Chartreuse at The Glee

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Tue 16Feb
2021

Chartreuse (14+)Glee Club Birmingham

Black Country quartet Chartreuse bring their richly textured, loose-limbed, country-kissed soul music to The Glee Club Birmingham for a socially distanced show.
This is a socially distanced show. Tickets only available in specified group sizes, only one household per group (plus support bubble). Tickets must be booked in advance. Full COVID-safety guidelines available here.
Ages 14+. All under 25s may require government-issued photo ID to gain entry. Under 16s must carry photo ID and be accompanied by an adult with a ticket to the show at all times (see FAQs)
This event was rescheduled from 6th December 2020- All tickets remain valid for the new date. If you have already purchased tickets with the Glee Box Office we will have sent you an email with full details. Please check your spam/junk folders. If you have not received this email please contact info@glee.co.uk.

Advance price

  • £20.00 Group of 2
  • £40.00 Group of 4
  • + £3.60 booking fee per ticket

Times

  • Doors open 7:30 PM
  • Last entry 8:00 PM

More info

  • Seating type allocated
  • Food available yes
  • Minimum age 14+

Named after a colour that supposedly cannot be seen when printed (but also a French liqueur discovered by monks some 900 years ago and rogue marketed by its makers as ‘the elixir of long life’), the four multi-instrumentalists that form Chartreuse find inspiration in the assorted works of Hans Zimmer and by long drives out of the city, daydreaming of future lazy studio sessions in the South of France. They all agree on assorted songs and records by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Sharon Van Etten, and agree to disagree on many others.

Hailing from the Black Country, Chartreuse create richly textured, loose-limbed, country-kissed soul music. It oozes warmth, intimacy and melancholy. It’s a sound that roughly orbits the alt-country shaped textures of Lambchop, the unhurried grandeur of Nick Cave, and the life-affirming unity of The National. There’s something of the lounge-y, devil-may-care attitude of King Krule here too. In truth, it sounds unlike any of them, an unexpectedly furtive marrying of folk, soul, jazz, and RnB in its truest sense by a young band making their deliciously beguiling first steps.

Loosely fronted by the alternate vocals of Michael Wagstaff and Harriet Wilson, these are thoughts, feelings and curiosities initially scrawled out on paper scraps, and songs that act as their writers’ own personal therapy. Conceived and sculpted in their rehearsal cabin, less in homage to Justin Vernon than the only quiet room they could realistically find, it’s offered them a private space to seclude themselves away and pour over every detail of their recorded sound. And you can hear it.

Recorded in Tottenham with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), the debut EP “Even Free Money Doesn’t Get Me Out Of Bed” is, sonically, a tone-setting collection that acts as a fine introduction to Chartreuse. Controlled either by Michael’s husked baritone or Harriet’s moreish delivery, the defining sound of the record is one that’s curiously both spacious but claustrophobic. Unhurried yet vital. It evokes a nocturnal mood begging for second listens, third listens, and is as well-suited to late nights as it is sound-tracking early mornings. It has character, and an understated, measured confidence. It’s precisely what you appreciate from a new artist. Chartreuse are, unquestionably, a real discovery.