The band comprises of Matthew Chipchase (vocals & acoustic), Luke Evans (drums), Mark Evans (electric guitar), Andrew Parmley (electric guitar) and Chris Parmley (bass). Former members include David Coombe (harmonica) and Patrick Jordan (electric guitar).They have been classed as ”life affirming graft rock” by the NME. They take inspiration from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Dire Straits and The Pogues.
The band met after an impromptu gig at Stockton KuBar and Young Rebel Set came to fruition in the winter of the same year. They signed to Ignition Records, home of music heavyweights Oasis on 11th February 2011following several self-released singles. They toured the UK in 2008 and 2009, including slots supporting The Coral, The Pigeon Detectives and The Courteeners.
In August 2009 they were championed by the NME as “the perfect antidote to cold careerist indie” in a two-page spread in the magazine’s RADAR feature, shortly before the release of their debut single ‘If I Was’.The second single ‘Walk On’ followed in November. It received support on BBC Radio 1 via DJs Annie Mac and Huw Stephens. The band toured the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Holland in February and March 2010.
Their 4th release was the “Won’t Get Up Again” EP which was released in May 2010.‘Measure of a Man’ followed in October 2010 and featured ‘This is England’s’ Jo Hartly in the accompanying music video. Their debut album “Curse Our Love” was released by Ignition Records in the UK in April 2011 and by Independent record label Grand Hotel van Cleef in Germany in May 2011.
In May 2011 the band recorded an interview session with Dermot O’Leary for BBC Radio 2, followed by airplay of their single “Lions Mouth” which succeeded the album release. During this time the band also recorded a live Maida Vale session for Steve Lamacq’s 6music show. “Red Bricks”, the final single to be taken from the album was released in August 2011.
‘Crocodile’, the band’s second album, was recorded in Glasgow at Chem19 Studios with producer (and former Delgado’s drummer) Paul Savage, best known for his work with Mogwai, The Phantom Band & Arab Strap, in early 2013.They spent most of the autumn/winter promoting the album in Germany, where it was released by Grand Hotel Van Cleef. They played a homecoming gig to more than 600 fans at Middlesbrough Town Hall in December 2013
The second single to be taken from the album was ‘Tuned Transmission’ and was released in March 2014.
In November 2013 the band announced they will tour the UK in February and headline the Stockton Calling Festival on 30th March.