Updated: Apr 19, 2020
In my honest opinion, I believe the best era for music was the late 80’s and early 90’s; grunge was slowly creeping in, people were getting past the pop 80’s and sinking towards the darker side of music. So many timeless musicians rose around this time, some we have already mentioned before. Sticking to this era it's time for another band you may or may not have heard of; The House of Love.
Formed in London in 1986 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Guy Chadwick and co-founder and lead guitarist Terry Bickers. By 1987 the group released their first single “Shine On” through the independent label Creation. Later that year the group released their debut self-titled album and through the years built their reputation through touring and press. The band were met with commercial success in 1990 after signing with Fontana Records and releasing their second self-titled album which hit number 8 in the UK Chart.
The group went on to release another 4 albums; 3 hit the UK charts, Babe Rainbow (1992) reached no.34, Audience of the Mind (1993) hit no. 38, Days Run Away (2005) hit no.189 and She Paints Words in Red (2013). The band had their struggles during their time together with constant split ups with several band members coming and going eventually left Guy Chadwick to eventually call it quits after a long tour in 1993 following the release of Audience of the Mind.
Guy Chadwick admitted to dealing with severe depression after the break up. Despite his difficulties, he would make several further attempts at a musical career, going on to form The Madonnas in 1994 (band splitting in 1995) and subsequently the similarly short-lived, Belgium-based Eyedreams in 1996. Guy Chadwick started a solo career in 1997 and by 1998 released an album titled Lazy Soft and Slow produced by Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie.
The House of Love reformed in 2003 with the original line up minus the bassist Chris Groothuizen as he wanted to continue his career in architecture. In 2005 the band released a come back album titled Days Run Away which was met with praise. In 2007 the band re-released their 1988 debut self-titled album and played the whole album in its entirety as part of a come back tour. In 2012 the band announced via their Facebook page that they had recorded another album, by March 2013 the band released She Paints Words in Red.
So where to start with The House of Love? Easy, their first album. Without a doubt their most successful album and capturing the sound that gained them recognition. For fans of psychedelic guitar and bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride and The Pastels then The House of Love might just be up your alley.