This is an archive of the band profile for The Chevin.
The Chevin is a Leeds, England, based indie rock band formed in 2010. The band is composed of four childhood friends, Coyle Girelli (lead vocals and guitars), Mat Steel (guitars and keyboards), Jon Langford (bass guitar) and Mal Taylor (drums.) The band gets their name from The Chevin, a ridge overlooking their home town of Otley, West Yorkshire. They are signed to SO Recordings.
Singer and songwriter Coyle Girelli and guitarist Mat Steel have been playing music together since the age of 12 years old. All four band members met in school while growing up in the small West Yorkshire town of Otley.
Champion EP (2011 - 2012)
The Chevin's debut 5 Song EP was released on 31 October 2011 on Fierce Panda Records. The lead track "Champion" was play listed at XFM London, XFM Manchester, BBC 6 Music, and was supported by many UK DJs including Steve Lamacq.
Notorious music critic Neil McCormick of The Telegraph wrote "It's old-fashioned, OTT and big enough to crush all resistance."
In November, 2011, The Chevin supported the UK Tour for The Airborne Toxic Event. At the sold out Shepherds Bush Empire show, So Recordings owner and president saw the band perform. The band signed to So Recordings weeks later.
The Chevin supported The Pigeon Detectives during the second half of November across Europe. In December the band supported White Lies, ending the tour at Wembley Arena.
UK Magazine Artrocker nominated The Chevin as one of the Best New Bands of 2011.
Borderland (2012 - Present)
in 2011 The Chevin moved to Sonic Ranch, a recording studio complex a few hours south of El Paso in west Texas, USA. For three weeks, The Chevin recorded and mixed their debut album "Borderland" with producer Noah Shain.
The Chevin debuted in America at the 2012 SXSW Music Festival, in Austin, Texas.
In May 2012, The Chevin performed at Live at Leeds, Camden Crawl Festival and The Great Escape Festival, while ending the month supporting European dates for Franz Ferdinand.
The band's debut single on So Recordings, "Drive" was released on 28 May. Major support from UK Radio continued along with stadium play around the country during football and rugby matches.
The Chevin's second single "Blue Eyes" was released on 23 July and garnered surprising support from BBC Radio 2. The band were guests on Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show. The Blue Eyes video featured many shots of band's home town of Otley.
On 23 August The Sun (United Kingdom) premiered the brand new video for "Champion." They wrote "Boasting brooding verses, anthemic choruses and plenty of synthesizer, The Chevin bear more than a passing resemblance to US giants The Killers."
So Recordings released "The Champion EP" on 28 August in the US.
South Africa's largest national rock radio station 5FM play listed "Champion."
On 29 August 2012, The Chevin made their US Television debut performing their new single "Champion" on the Late Show with David Letterman. First Lady Michelle Obama was the other guest on the show.
The Chevin released their debut album Borderland in the US on September 25th, 2012 and then two days later performed "Champion" on Conan.
iTunes celebrated the release of the album by making "Champion" the US iTunes Store "Single Of The Week" where it received over 1/4 of a million downloads in just one week.
"Champion" is featured on the football simulation game, FIFA 13's soundtrack..