Live Review: Chappaqua Wrestling + Supports @ Rialto Theatre, Brighton (19/1/19)

After being included in Radio X "Great X-pectations of 2019", Chappaqua Wrestling were playing their first headline show at the Rialto Theatre in their hometown Brighton.

The crowd arrived early for this one, with even the first band Superegos having a reasonable turn out. Having supported the likes of Black Honey, The Big Moon and Pale Waves in the past, this was a big opening set and you could see instantly why the crowd had turned up to see them. Their sound is made up of grungy guitar riffs and hazy vocals, and it was the perfect opening band for the night, getting the audience dancing almost instantly, with Black Honey's Izzy dancing along at the front.

Cam Potts (Superego)
Cam Potts (Superego)

Next on were Brighton six-piece, Opus Kink. Changing the sound up from Superego, Opus Kink delivered groovy baselines with jazz and punk undertones. There is no other way to describe Opus Kink's set than a musical experience, with it being like nothing else I have ever heard. Our personal favourites from their set included 'I Am A Man' and 'Doin' it myself', both of which have been released on their live EP.

It was then time for the highly anticipated Chappaqua Wrestling. By now the room had packed out, and you could see the band were a little overwhelmed with the numbers that had come out to see them. They said the last time they played at the Rialto Theatre they performed to 4 people, so this was definitely a big difference from that night. Starting with the unreleased 'Football', you could tell the band absolutely love playing live and hearing unreleased music makes us very excited for their future. Their melodic sound coming from their acoustic guitar mixed with the slight electronic feel was sounding fresh and well practiced, whilst the chemistry the boys had helped create an incredible atmosphere throughout their set. They finished with their latest single 'Plant Trees', which was an incredible end to the night.

I had never seen Chappaqua Wrestling before this show, but I could see exactly why people have predicted big things from the Brighton band. Their sound is performed flawlessly, their music is distinctive and their show is second to none. You can catch them at this year's Great Escape Festival, and I am sure it will not be long until they are going out on their own UK headline tour.

Jake Mac (Chappaqua Wrestling)

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