After meeting at a jam in Belper, Derbyshire, Charlie Gibson (vocals and guitar) and Ben Bevan (drums) went ahead to form the duo Chork. Influenced by artists like The Libertines, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala and War On Drugs, the UK-based lads are dragging the sound of ’00s indie-rock to the modern-day music scene. While they may have only one track to their name (at least only one being streamed on Spotify), Chork has performed at several festivals and been featured by Graffiti Vibe, Pete’s Rock News and Reviews, and Alive and Gigging. We have chosen Chork’s ‘Old New Love’ for our Track of the Day.
Penned, recorded and produced by Gibson at his home studio (also known as the shed in the backyard), ‘Old New Love’ is the epitome of contemporary indie-rock. Incorporating Pete Doherty vocals with the intimacy of Coldplay, Chork combines indie melodies with a heavier rock undertone. In fact, it is the English-inflexion and clarity of Gibson’s vocals that add maturity to the tune.
Touching on elements of love and heartache, ‘Old New Love’ is a desperate means of self-expression – a catharsis if you will. Yet, while the melody can captivate one it is the introspective lyricism that makes the track heartbreaking. Engaging and enchanting, Gibson’s tone and timbre meld seamlessly with the powerful instrumentation giving off a sense of melancholic desperation.
“The track was written off the back of a very painful and heartbreaking break-up and it’s a real expression of how difficult but consoling it is to still be in love with no contact.” – Charlie Gibson (vocals) on ‘Old New Love’