Concertgoers got to relive the '90s for a couple of hours Saturday night at Birdy's nightclub, where the Indianapolis band Split Lip which changed its name to Chamberlain in 1995 played to a sold-out crowd of about 400 people.
Fans of a certain age - particularly those who were contemporaries of the musicians in Split Lip - probably felt like they were 15 years old again at the reunion show, clutching the new vinyl record they just bought at the merch table after singing along with many of their favorite songs.
The legendary emo-core/indie-rock band which hadn't played together in about 10 years launched into "Uniontown," off of 1996's Fate's Got a Driver
album, for its first song.
Chamberlain was at its best this time with all five of its original members when they played songs from Fate's
and 1998's The Moon My Saddle
, doing goosebump-creating versions of "Racing Cincinnati" and "Manhattan's Iron Horses (The Last Train Out)."
"That song just took on a whole new meaning," bassist Curtis Mead said about "Iron Horses," possibly hinting that, just as the song talks about the last train to leave the station, this could be one of the last shows they'll ever do together.
Other standouts that showcased singer David Moore's voice and the group's tightness and technical skills were on display for jaw-dropping versions of "Street Singer" and "Her Side of Sundown," both off of Fate's
While some of the renditions off For the Love of the Wounded
lacked some of the hardcore vocals from the early days, the band still played powerful versions of "Anthem Boy" and "For the Love of a Wounded Woman."
"I may need some help with this one," Moore said to the crowd before they played "Anthem Boy." "This one had a lot of dust on it when we found it."
They threw it even further back with a crowd-pleasing version of "Cry Wolf," which can now be found on the album Songs You May or May Not Have Heard Before: Archived Music for Stubborn People
The band also performed an energetic cover of "Unity" by the late '80s punk/ska unit Operation Ivy that had the crowd going
ballistic (with some of the fans even crowd surfing).