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Roger Chapman announces new album Life In The Pond

Roger Chapman
(Image credit: Roger Chapman)

Family singer Roger Chapman has announced that he will release a new solo album, Life In The Pond, through Ruf Records on June 25.

Life In The Pond, Chappo's first studio outing since 2009's Hide Go Seek, reunites him with faces from his past – including Family's Poli Palmer as co-writer/producer and guest guitar from Procol Harum's Geoff Whitehorn, while connecting the dots between his early influences and taking the pulse of modern life. 

"There’s nostalgia for the different musical styles that influenced my life,” says Chapman. “American rock from the ’50s to now. British R‘n’B from the ’60s, like Georgie Fame, the Stones, Zoot Money. Folk. Blues. Motown. Stax. Blue Note jazz. Classical. Americana. Country. A whole mess of influences. Mostly it’s anger at politicians that’s kept me fired up. But I’m also influenced by daily happenings, world news, people, acquaintances. It’s all in the lyrics.” 

Since Hide Go Seek Chapman was involved in an extensive Family reunion which ran from 2013 to 2016. The band won the Grand Design award at that year's Progressive Music Awards for Once Upon A Time: a definitive Family compilation, gathering the band’s entire catalogue – including outtakes, alternative versions and rarities found in Chappo’s loft – on a 14-disc boxset.

You can view the artwork and tracklisting for Life In The Pond below.

Roger Chapman

(Image credit: Ruf Records)

Roger Chapman: Life In The Pond
1. Dark Side Of The Stairs
2. Playtime Is Over
3. Nightmare #5
4. Rabbit Got The Gun
5. After The Rain
6. Having Us A Honeymoon
7. Snake
8. On Lavender Heights
9. Green As Guacamole (GAG)
10. Collar Turned Up
11. Naughty Child

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.