Hip Hop has not traditionally thrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland, but for the individual members of ChessClub (Andrew Lahey, Matthew Murphy, James Piercey and producer Adrian Gagnon), who grew up there, hip-hop is how they found each other. The four-piece now call Toronto home, and with fifteen years of collective writing, musings, and perhaps a few rebirths, ChessClub are all too ready to release their sophomore album, These Flowers Are For You.
In 2014 ChessClub premiered their first self-titled album with Vice magazine’s online music publication, Noisey, and earned themselves an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nomination. The group are passionate about performing live, and often opt to perform alongside a full band. Throughout their career they have shared the stage with notable acts such as Pharoahe Monch, Shad, Camp Lo, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, The Beatnuts, Slaughterhouse, Belly and RA The Rugged Man.
ChessClub’s blend of traditional and contemporary style carries into These Flowers Are For You, with defined growth and evolution. You can expect layers of rich, textured, modern sounding production, married with dense, introspective lyricism, in both traditional rap and melodic vocals. Thematically, the album explores a full range of emotions through the particular lens of each member. ChessClub probes questions about the tension of post-material modern life, and the relationship between growth and decay.
Their sophomore album “These Flowers Are For You” was released via URBNET in February 2018 and is now available on limited edition vinyl LP and CD. Their highly anticipated single “Amelia Earhart” was released Friday December 15th as a digital single and a music video, directed by Matt Power and Starring Karena Evans.