Shoegaze legends have their debut reissued.
By Blurt Staff
Raise your hands, all you
lapsed shoegazers: on April 27 Whirlpool:
The Original Recordings by Chapterhouse, one of the original leading lights
of the shoegaze movement, arrives via Britain’s Space Age Recordings label. As
any fan will tell you, Chapterhouse records have either been shoddily packaged
as reissues without the involvement of the band or simply gone out of print for
ages and in some instances change hands for big bucks on eBay nowadays.
This reissue of the
original Whirlpool recordings (from
VHF Studios Rugby, Sawmills Cornwall, Stoneroom Studios London and Refuge in
Reading) will feature three extra tracks, including the never before released
‘Thrasher’ and longer/alternate mixes of ‘Something More’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Guilt’.
It’ll be in both physical and digital formats.
Peers of Loop and Spacemen
3 and hailing from Reading
in the late ‘80s, Chapterhouse, as the legend goes,
was in no hurry to become rock stars: they rehearsed for well over a year
before committing anything to demo for record companies. Eventually signing
with BMG imprint Dedicated, they released Whirlpool in 1991 and uickly reached the top of their game with their peak arguably
being a performance following Nirvana at the ‘91 Reading Festival.
True to form, they took
their time recording a followup, 1993’s Blood
Music, which was followed by a slew of DJ remixes from the album, but by
then much of their momentum had been squandered and, unable to break through in
the States either, they eventually disbanded. Members moved on to Slowdive, Air
Inner Sleeve and Bio.com.
In 1996 a comprehensive
Chapterhouse overview was released, the 2-CD Rownderbout.
Here then, the Scene That
Celebrates Itself revisits one of its acknowledged classics. With My Bloody
Valentine treading the boards anew in 2009 would it be too much to ask for a
Chapterhouse reunion? We think not! Watch for a review of the reissue very soon….
5. Falling Down
8. If You Want Me
9. Something More (ambient version)
10. Rain (alternative version)
12. Guilt (long version)