Who knows why, but this has been the year for reunions. Throughout 2010, we've seen some of early emo's finest, the forefathers of stoner metal, alt-rock radio favorites, a handful of obscure bands, and even a few truly old-school names reconvene for 'just one more tour.' Some groan at the thought, others rejoice, and others still couldn't be bothered to remember why they liked those artists in the first place. Regardless, that doesn't stop us (those of the music press) from telling you all about it. So, here's another addition to the ever-growing list of acts to reunite in 2010: U.K. shoegaze quintet Chapterhouse.
Chapterhouse has been around since the late '80s, getting its first break supporting fellow U.K. outfit Spaceman 3 before going on to record two highly influential records, Whirlpool and Blood Music. Listening to those records, you can hear the guitars of early Radiohead, the beats of Portishead's first two albums, and the basslines of "Blue Monday"/"True Faith"-era New Order mesh into a spacey blend of poignant, danceable rock. Chapterhouse may be no My Bloody Valentine, but the band remains a serious influence on much of the swirling indie rock being made these days.
This Saturday night, the five members of Chapterhouse will take the stage at Mezzanine after disbanding nearly 16 years ago. We suggest you get to know this band -- or reacquaint yourself with its classic music -- before it performs with Ulrich Schnauss and A Shoreline Dream. Check out the videos in this post and read a recent interview XLR8R magazine did with frontman Andrew Sherriff, here. Also, we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Be the first person to comment with the name of the label that released Chapterhouse's Blood Music, and you'll win! Please remember to include your full name in the comment. See you at the show!