Chamberlin plays music in a secluded log cabin, high in the mountains of Goshen, VT (population 200). The cabin is surrounded by National Forest that can never be developed. When the band rehearses, they look out over a view that has not changed since one member’s father pieced the logs together in the late 1970s. There are no houses, no lights and no other people in sight. The seclusion allows for late night, whiskey-fueled rehearsals with close friends, fireworks, and grilled steaks with asparagus. On calmer days, plinking with rifles and long-winded backgammon games ensue.
Formed in the summer of 2010, Chamberlin recorded their debut album in Burlington, Vermont with producer Scott Tournet, who plays guitar for fellow Vermonters Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Blues & Lasers. The record, Bitter Blood, will be out in 2011 on Roll Call Records/EMI.
Locked away in their cabin, Chamberlin created a record stained with the influence of bonfires, harsh winters, geographical isolation and the women that seem to run perpendicular to their lives. From the electric opening track, "Fools" – a stormy, scathing rebuke of two lovers – to the resolute, mostly a capella "Sixty Days," the nine songs on Bitter Blood are photographs, or perhaps photograms, of Chamberlin's world, with varying degrees of aperture. Despite its title, Bitter Blood is not without pleasantries. For the band, while contemplative, is not jaded. "Turn Around," the B3-laden third track, may even sound best as a drink-in-hand, late-night back porch sing-along. After all, "bitter blood," as the title track asserts, "breaks like a cigarette."
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