The roots of Chamberlain are planted in the Indianapolis band Split Lip, a juggernaut of the Midwestern hardcore scene between 1991 and 1995. Signed to Doghouse Records when its members were scarcely able to drive, Split Lip (singer David Moore, guitarists Adam Rubenstein and Clay Snyder, bassist Curtis Mead and drummer Charles Walker) released the now impossible-to-find Soulkill single in 1992, followed by its debut album For the Love of the Wounded in 1993. The band gained a sizeable following via constant touring, and through Doghouse’s strong European distribution ties, established an overseas fan base that would allow for a successful 1996 European visit.
When Rubenstein began college at Indiana University in 1995, his bandmates moved south from Indianapolis to Bloomington and continued working on new material. Fate’s Got A Driver was released in 1995 and supported with a lengthy U.S. tour, but the band opted to change its name to Chamberlain as its music began to mature beyond the hardcore leanings of its younger days.
In 2011, Topshelf released their full-length, The Moon My Saddle, on vinyl and digital platforms.