Dean Wright (Vocals and Guitar)
Jason Varley (Bass Guitar)
Padraic Farrelly (Drums)
Marcus Arriaga - Gonzalez (Dep Bass)
Dean Wright is a musician living in Newry, County Down for almost 20 years. A native of London, he was classically trained in guitar as a child and has been writing and performing songs all his life. He plays bass guitar in a local punk cover band called Feed The Enemy but with his love of music he always wanted to perform his own so in July 2018 he decided to concentrate full time on his music and began travelling as a solo aritist to Belfast, Dublin and around the country to promote his original music. Alongside this in September 2018 he went into the studio based in the beautiful village of Carlingford, owned by Jason Varley, an extremely talented sound engineer who also plays bass guitar on the EP, and on drums, the brilliant Lyn Mc Mullan from the band Sam Davidsons Taste. A few months later on 1st April he released his debut EP, titled Spiritual Suicide.
His music is tough to categorise but has strong rock/punk/blues influences, and some tracks have been described “dark” but with a profound message, to quote, “where punk meets Robert Johnson”,(Gerry, The Circle Sessions, Dublin) “ “quite a retro Protopunk sound such as Iggy Pop, Hawkwind or Doctor Feelgood.” (Brian Gray from NorthHertsRocks radio) “ it would scare the life out of you....there’s a church down the road if you need confession” (Killian, The Smyth Sessions) and the track Friends with the Devil “sounds like something Dylan or Black should have written.” (Ian McWilliams, DJ Phoenix FM, Dublin), Magazine, Wire, The Smiths, John Cooper Clark and Nick Cave all come to mind, very cool! (Rohan Healy, Rhythmn and Roots Show, Near FM)
This is a review of the EP by Liam Oragh on his music blog Day of the Dead..
“So one blast of Dean Wright aka Dean and Chapter’s brand new debut EP ‘Spiritual Suicide’ was all it took to bring this reviewer back from the dead – plus I could hardly say no to a guy who claims to be friends with the Devil! The title track is a wonderful post-punk punch that you unfortunately rarely hear anymore – it would slot in nicely on an early R.E.M album – with shades of Echo and the Bunnymen or our own Emotional Fish – this is dark and passionate – this is not music for the sake of it – this is about letting the demons out – about expressing life’s frustrations – about getting worked up and emotional and lyrical about what you’ve been through – there’s no stronger therapy than performing a song for an artist who is being honest and real. If you like your music edgy and meaningful, with snarly affecting lyrics and distorted grungy guitars then you’ll find this collection well worth listening to..
Lots of other gems on the record – from the gritty ‘Street Corners’ to the melodic Smiths-like ‘Up to You’ – but I can’t let the opportunity to print lyrics from the haunting ‘Friends with the Devil’ pass me by…“the loneliest souls make friends with the Devil – when all that you know and all that you’ve learnt only serves to get you burnt, all you love, all you hate, just conspires to seal your fate, and when you see what your life has become, its already too late, you’re already done!”
The band has now been formed for live performances with Dean on guitar and vocals, Jason on bass guitar and Podge on Drums. After their hugely successful launch night for the EP they have recently opened for The Gakk and have just returned from a successful headline gig in Edingburgh, with more upcoming shows. They will be going on the road so look our for them. Dean will be going into the studio in June with the guys to work on the new album and there will be official videos released for some tracks from the EP...lots more to come!
If you like your music edgy and meaningful, with snarly affecting lyrics and distorted grungy guitars then you’ll find this collection well worth listening to... - Liam Oragh (BLOG DE LOS MUERTOS)
Dean and Chapter is one great Rock Band! I met those very nice guys on Twitter! The Rhythm is amazing and really pure rock! I personally love how they can be rough in one song and in the next one they play nicely slow! It is one perfect mix on their EP and a must listen for all of you rock fans!