Nub Music are proud to be working with reknown hit makers Chris Pope and The Chords UK - their new single from the acclaimed "Take On Life' album has a raw, vibrancy which creates ripples into the past but simultaneously sounds absolutely current. 'Heart Of The Matter''s driving guitar riffs coupled with Chris' biting lyrics and typically charismatic vocals bring a skilfully constructed song structure to emblazoned life:
"...reflective of the consistent and effective play of anthem styled songwriting across the album. 'Heart of the Matter' is a highlight...' Tony Beesley VLR
“Considering how big a shadow Mod still casts around the world, it amazes me that Chris Pope with his punk spirit and pop sensibilities isn’t a bigger name”
‘The Chords deserve their place in British music history and if the current line up gains new fans with this album which in turn will guide them to the back catalogue, then the band and it’s members past and present will be remembered and appreciated for what they have achieved.”
One of his generation’s most gifted songsmiths, Chris Pope was only 18 when his band, late-70s mod revivalists The Chords, cracked the Top 40 with their storming second single Maybe Tomorrow and lone LP So Far Away. However, despite further great 45s such as Something’s Missing and One More Minute, The Chords were unfairly straitjacketed by mod and they split prematurely in 1981.
Pope promptly disappeared off the map before eventually returning to issue three acclaimed LPs under his own name in recent years including 2014’s sprightly Peace Of Mind. Pope’s latest, Take On Life, finds him fronting an all-new and powerfully versatile Chords UK line-up. Another must-have release, it’s a record which builds bridges with Pope’s past as it includes freshly-minted versions of Home Sweet Home and the impassioned Burning All Around: originally demoed for The Chords’ mooted, but unrecorded second LP.
The Chords originally formed in 1978, inspired by both the energy of Punk and Sixties bands like The Who and The Kinks. In a perfect world, the fact that they wrote and played great songs would have been all that mattered, but the late Seventies was a period of exaggerated tribalism within youth culture. The Chords were embraced by the Mod Revival which flourished following the success of The Jam and the popularity of the film ‘Quadrophenia’, which was also released around the same time as The Chords’ first singles. But although they were certainly one of the most popular bands of the era, they were never restricted to that genre and the quality of their songs would surely have seen them achieve success regardless of whether the Mod Revival had ever happened. Indeed, in many ways, it did them no favours in the long run. The music press, true to its’ two-faced nature, built-up the Mod Revival only to suddenly dismiss it in favour of the Two Tone bands. After having received ‘Single of the Week’ accolades in more than one of the weekly music papers, The Chords lost their support and were left to fend for themselves, despite their music retaining high standards as it developed.
Although they originally split-up in 1981, the band left behind a solid musical legacy and in songs like ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and ‘Something’s Missing’, they produced classics that are still enjoyed and respected by old and new fans alike. Their occasional reunions are always enthusiastically attended and nowadays their fans are far more interested in the songs rather than the labels. They can play alongside Punk, Mod or Britpop bands and they always raise the roof for the simple fact that they’re a bloody great band.
Original guitarist and main songwriter Chris Pope has been the most consistently active band member since those early days. After the band split-up, he formed a new band called Agent Orange that built a strong reputation for themselves around London even though they released no records. Following that, he was a part of another band, ‘Gatecrash Heaven’, who spent time based in New York. He eventually returned to his roots and, alongside The Chords drummer, Brett Ascott, began playing under the name ‘Pope’, eventually releasing three albums of new material.