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BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.

This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.

Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.

This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.

Campaign video below...

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photos by Chris Becker


The Faster Times: What songs are you having the most fun playing again live? Why?

Stephen Patman and Andy Sherriff of Chapterhouse: We've really enjoyed the opportunity to revisit some of the songs that we didn't think were produced well on record. Our later stuff [like 1993's "Blood Music"] got a bit overblown with technology and we decided to strip things back and approach the songs in a more straightforward 'band kicking some ass' kinda way. We've also had the ability to cherry pick our favorite songs and do them some justice. I think people will be surprised at the songs we've chosen as we always preferred our B-sides and less "radio-friendly" material. We aren't trying to sell anything. so we can play whatever the fuck we want. It's a great freedom.

What cities are you most looking forward to playing this time around?

It's hard to be specific since we're looking forward to each town for different reasons. I'm looking forward to NYC and Toronto as I have some great friends in those cities and I've spent a lot of time there. I'm looking forward to Chicago, Boston, LA and San Francisco for the precisely the opposite reason--in that I haven't been to those cities for a long time and want to check them out again.

This time around was a short North American tour with Ulrich Schnauss that brought Chapterhouse to one of their favorite US cities (NYC) for two shows: one at The Bell House on 10/3 and a second at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/4 with A Place To Bury Strangers(who next play NYC at Death By Audio on 10/26 with Japandroids) and Soundpool. The pictures in this post are from the LPR show. More of them, with Chapterhouse's and APTBS's setlists, below...

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DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - "Suffragette City" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart (Secret Machines Remix)" (MP3)

APTBS at Webster Hall (more by Ebru Yildiz)
A Place To Bury Strangers

Earplugs are now close-to-officially required for the previously discussed Chapterhouse show at LPR on 10/4, as A Place to Bury Strangers have been added to the already impressive lineup that includes support from Ulrich Schnauss and Soundpool. Tickets, if you haven't bought them already, are still available.

The show is one of two Chapterhouse/Ulrich Schnauss dates that NYC gets in the coming days, with the first being at the Bell House on 10/3 with Dead Leaf Echo (tickets).

The show isn't the lone NYC date for APTBS either. The band will also play their native Death By Audio on 10/26 with Japandroids, as well as a Billboard showcase at Gramercy Theatre on November 3rd (no tickets for that yet).

APTBS is still touring off of their 2009 LP Exploding Head, which has spawned a new video directed by Ben Crook (mem Sian Alice Group) for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart". Check that out below, and make sure and check out the band's five song digital EP which also features the song as well as a new track, and remixes by Secret Machines, Cereal Spiller, and Broken Spindles. Dig on the Secret Machines remix for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart", as well as a cover of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" above.

Speaking of remixes, guitarist/vocalist Oliver Ackermann has been busy on the remix front as well, logging remixes for Maps' "Die Happy Die Smiling" and School Of Seven Bells' "Windstorm" in the recent past. Ackermann also has another remix due of Grinderman's "Worm Tamer" (out 11/22), in addition to a forthcoming remix for Holy Fuck.

The band is also hosting a contest for a video for "Deadbeat". Details on how to enter, tour dates and that "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart" video are all below.

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DOWNLOAD: Chapterhouse - Pearl (MP3)


Those rescheduled Chapterhouse shows are coming up in about a month. The first is still October 3 at the Bell House with Ulrich Schnauss and Mahogany opening. Then a second show, happening on October 4, was originally also going to be at The Bell House but will now take place at Le Poisson Rouge with Ulrich Schnauss and Soundpool opening. As I wrote earlier in the year:

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.
You can download Chapterhouse's classic single, "Pearl," at the top of this post. The NYC dates are part of a short North American tour Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss that kicks off October 1 in Chicago. All tour dates are below...

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UK shoegazers Chapterhouse have rescheduled a pair of Brooklyn shows after canceling their early May dates because of the volcanic ash that grounded European flights. The new shows for the reformed band will happen on October 3rd and 4th at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale (and tickets for the old dates will be honored for their corresponding night). I assume that all the cancelled dates will happen around then too (especially since a San Francisco one is also showing on Ticketweb with an October 9th date next to it).

Ulrich Schnauss opens both NYC dates, with Mahogany (who have a Rooftop Films show coming up) also on the first and Soundpool on the second.

The band successfully played the UK and Japan in March and April. Videos from those shows are below...

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A statement from the band below...

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Omar & fan @ Tribeca Film Festival - Apr 22, 2010 (Sylvia Hatred)

The new date for the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group show at Highline Ballroom is September 17th. Tickets are on sale. The Mars Volta member's film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night. As you can see above, Omar was in attendance.

Squeeze & Cheap Trick play Radio City Music Hall in NYC on July 13th. Tickets just went on sale.

Alice Smith has scheduled a last-minute acoustic show at Highline Ballroom... tonight, Friday April 23rd. Tickets are on sale.

The May 3rd Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss show at The Bell House sold out. Tickets are on sale for a 2nd show one day later with the same lineup.

Matmos and So Percussion will be playing at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, June 9th. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday night's show at Bruar Falls is free and going to be packed.

Also free: the shows at Grand Central for Earth Day today.

by Bill Pearis


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...

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