To The Chase

To The Chase

 London, England, GBR
BandPopSoul

Formed in 2009 To The Chase are a 3 piece Indie / Soul band from Hackney, East London. The members of the band are Jim Rooney (Drums), Aaron Kravitz (Guitar & Vocals) & Michael Hamilton (Bass). Live they are joined by a Keyboard player and a Brass section.

Biography

From a basement in Hackney, songwriters Aaron Kravitz and Jim Rooney sat and digested hour upon
hour of electronic music and set themselves the challenge of piecing together timeless melodies,
while honouring the high energy ethos of the drum and bass and dub-step genres. Much time
was devoted to tinkering with antiquated EMU samplers with drum triggers, and old analogue
synthesisers. Diverse musical tastes (ranging from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Chuck Berry) and
open minds ensured that early 2009 was the unwitting beginning of a project that would come be
called To The Chase.

With full time jobs to hold down, every spare hour and resource was devoted to recording,
analysing, and re-recording again their efforts to realise the collective vision. Kravitz and Rooney
entered a period of intense creativity in which they developed a deeper understanding of the
direction they were moving toward, ultimately feeling that the drum and bass form was too rigid
a framework for them to fully explore their ideas within. Guitars became the new focus and they
reduced their orchestrations down to vocals, a guitar, bass and drums. Experimenting with a variety
of tempos now, they became unyielding in the styles of music they were willing to record, and the
collective influences among the duo began to come to the forefront of the project. Indie, drum and
bass, soul and dance music reared their heads (ahead of the recruitment of bass player Michael
Hamilton) and the band’s own style shone through.

As the project evolved and early recordings appeared, To The Chase picked up a mentor in the form
of Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones' original manager, who encouraged the band to hole up
at Chapel Studios and entrust mixing duties to Ewan Davies and Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys,
Kasabian, Noisettes). Davies and Barnicott turned out to be inspired choices as To The Chase plot a
packed release schedule for their Indie/ Soul crossover sound in 2011.

To The Chase's debut single "When You Believed" will be released in January 2011, and is the first of
5 singles to be released monthly in the lead up to their forthcoming debut album, "Listen Close", in
June 2011.

Discography

LP - Listen Close - To The Chase - due for release June 2011

Set List

When You Believed
Closest Thing To Love
Centre of Attention
Set Me Free
I Guess That Means
Expectations
How The Mighty Fall
Set The Record Straight
Cut To The Chase
The Return