Chamberlain Biography

Born from the ashes of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based hardcore unit Split Lip, this US band was formed in 1996 when David Moore (vocals/guitar), Adam Rubenstein (lead guitar), Clay Snyder (guitar), Curtis Mead (bass) and Charles Walker (drums) decided to change the title of the band to reflect the evolution of their music from its straight edge beginnings. The album Fate’s Got A Driver, had been released by Split Lip in 1995, but was remixed for its release the following year under the Chamberlain moniker. The record was largely overlooked upon its release but has since been credited as an important influence on the emerging Midwest emo scene, with Rubenstein’s complex riffing and Moore’s heartfelt lyrics of particular note.

The band’s follow-up, 1998’s The Moon’s My Saddle, was a major surprise, with a marked shift into classic rock territory that betrayed the influence of decidedly non-hardcore artists such as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. Stoll Vaughn and Seth Greathouse replaced Snyder and Mead in late 1998, although the former’s time with the band was short-lived. Further personnel change ensued with the departure of Walker in 1999, with Wade Parish brought in as his replacement the same year. The final Chamberlain studio recordings completed the band’s transition into fully-fledged roots rock, but a projected album was left unfinished as the band fell apart (although this did not stop their management company releasing the completed tracks on Exit 263). The retrospective Five-Year Diary: 1996-2000 provides an excellent summary of Chamberlain’s eventful musical career.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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