in 1994 the four piece Chicane rapidly gained a
strong following in their home town of Christchurch.
The band features the vocal and guitar talents
of Dean Chiplin who was last seen on the Failsafe
label on the Avalanche Compilation playing guitar
for Supertanker. David Toland on drums and Ché Rogers on bass duties and shared their talents between Chicane and Springloader who featured on the Good Things compilation.
Taking advantage of recording time offered in Greymouth the band have put together a six song mini-album which embraces the variety of songs in their live set.
The band comprised:
Dean Chiplin - Guitar and Vocals (ex-Supertanker)
Justin Schilder - Guitar and Vocals
Ché Rogers - Bass (also in Springloader and Mezzanine)
David Toland - Drums
Drummer Toland moved to Auckland after
the recordings and was replaced by Whetham Alpress. The
band performed gigs locally before founder members Chiplin
and Schilder decided to move to Auckland, replacing Alpress
with Toland and Rogers with Dylan (Elevation).
Chicane's music is predominantly solid
guitar-based, ranging from the swooning pop of "Fabrication" and "Scatter
Bomb" to the hard-edged wired sounds of "V-Flare" and
the title track. The upbeat "Downtime" has
gained inclusion on Kiwi Hit Disc 14.
Revs Per Minute - Failsafe Records -
Revs Per Minute contains six songs showcasing material form Chicane's live
set and includes the tracks "Downtime", "V-Flare", "Fabrication", "She's
Green", "Scatter Bomb" and "Revs Per Minute".
Both "V-Flare" and "She's Green" have taken out the number
one slot on Christchurch's student radio station RDU listener-voted charts.
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