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Reading, England (1987 – present)

Chapterhouse were a British band of the early 1990s, originally from Reading, . Formed in 1987 by Andrew Sherriff and Stephen Patman, the band began performing alongside Spacemen 3.

The band comprised Andrew Sherriff (born 5 May 1969, , England; guitar/vocals), Stephen Patman (born 8 November 1968, , , England; guitar/vocals), Simon Rowe (born 23 June 1969, Reading, Berkshire, England; guitar), Jon Curtis (bass) and Ashley Bates (born 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 demo tape. They were initially lumped in with the British acid rock scene, a mistake hardly rectified by the band’s early performances supporting the rather laid-back Spacemen 3. Chapterhouse eventually escaped from that genre only to find themselves thrust amongst the groups of 1991 (with the likes of Lush, Ride, 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, , ) 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.

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