Monday, April 26, 2010

I've Got To Satisfy My Soul

Chapterhouse has reformed! I can thank a stupid Facebook ad for alerting me to a Chicago concert on May 5. Don't know Chapterhouse?

Initially lumped in with the British acid rock scene of the time, a mistake hardly rectified by the band's early performances supporting the rather laidback Spacemen 3. Chapterhouse eventually escaped from one genre only to find themselves thrust amongst the infamous shoegazer groups of 1991 (with Lush, Moose and Slowdive), so called because of the bands' static live shows and insular music.
Chapterhouse made quite an impact on me in my formative years because they were loud and mysterious yet the melodies were really gorgeous in their own way. It's always a nice surprise to hear them pop up when the iPod is on shuffle!
In November 2009 Chapterhouse played their first gig in 14 years, selling out the ICA, London. With such a fantastic response from this show, the band has happily agreed to play a handful of shows in 2010 to give fans one last chance to see them play live. Although they are not reforming permanently, they are looking forward to playing together again for these few dates.
Ok, so bummer, they haven't quite reformed, but if you'd like to see them in the US you only have a few options...
3rd May - The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (with Ulrich Schnauss)
4th May - The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (with Ulrich Schnauss)
5th May - Lincoln Hall, Chicago (with Ulrich Schnauss)
7th May - Troubadour, LA (with Ulrich Schnauss)
8th May - Mezzanine, San Francisco (with Ulrich Schnauss)

Oh man.

Official site

UPDATE: Nevermind. They're postponing the North American tour. From Facebook...
We have been forced to reschedule our upcoming tour of North America. We are all extremely disappointed that this is our only course of action, but wish to stress that the tour is being postponed, not cancelled. Please go to the website in a few hours time for a full statement. (We have had to keep it short on here due to the word limit). Thank you - Andy, Stephen, Simon and Ashley

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