rooftop parties throughout Soho and the West Village. This song is about that group and the movement they led.”
Chapell recently released his songs “Shout,” the lead single, and “All I Need” from CINCO. Musically, CINCO builds upon Alan’s lifetime devoted to music, dating back to his first sessions in the studio alongside Grammy award-winning producer Jimmy Ienner at 15-years-old and his twenties spent in India fronting the iconic east-west fusion band Kalki. Chapell’s latest album is a bit of a departure from the intense autobiographic nature of previous releases. CINCO is more of a collection of anecdotes about others. Delivering an identifiable and irresistible narrative pastiche, the album gives a voice to the stories of those closest to Chapell.
Led by its enigmatic frontman, the band Chapell recounts real and raw stories throughout a prolific catalog of genre-agnostic pop amplified by rock energy, jazz soul, new wave adventurousness, Americana vulnerability, and even Latin flavor. In 2017, the band released The Redhead’s Allegations, produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, followed by the albums Soul Man, Love in the Summer of Trouble, and 2019’s Penultimate, which all have added to the band’s over 1 million streams.
Stay tuned for the latest from Chapell.