Interview: Jeremy Chatelain // Handsome
In my opinion Handsome’s self titled album is one of the best post hardcore records ever (definitely in my top five list). Sadly it was released on a major and became lost in a sea of albums that the label could care less about. However, they were fortunate enough to have a cult following with them since they disbanded. I have been patiently waiting for someone to reissue this gem onto vinyl for a long time now. I often thought of doing it myself but then was quickly reassured that I have no funds to do so. Luckily, the great folks over at 6131 records are reissuing this on a limited run of vinyl. I saw this as a good opportunity to try and set up and interview with one of the guys and luckily it only took a few days to make it happen. Below is an interview with Jeremy Chatelain (singer) from handsome. Jeremy later on went to form Jets to Brazil and his solo act, Cub Country. Thanks to the guys at 6131 for setting this up and to Jeremy for doing this. Enjoy the read!
You originally were living in Salt Lake City, when did you leave there and move to NYC and how did Handsome come about?
I grew up in Salt Lake City, and lived here until I was 23. I decided to move to Brooklyn to pursue music in 1994 after touring the country with Into Another. Richie (the singer from Into Another) offered up his old apartment and helped me find a job in the city. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so I left Salt Lake. About two months after arriving in NY, I met the legendary Pete Hines at a party. We had a conversation about his then current band, Handsome, and their singer troubles. At that point, they were searching for a new vocalist and I expressed interest in auditioning. I believe they had been a band for a year or more before I came into the picture.