Monday, May 08, 2006
Chapterhouse - Mesmerise 12"
One of those brief encounters in the early 90's shoegaze scene, Chapterhouse released 2 brilliant albums, and a best of package, then faded away into oblivion.. Many of these type of bands had the same fate in the short-lived shoegaze shelflife, but much of their material remains a classic influence to modern day resurrection bands. 'Mesmerise' is hardly a 'shoegaze' song persay, but a dabble into an electronic music. A lot of the gazer bands did this, Slowdive for example, had the 'In Mind' and remix release, which saw light on the US version of Souvlaki. Not to detract anything from any fan of Whirlpool, but the second album, Blood Music, was a great listen, but hardly hold the same breath as Whirlpool. This track, 'Mesmerise' is a gem, and will get many a play on your turntable. The other 3 songs are back to the sonic shoegaze sound that you most certainly will recognize if you are familiar with the Whirlpool album. I get a chance to actually tell a story here, as I do have a few chance encounters in my brief stay as a record store owner. One Sunday, I had my shop open for an upcoming record show, and was 'getting things into shape' in hopes of a financially 'thrilling' day. My small shop was on the main street of our town (in Ontario, Canada), and we had a speaker outside playing all the music that we played in the shop in an attempt to attract customers. This did work quite well for me, as I had a lot of people wander in and query the music I was playing, and often bought something that they might not have in a larger chain shop. This particular Sunday, I did have a group of people wander in due, due to the music that was playing, but to my surprise this was no ordinary group! It turns out that Stephen Patman was in the area for a wedding, and members of the band Cuba in tote. Stephen was literally blown away by the 'shrine' of shoegaze I had in my shop, not to mention the large selection of Chapterhouse cds/ep/s and vinyl I had for sale. I even had gotten my hands on a few Chapterhouse shirts, and had one hanging in the window! He said that 'most shops in the UK don't have this type of stock', and even bought a Chapterhouse vs Global Communication ep I had in my display case. Needless to say I was a bit hero worship inside, as I had one of my favorite artists in MY shop, buying HIS OWN stuff of me! Anyway, that was possibly one of the coolest things to happen in my small 5 years of having a record shop. It was lucky I had a copy of Whirlpool on my wall for sale, and got a nice autograph for being open on what was my day off! I guess the moral of the story is: Play your music loud, you never know who's listening!
oh, p.s, I will not sell my autographed LP, so don't even ask! ;)
Track 1, Mesmerise
Track 2, Precious One
Track 3, Summer Chill
Track 4, Then We'll Rise
Grab the tracks here, password-pwemb.blogspot.com
UK Dedicated records 1991, HOUSE 001T
Personal rating 4.5/5
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