04-12-2010 Update: The Toronto and Seattle shows have been cancelled. Here is the band’s statement:
It is with much regret that Chapterhouse have been forced to cancel their shows in Toronto and Seattle. The band have worked very hard to make the North American tour happen but the logistics of playing these two shows was putting the entire tour in jeopardy so the only workable option was to sacrifice them. We would like to apologise to everyone that has been inconvenienced by these cancellations but hope that you might have the opportunity to make it to one of the remaining shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. The band were really looking forward to playing Toronto and Seattle and are very disappointed that this could not happen.
There were 4 great shoegaze bands from the late 80’s/early 90’s: My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, and Chapterhouse. It’s time to get excited about the genre known as shoegaze again, even it’s just temporary! Chapterhouse have reunited and are doing a few shows. I’m kind of bummed that they won’t be in the Boston area and that I’ll miss the Seattle show by about a month. I can always hold out hope that Ride will reunite…sigh (unless of course, anyone in the Boston area wants to make the trip to Toronto or Brooklyn).
* 1st May- Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (with Ulrich Schnauss) CANCELLED
3rd May – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (with Ulrich Schnauss)
5th May – Lincoln Hall, Chicago (with Ulrich Schnauss)
* 6th May – Tractor Tavern, Seattle (with Ulrich Schnauss) CANCELLED
7th May – Troubadour, LA (with Ulrich Schnauss)
8th May – Mezzanine, San Francisco (with Ulrich Schnauss)
The early 90’s were a great time for shoegaze music, the 2000’s, not so much. I tried to find some modern shoegaze bands that can capture the sound and essence of a My Bloody Valentine or Ride. It seems the genre for the most part, has died out. Bands like Asobi Seksu and Voyager One are trying, but there doesn’t seem to be any bands creating that big swirly wall of sound anymore. If you know of or are a band that has this kind of sound, please get in touch with me! I’d love to check them out.