The Chevin

From panoramic vistas from the peaks of stately Yorkshire ridges to drug-running ranches in the deserts of Texas, The Chevin are a band steeped in natural grandeur. They're a band who grew up relishing the magnificent swathes of moorland stretching from York to Leeds visible from atop the hill overlooking their home town of Otley - the geological marvel after which they're named - and instinctively destined to recreate the wonder of it in music. "Otley sits in a valley in Wharfdale and the hill on one side of the valley is The Chevin," singer and songwriter Coyle Girelli explains. "I like the romance of naming ourselves after something so local and personal, and at the same time it creates an image of being stood on the edge of a ridge or a cliff looking out. ...show more

From panoramic vistas from the peaks of stately Yorkshire ridges to drug-running ranches in the deserts of Texas, The Chevin are a band steeped in natural grandeur. They're a band who grew up relishing the magnificent swathes of moorland stretching from York to Leeds visible from atop the hill overlooking their home town of Otley - the geological marvel after which they're named - and instinctively destined to recreate the wonder of it in music. "Otley sits in a valley in Wharfdale and the hill on one side of the valley is The Chevin," singer and songwriter Coyle Girelli explains. "I like the romance of naming ourselves after something so local and personal, and at the same time it creates an image of being stood on the edge of a ridge or a cliff looking out.

If you go up into the hills, you can see all the way to York on one side and as far as the eye can see on the other. When you write without being contrived you're directly influenced by your surroundings and growing up in a place with such a wide landscape we naturally go towards that sort of feeling." As a teenager, roaming the tiny market town of Otley in The Chevin's shadow with a head full of Nirvana, Oasis and The Beatles, Coyle had a soundtrack to his life spooling constantly through his head. "I was constantly singing music to myself when I was playing, everything always had a soundtrack attached. I guess it was a natural place I was heading, I was constantly writing melody and words for as long as I can remember, without realising.

Nirvana was the first thing that made me want to be in a band. The first album I got was 'In Utero' and I remember listening to it all the way through, and Nirvana strike a chord with a lot of teenagers but it really spoke to me personally. I'd loved other music but that was the first time that something had hit deep. After that I bought 'Nevermind' and I was hooked. ...show less