Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Chapterhall - Roswell's Finest Circa 1998
Here is the download - Chapterhall Demo
Thanks to Jack Saturn, former Huntsvillian/Atlantan/Thee Autobots guitarist/www.atlantashows.org designer/cool guy, for sending me this demo of Chapterhall, the band from the same part of Atlanta that I grew up in, and the first band where I first saw Lee Corum play drums. The band I was in at the time, Chocolate Kiss, played twice with Chapterhall, once at Under the Couch and once at Sprockets (see flyer above). I always remembered them as an instrumental band, which was the trend at the time, however Jack Saturn was recruited for a show or two as a lead vocalist. I guess things didn't work out, as they never invited him to any more practices or shows, which is always a classic way to kick someone out of a band. I love hearing all of the stories about how someone is kicked out or leaves a band. Matt Mauldin quit Bloodspoon by writing a letter to the guitarist Danny Grady. I think he also tried to quit Car vs. Driver through an answering machine message, but I could be remembering that incorrectly. Please tell me all your quit/kicked out of band experiences, they make great reading.
Chapterhall was around in the 1997-1998 era, and part of the mid-90s Roswell scene that I have covered in a previous post (e.g. The Strange Death of Silas Deane, Pax-13, Kossabone Red). If I remember Lee Corum drumming lineage correctly, he went into Mock Heroic after this, then Some Soviet Station, then Copa Vance, then Home of the Wildcats, then Lay Down Mains, then Gold Standard, which he currently melts faces in on a regular basis. I'm sure I have left out several bands in the meantime, as I am generating this list as I write this post. This demo was recorded at Under the Couch, and never released in any format, so it's great that we can enjoy it in the modern era. I think this might have been the best recording Under the Couch has ever produced, it sounds pretty damn good. But then again, they were good musicians who knew what they were doing, which is amazing given the fact that the musicians were in their late teens at the time.
One other topic I wanted to mention in this post is the existence of Sprockets as a place to have shows in suburban Roswell, and in my opinion how critical it was to the development of the Roswell hardcore/postpunk scene of the mid to late 90's. The older I get, the more I appreciate the fact that places like Sprockets existed, as a safe all-ages venue in the neighborhood where younger bands could play for their friends, and get exposed to some incredible national bands that would inspire them to make records, go out on tour and play music well into adulthood. How else would some of these kids have seen Ink and Dagger literally play down the street from their house?