Hailing from the North East Coast of the United Kingdom, Cape Cub have been slowly but surely forging their way into critical acclaim and the new track, the melodic and sombre Searchlight stands as testament to their prowess.
Having accumulated huge numbers of plays across streaming platforms with his previous tracks – as well as over 1,000,000 views on Mr Suicide Sheep’s YouTube channel for the outstanding ‘Keep Me In Mind’ – emerging artist Cape Cub returns with ‘Searchlight’ on 17th November 2017, the second in a series of three singles for LAB Records.
As with previous single ‘Flowers’, Chad Male, the producer and artist behind Cape Cub, showcases his natural flair for uplifting and rousing melodies, this time with a more contemplative and autumnal vibe.
“Searchlight is a song for the night. It’s about finding a little light in the darkness and finding yourself again. It’s also about dependence on other human beings; I find it hard to imagine getting through anything alone” explains Chad.
After topping the HypeMachine chart with ‘Swim’ in 2015 and gaining critical acclaim from the Closer and 6am EPs last year – two releases deeply influenced by the dynamics of heading into his twenties and Male’s personal attachment to his hometown of Marske-by-the-Sea on the North East coast – Chad has been holed away in his North East studio working on new material during the first half of 2017.
“Searchlight is the second ever song I’ve written on a piano, so the feel is much different to anything else you’ve probably heard from Cape Cub. I wanted there to be space in the recording too, and to feel like the chorus really pulls you out of those depths. Like anything I’ve ever put out there, it’s a hugely personal song and I hope it means something to all of you out there too” added Male.
Nodding to the iconic storytelling, vividly human imagery and natural showmanship of Springsteen, Death Cab For Cutie and Brandon Flowers, as well as the new wave of contemporary alternative electronic and pop producers like Maggie Rogers, Aquilo and new label mate Kyko, Cape Cub’s music is rooted in the vitality and warmth of human relationships.
With ‘Flowers’ featuring on Apple Music’s ‘Best Of The Week’, as well as numerous popular Spotify playlists, it’s perhaps no surprise that Cape Cub recently surpassed the20 million streams milestone.
Following dates with Clean Cut Kid and Fickle Friends, as well as recent performances at BBC Amplify in London and Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough, Cape Cubwill be back out on the road this autumn:
30 Nov | Lending Room | Leeds
01 Dec | Underground | Newcastle
02 Dec | Hemelvaart | Ayton, Scottish Borders
23 Dec | Georgian Theatre | Stockton-on-Tees
Thursday 15th February | Fulford Arms | York
Saturday 17th February | Lending Room | Leeds
Thursday 22nd February | Thousand Island | London
Friday 23rd February | Sound | Liverpool
Saturday 24th February | Think Tank? | Newcastle
With the support of Radio 1, Clash and DIY Magazine behind him, 2018 is looking to be a big year for the North East up-and-comer