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The Cooper Temple Clause

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Wokingham, United Kingdom (1998 – 2007)

TCTC were an eclectic band with various post-rock, electronic and heavy prog elements in their sound, that, taken as a whole, ranged from dark, brooding space rock and lysergic ballads to skewed cyberpunk with the intensity of post-hardcore. They were named after an obscure UK parliamentary amendment to the 1870 Elementary Education Bill, allowing parents to withdraw their children from religious education and preventing indoctrination in state schools. Accordingly, the band sent out an early demo to record labels that was coloured in with crayons.

Tom, Kieran, ‘Fish’, Ben, Jon and Didz released 3 studio albums and a number of EPs and singles during their 9 year existence, of which ‘Blind Pilots’ was the most successful charting. with members going on to join Dirty Pretty Things, rhysmix, and other projects.

The band first got together in 1998. Using a farmhouse turned into a studio on the outskirts of Wokingham, United Kingdom, it took the Cooper Temple Clause almost two years to record their debut album ‘See This Through And Leave’. An intense rock record, unafraid of challenging listeners and genres, it ignored scenes and fashion.

By the release of second album ‘Kick Up the Fire, Let the Flames Break Loose’ in 2003 - named after a Philip Larkin poem, again recorded reclusively in Reading, and with the minimum of record company interference - Team Cooper had become an army capable of breaking into the Top Twenty without the need for crossover radio support or heavy rotation videos. Gigs were riotous devotionals, particularly those on the UK tour with The Libertines. They played one triumphant US headline tour and a second set of arena dates in support of The Cure.

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  • bingbongbilly

    Frankly criminal that the singer gave it up for football. I give up. [2]

    26 Mar 4:14pm Reply
  • xlo__Olx

    highly addictive

    16 Feb 12:32pm Reply
  • whatwillburn

    Frankly criminal that the singer gave it up for football. I give up.

    10 Feb 1:57pm Reply
  • dareecarrey

    Genious!

    9 Feb 5:33pm Reply
  • bazzo-182

    Loving the description of their style, pretty damn accurate!

    6 Feb 12:40pm Reply
  • TheXEnter

    Get these guys back together. Please!

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dereliTCed

    Recently read this perfect description ... "I visit this shoutbox from time to time, like laying down a rose on the band's grave."

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Peteblueeyes

    Now here is a band that should definitely do a reunion!

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KicekPL

    http://typetwoerror.bandcamp.com/ New band with former TCTC members (Ben, Kieran, Jon)

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Indie_Charles

    One of the best bands !!!

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sasha90s

    remember how I bought 'See This Through And Leave' on a cassette in 200..3, I guess.. still one my fav albums. it may be not 'one of the best albums ever' and stuff, but it is so personal to me.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • headuphigh

    Please guys come back, we count on you...

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sophiascalpel

    get your shit together and finally be productive together again! how dare you leaving us alone for so long!? we all should give you a good spanking, boys! so much crap out there, so don't you think its also your responsibility to shake the world with some quality? you were like the horsemen of the apocalypse with mean guitars and synthesizers fucking up this planet with noise. do it again and don't pretend you're not reading this!

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • thetipo4ek

    brilliant band !

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nachtaktiv

    pure 03-05 memory blast. heavy. kick up the fire still is a brilliant album

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • brownieboy

    "Been Training Dogs" is one of the good tracks. I remember the performances on such shows like totp, made the show worth watching when one of these alternative appeared. Shame they've split as it would be nice to see bands like this as well as others like Hell is for heroes and the others what split what were good during 2000-2005

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • osmark

    one of the best rock bands out of Brittain. Kick up the fire is one of my all time fav albums.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • EliEndrup

    @alecis0nfire - Untitled 93/U93 is from the Homo Sapiens EP; and it's on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGhh4zMlIS0 :)

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • outrenoir

    Mansun and the Coopers were brilliantly batshit Britpop outcasts, made the era tolerable

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ridderbanaan

    The joke has been gone on long enough. It's fine, we had a laugh but you guys should stop joking and make a new album.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
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