Artist Profile: Chain The Phoenix
North East five-piece Chain the Phoenix have been setting the local music scene alight with their earth-shaking rock sound which blends heavy metal influences with fervent pop-punk melodies.
Since playing their first debut gig in July 2017, the band’s energetic live presence has been leaving lasting impressions thanks to their rip-roaring tunes and lead singer Jess’ powerful vocals which are only matched by her commanding onstage presence.
The band’s origins go much further back however, in the form of grunge rock band Cult of Whores and Dog. But the well-established band sought a new lineup and Jamie was cast as guitarist, who called on his former college friend Jess to provide the forceful lead vocals the Cult was looking for.
Several more lineup changes later, the band’s sound had inadvertently shifted away from heavy grunge towards pop punk influences and the decision was made to bury the Cult and from its ashes rose the band as we know it today: Chain the Phoenix.
The two demos released so far, 'Anabelle' and 'The Ballad', already demonstrate the band's ambition to create exciting punk-rock brimming with heavy riffs and evocative lyrics.
And with their first EP currently in the works things are looking very promising indeed for the North East upstarts.
Ahead of their performance as part of Spotlight’s next showcase gig, which takes place on International Women’s Day, Jess told us about her personal experience being involved in the music industry: “There are equal opportunities for both male and female musicians and singers. I seized the opportunity to get involved as I love rock music and have now for a while”.
Having bands like Chain the Phoenix and strong females like Jess part of this ever evolving music scene undeniably plays a vital role in encouraging more women to follow her lead. When asked about any advice she would give to women keen to get involved, Jess told us: “Go to more gigs, listen to more music and expand you’re music repertoires. I found that listening to certain bands I hadn't before really encouraged me to get more into the music scene and the music industry."
Track Pick: The Ballad
An intro of harmonious guitar riffs and drum beats set the mood for this superb noir rock ballad. Jess’ vocals are delicate yet powerful, welling up to perfectly capture the built up anger and determination portrait in this tale of a scorned heart. Perfectly interwoven with melodic guitar solos, “The Ballad” is an deeply compelling tune that makes it easy to let yourself drift into.
You can catch Chain the Phoenix at our gig in Sunderland on the 8th of March, more information can be found here:
Photography: Paul Murray