Sarge – Scootering Magazine
Chris Pope – Mutiny On The Thames E-Pop (CD Single)
First taste of Chris Pope’s forthcoming album Peace Of Mind is in the shape ofMutiny On The Thames,which is in both the radio edit and the uncut version. The latter being the better option, purely as it gives more of the song to hear, especially bearing in mind that Chris has not only been a (hard)working musician since the late 70’s, he’s also a very talented songwriter as well. He was responsible for writing timeless anthems such as Maybe Tomorrow, Brave New World among others with The Chords as well as the critically acclaimed Pope albums Grace Of God and Tall Tales And Cheap Thrills. Big, bouncy and brash Mutiny On The Thames comes complete with a Chris Pope trademark sound, both punk and mod in structure, sing along lyrics and a chorus with a hook so big it can snare record size killer sharks with ease, plus a quasi patriotic edge. Opening line ‘There’ll always be an England, on that you can depend, but watch out fools who make the rules… for mutiny on the Thames’ leads into a proper anthem in the making. A rabble rousing, air punching shout a long ideal for last half hour playlists at club do’s and scooter rallies everywhere.
Nikki Brooks – Resonance Radio 104.4fm
Its very easy to feel disillusioned with the music scene in this country with bands dominating the pages of NME that are seemingly from very privileged back grounds that sadly lack that verve and passion in their performance that this Country was once renowned for but have the cash and contacts for the all important PR. If you want to see a band that sums up why England were the country that rocked the world then you will get no better than Chris Pope the Band . I went to the launch party of their single ” Mutiny on the Thames at the 12bar Club London and was shown an absolute master class in how to perform that can be found in all the greats from The Stones , The kinks, The Clash and The who. Can you really put this band alongside such iconic acts? Yes I believe you can as what they all had in common was not a want to perform but an absolute need as if their lives depended on it and that’s what you see raw and close up with Chris Pope. There is a real difference between being a musician and a performer ,the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand but with these guys you get the best of both. From the precision and finesse from Mic Stoner on Bass and Kenny Cooper on Drums mixed with Chris ripping wild notes from his Gibson guitar like a hybrid Neil Young and Mick Jones all connected as if one unit, all wrapped up in giving completely of themselves on stage makes for a compelling show. Chris literally attacks the stage like a caged animal that’s broken free yet always connecting with the audience as if letting you in to his private world.What a band should do is make you feel alive ,as if is anything is possible, that you can rule the world. This is what you get from these guy’s and that’s a mark of a band worth seeing again and again . A band worth investing your hard earned pounds in .
MOJO magazine – “Their debut reveals their protagonist hasn’t mellowed a bit with age.”- 4/5 stars
Uncut magazine – “Grace of God is as savage as (Pete) Townshend with toothache…Ace.”
Record Collector magazine – “Loud, sweeping, righteous, and verging on the bombastic, it’s cut-the-crap stuff…it’s good to have him back.”
Classic Rock magazine – “The Former Chords beef up their mod revivalist roots with surly Godfathersalike snottiness, urban Britrock laddishness and a la mode Doherty slovenliness – 7/10”
Scootering magazine – “A modern masterpiece of great guitar music.”
MOJO “The track Get Into London simply sums up the raw power, stinging lyrics and sing-along-hooks from this great album.”
Record Collector **** “evocative stories from Life’s underbelly”
Scootering .. “Recommended Listening “An album that WILL stand the test of time”
Birmingham Sunday times “Album of the week”