Ben Kendrew - main vox
Jonny Kennaugh - guitars
Nathan Lauridsen - bass/keys/backing vox
Hayden Lauridsen - drums/backing vox
Four teenage friends decide to form a rock band, practising in the garage of the drummer’s parent’s house. The initial beginnings weren’t exactly original, but from then on the development of Chamberlain has been an intriguing and exciting ride.
Initially known as Pie, the band was born out of friendship and an appreciation for music as a means to entertain and inform. Unlike so many young bands, Chamberlain has maintained the same line-up that started off back before the turn of the century. That first practice was to be the last in a garage as the boys quickly developed their sound and song-writing.
2001 saw them recognised in the top 12 high school bands in the country, appearing in the finals and a TV special on the Rockquest. It was just the beginning. As the boys ended their shaping teenage years, so too did the band come of age, with extensive playing to receptive crowds up and down the country.
Appearances at four Parachute Festivals. Playing with distinguished New Zealand acts including Zed, Wash, Moped and Mumsdollar. Tours to Christchurch, around the North Island and of high schools in the Auckland and Wellington areas — highlights of the last few years.
Towards the end of 2005 a new, more refined sound had emerged and Chamberlain entered the studio, joining producer Chris Diprose in his studios in Hamilton. After a long weekend enjoying the recording process and warm Waikato sun, two singles were complete. ‘Bring Me In’ and ‘New Day’ both capture the energetic, groove-based rock the foursome has honed.
2006 has seen radio airplay and industry ears begin to take notice, and into summer and ’07, Chamberlain are set to be rocking stages across NZ – it’s time to pay attention.
Chamberlain are at once exuberant and experienced, both fresh and accomplished. Exciting prospects for sure, welcome to the future of New Zealand rock.