I'm No Chessman

Just when you thought you knew every band in the local area, another crops up, reminding us that new music is being created every day all over the place. “I’m No Chessman” from Bournemouth have played a couple of well-received gigs for Conrad Barr down at Chaplin’s Cellar bar in Boscombe, and have a few more gigs planned.

Their shows include a gig at Sound Circus as part of a local band showcase on the 21st August, and a gig at the Winchester Pub in Bournemouth, supporting Bristol’s “Cardinals”. The band have just released their four-track debut EP, “This Medicine”: a fantastic introduction that displays some real talent and lots of promise for the future.

I'm No Chessman

The EP opens powerfully with the title track “This Medicine”. Its twin guitar sounds attack the ears, and the song’s chorus had me singing along straight away. The next track “Blank Page” combines the electric guitars with some superb piano work; the vocals here have more than a passing resemblance to “Panic At The Disco”. The momentum is kept up on “Nothing Behind You”, whose cracking guitar rift develops gradually, creating an infectious sound. The final track opens with a “Bloc Party”-style guitar intro, and the appealing opening lyrics, “The good old days, what a terrible phase, to live in the life in the meaningless haze, with the ghosts, no one’s coming out the play”.

“This Medicine EP” is an incredible debut that will have you wanting more than just four tracks. I’m look forward to future music from “I’m No Chessman.”

I'm No Chessman

This Medicine
Blank Page
Nothing Behind Your Eyes
The Good Old Day’s

Michael Rockett – Vocals/Guitarist
Jason Wheeler – Piano/Guitar/Vocals
Lewis Salter – Bass/Vocals
Jonny Browning – Drums


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Words By Dave Chinery (Chinners),

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