Following their tenacious introductory single ‘The Cloud Bursts’, which was met with critical acclaim, London-based 5-piece The Outside Chancers are set to build on the momentum with their new single ‘Absent Friends’. Taken from their upcoming debut EP, ‘Absent Friends’ showcases a more subtle side to their diverse sound, full of delicate harmonies and a beautiful acapella introduction. Masters of their craft instrumentally, The Outside Chancers pay homage to “those absent friends who went before us” with a stunningly intricate, traditional country sound that delves into their old-time, roots influences.
“Absent Friends is a drinking toast. We probably all wistfully wonder now and then whether those who’ve gone before us might be looking on – it’s common to people of all faiths and none. Plus there’s always something slightly indefinable about being where the land meets the sea.
It’s a duet we sang together round a couple mics, June and Johnny style – it’s nice to record live as much as possible.”
The Outside Chancers bring a wealth of experience to the thriving Country/Americana scene, having worked individually with the likes of Logan Brill, The Wandering Hearts and The Worry Dolls. Guitarist and songwriter Dan has even had music featured on the hugely popular Nashville TV series. Adding even more strings to their bow outside of the country genre, vocalist Jen has performed alongside bands such as The Vaccines and Billy Ocean, with keyboard player Natalie regularly touring as a backing vocalist for Goldie. Natalie can also boast her own top 10 album release as a solo artist.
With an EP recorded and lined up for a release in the near future, The Outside Chancers have made a very positive start, having found supporters in key tastemakers like Baylen Leonard (Country Hits Radio), Lyric Magazine, Countryline TV, Belles & Gals and more. Definitely an act to keep an eye on, The Outside Chancers are a refreshing new addition to the ever-growing genre.