Chimera (Northern Ireland band)

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Chimera, 1996
Background information
OriginBelfast, Northern Ireland
GenresIndie rock, Noise pop, Post-punk, Ethereal wave
Years active1990 – 1997
LabelsGrass Records (now Wind-up)
Past membersEileen Henry (vocals), Steven T. Emerson (bass), Ted Laverty (guitars), Willia Vincent (drums and percussion)

Chimera were a Northern Irish alternative rock band that saw brief, but notable fame in the mid-nineties. They have been frequently compared to the Sundays, Cocteau Twins and the Cranberries.


Chimera was formed in 1990 and included members Eileen Henry (vocals), Steven T. Emerson (bass), Ted Laverty (guitars), and William Vincent (drums).

In 1993, Chimera released their first U.K. album, Lughnasa, but later had to buy back all of the copies due to contractual problems. That album contained two singles, "Ellis Bleeds" and "Cyan Daze".

They were highly praised in their early years by the UK press, earning UK's NME "Single of the Week" award. Because of that award, record producer Chris Nagle began working with the band. Nagle had previously worked with bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, New Order, and the Smiths.

Chimera's U.S. debut was 1995's Day Star EP, released on Grass Records (now Wind-up). The release contained four songs, and some would later be rerecorded for 1996's Earth Loop, their only full-length album released in the United States. Following the release of Earth Loop, Chimera spent most of 1996 in the U.S. touring. They performed with many popular alternative bands, including the Sneaker Pimps, Blur, the Pixies, and Throwing Muses. That year the single, "Catch Me," garnered modest airplay on some U.S. alternative radio stations.

After 1996, there were rumours of another album to be released in 1998, but that album never surfaced, perhaps due to financial difficulties with Grass Records. The band have not been heard from since.


  • Eileen Henry (vocals)
  • Steven T. Emerson (bass)
  • Ted Laverty (guitars)
  • William Vincent (drums and percussion)
  • Anthony Monaghan (live guitar)


  • Lughnasa (1993 - UK only)
  • Day Star EP (1995)
  • Earth Loop (1996)


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