Chapterhouse

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Members: Stephen Patman, Andrew Sherriff, Simon Rowe, Russell Barrett, and Ashley Bates

Formed in Reading in 1987 by Andrew Sherriff (b. 5 May 1969, Wokingham, England; guitar/vocals), Stephen Patman (b. 8 November 1968, Windsor, Berkshire, England; guitar), Simon Rowe (b. 23 June 1969, Reading, Berkshire, England; guitar), Jon Curtis (bass) and Ashley Bates (b. 2 November 1971, Reading, Berkshire, England; drums), Chapterhouse took the unusual step of rehearsing and gigging for well over a year before recording even a demotape. 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. Bassist Jon Curtis left early on to study, being replaced by Russell Barrett (b. 7 November 1968, Vermont, USA) who also fronted his own garage band, the Bikinis. Chapterhouse eventually signed to the newly-formed Dedicated label, releasing a series of lavishly-acclaimed singles, including Pearl, which reached the UK Top 75, and which revelled in distorted melodies and attracted a healthy following, while the autumn of 1991 saw the band aiming their sights on the anticipatory American market.

As of November, 2009, the band is together and playing live shows again, with dates in Japan and North America scheduled for 2010.
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Albums

DEDLP 001, DEDLP 001-8, DED 002 C Whirlpool — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Whirlpool (Album) Dedicated DEDLP 001, DEDLP 001-8, DED 002 C UK 1991 Sell This Version
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DEDCD 011S Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication - Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis (Album) Dedicated DEDCD 011S US 1993 Sell This Version
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7432116148-4 Blood Music — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Blood Music (Album) Dedicated 7432116148-4 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

STONE 002T Sunburst — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Sunburst (EP, Single) Dedicated STONE 002T UK 1990 Sell This Version
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STONE 001 CD Freefall EP — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Freefall EP (EP) Dedicated, Dedicated STONE 001 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
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RDJ 62151-2, RDJ62151-2 Mesmerise — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Mesmerise (Single) Dedicated RDJ 62151-2, RDJ62151-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
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none Falling Down — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Falling Down (Single) RCA, Dedicated none US 1991 Sell This Version
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STONE 003DJ, STONE 003 Pearl — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Pearl (Single) Dedicated STONE 003DJ, STONE 003 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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HOUSE 002 Losing Touch With My Mind — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Losing Touch With My Mind(Flexi, 7") Chapterhouse HOUSE 002 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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Tour 1 Special Tour Single  — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse / Five Thirty / The Belltower Chapterhouse / Five Thirty / The Belltower - Special Tour Single (7", Single, Ltd, Promo) Not On Label Tour 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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HOUSE 005T DJ P BloodMusic (Pentamerous Metamorphosis) — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication - BloodMusic (Pentamerous Metamorphosis) Dedicated HOUSE 005T DJ P UK 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 16137 2 She's A Vision — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse She's A Vision (Single, EP, Maxi) Dedicated 74321 16137 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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HOUSE 004(2) We Are The Beautiful — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse We Are The Beautiful (Single, Maxi) Dedicated HOUSE 004(2) UK 1993 Sell This Version
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CHW 2003 Don't Look Now / Deli — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Don't Look Now / Deli(12") Dedicated CHW 2003 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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Compilations

DEDCD 025 Rownderbowt — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Rownderbowt (Comp) Dedicated DEDCD 025 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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88697092862 The Best Of Chapterhouse — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse The Best Of Chapterhouse (Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697092862 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
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ORBIT047CD Whirlpool - The Original Recordings — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Whirlpool - The Original Recordings (Album, Comp) Space Age Recordings ORBIT047CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
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Videos

none Chapterhouse — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Chapterhouse(DVDr, DVD-V, Ltd, Num, NTSC) Not On Label (Chapterhouse Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version
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ARV-391 Blood Music  — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Blood Music (VHS, Promo, EPK) Arista Records, Inc. ARV-391 Unknown Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

DEDCD 011A Blood Music — Chapterhouse Chapterhouse Blood Music(CD, Promo, Smplr) Dedicated DEDCD 011A UK 1993 Sell This Version

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sydfloyd

sydfloyd

September 14, 2020
Reading the band profile, it's amusing to see Spacemen 3 described as 'rather laid back', bearing in mind the ferocity of tracks like 'Revolution' and 'Take Me To the Other Side'. The connection between the two bands was their manager - Gerald Palmer - and Chapterhouse supported Spacemen 3 a number of times circa 1989.

Incidentally, was Russell Barrett *really* born in Vermont, or was that just some press blindsiding on his part? He actually grew up in the Birmingham area.

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