Posted in music | tour dates on February 22, 2010

by Bill Pearis

Chapterhouse

The '90s shoegaze revival marches on. Swervedriver got back together in 2008 and now 2010 will see Chapterhouse tour America, including a May 3rd show at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets just went on sale.

Chapterhouse's 1991 debut, Whirlpool (reissued in 2006), mixed swirly guitars and breathy vocals with a hefty dose of dance music (Madchester was peaking then) and the album's single "Pearl" was a big Modern Rock radio hit in America. It's hard to hear "Pearl" and not think it was a big influence on The Big Pink's "Dominoes." The band made a second album -- the more overtly dancey Blood Music -- in 1993 but went their separate ways not too long after that. Drummer Ashley Bates now plays in Tunng.

Chapterhouse play Japan in April before heading to America. The Bell House date is the only U.S. show announced so far but expect more cities soon. In addition to some of their music videos, click through to see the reformed Chapterhouse perform "Pear" at London's ICA in November 2010 -- sounds pretty good I think...

Chapterhouse - Pearl

Chapterhouse - "Pearl" live at the ICA 11.26.2010 2009

Chapterhouse - Mesmerise

Chapterhouse - Falling Down


Chapterhouse - 2010 Tour Dates
March 18 - London
April 6 - Tokyo, Japan
April 8 - Osaka, Japan
April 9 - Tokyo, Japan
April 10 - TBC, Japan
May 3 - The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY

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Comments (45)

This band must be good, theres a video from the future posted up there

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:22 PM

This renunion thing is getting whack. Chapter house is a band that had all of ONE okay album and ONE good song, and now they're having a "reunion tour?" Scuse me while I go take a nap.

Where the fuck is SLOWDIVE??

Posted by Peter | February 22, 2010 2:40 PM

Actually, two good songs-- Pearl and Mesmerise.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:44 PM

"Where the fuck is SLOWDIVE??"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojave_3

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:44 PM

Where is RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:49 PM

Wrong shoegaze band. Slowdive plz.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:50 PM

...and Lush and A.R. Kane while you're at it!

Posted by blackhat | February 22, 2010 2:53 PM

how abott a La's reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 2:54 PM

"Where the fuck is SLOWDIVE??"

it's not going to happen. rachel has had painful, near-crippling ear problems for the past few years

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 3:07 PM

I was just listening to Ride this morning and that reunion would be sweet..come on Oasis just broke up, its time people

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 3:15 PM

I agree, Andy's not doing anything now, Ride reunion would be insane!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 3:25 PM

Lush or AR KANE would be sweet. And shit that reminds me I need to download "Sixty-Nine" cos some fucker (actually a good friend, so I forgive him) never gave back my record. Yeah, my record.

AR Kane's "Sixty-Nine" is some serious womb regression music BTW...

Posted by Peter | February 22, 2010 3:29 PM

ugh...agreed with 2:40...this band was blah.

ill love a ride reunion...id be very happy with a catherine wheel reunion too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 3:40 PM

swervedriver > chapterhouse

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 4:08 PM

Love the Mojave 3 comment

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 4:23 PM

RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 4:46 PM

Swervedriver is great. Chapterhouse is no Swervedriver.

Slowdive was great. Mojave 3 is no Slowdive. not bad, but NOT SOUVLAKI makin' SLOWDIVE.

Posted by Peter | February 22, 2010 5:08 PM

I concur with a lot y'all. good band but not worth peddling out to fucking bell house.

Posted by iamtheangel.com | February 22, 2010 5:33 PM

I want the forgotten crap shoegaze bands to reunite. The Rosemarys w/ The Belltower! Cmon kids (erm parents), make us not want a revival.

Posted by shoogayze | February 22, 2010 5:51 PM

Bought my Bell House tickets. Been waiting for this gig to be announced for months..Thanks BV..

As for Ride they were all just interviewed for an Oxford mag a few months ago..Sounds like there may be potential for a reunion some time in the future. Andy Bell is part of the new Lian Gallagher solo band playing guitar so he is not unemployed.

http://nightshift.oxfordmusic.net/2010/jan.pdf

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 5:52 PM

Adorable!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 6:47 PM

The Wendys, Venus Beads, The Hollow Men. Bring it on!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 7:17 PM

MOOSE!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 7:35 PM

adorable were awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 7:50 PM

"The Hollow Men"

the drummer jonny plays in two bands right now:

spacehog / evan watson and the headless horsemen

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 8:08 PM

I agree with adorable and moose!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 8:42 PM

yes, adorable! and majesty crush

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:32 PM

may 5 in chicago at lincoln hall - should be lame

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:54 PM

im sorry but in a post mbv reunion world this is hilarious

its like oasis reuniting after the beatles resurrecting and reuniting and thinking people would care

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:21 AM

It's funny because every band mentioned in this thread so far is much better than Chapterhouse. Even Oasis.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:27 AM

the whole whirlpool album is pretty good. I find slowdive to be much more "blah".

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 5:46 AM

Lets face it. Anyone who remembers what is was at the time will go. Those years were so great. Whirlpool on some shitty dub cassette in your tape deck in the high school halls. Then Blood Music happened and the bad parts of the 90s came round. I got a ticket. Why not? Nostalgia can be fun. Its just random enough where you can enjoy it and not overthink it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 10:02 AM

i agree, 10:02. whirlpool is still a great record, and this is all about high school nostalgia. shoegazing was the best music of that time period.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 11:25 AM

Anyone know where in Manhattan they'll be playing? I would assume Mercury Lounge or the Studio at Webster Hall?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:33 PM

Wow, who knew the world was clamoring for a Chapterhouse reunion? They were a good band though, Whirlpool was a great album. They weren't Ride or Swervedriver or Slowdive, but they were pretty good. Weren't a couple of these guys in a drum and bass band in the 90s too? Or am I thinking of a different band?

Posted by brian roach | February 23, 2010 1:55 PM

It will definitely sell out and I am definitely going. That whole first album is quite good, as are the early EP's and singles. Not the best thing ever but it should be fun. Don't overthink stuff, folks.

Or take my advice: go start your own shitty band, whiners.

Posted by Tim Kerr | February 23, 2010 3:40 PM

of all the shoegaze bands i saw the 1st time around, Chapterhouse was probably the worst. I would much rather see Ride or Lush again (though w/ Acland's suicide, that's not likely to ever happen).

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 4:26 PM

I hope they are better live than the Secret Shine was at their reunion gig. That was a little disappointing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 6:09 PM

How can you say that one of the most influential post MBV bands is lame?!!!You guys need hearing aids.Chapterhouse ruled!JUst ask Ulrich Shnauss what he thinks of them1

Posted by Dahni | February 24, 2010 11:15 AM

@ 6:09

oh god that was awful! but they werent good the 1st time round either.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 11:50 AM

>Anyone know where in Manhattan they'll be playing? I would assume Mercury Lounge or the Studio at Webster Hall?

nope. this is their only show in NYC area

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2010 4:22 PM

I was lucky enough to catch their show at ICA, London and it was absolutely amazing. Chapterhouse were a great band when they released Whirlpool and they are a great band now.

Posted by SkO | March 8, 2010 4:43 AM

I hear it's Mark Gardener that is resistent to the Ride reunion. All others would do it. Loz Colbert had a successful run during 2007-2009 with the reunited Jesus & Mary Chain - before they now too splintered again. Presently Colbert (amazing drummer that he is) is laboring in a band with John Moore (another MaryChain alumni) as frontman - and Lush bassist Phil King on bass.

So, it's a just a big inbred world now, innit?

Posted by DaveCromwell | March 8, 2010 2:25 PM

Screw the Chapterhouse haters. The Chicago show they did was fantastic, and was well worth the long, long wait. If anything, it's a little harder to listen to Whirlpool now, because it sounded way better live.

Posted by JakeMc | October 23, 2010 2:28 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:51 PM

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