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The Cooper Temple Clause is a five-piece rock ensemble originating from Reading, England. Formed in the late 1990s, the band quickly gained a following through their live concerts, and have produced three albums, one of which is yet to be released.
== History =
After signing a record deal with the RCA label in 2000 and putting out several singles and EPs, their debut album See This Through and Leave was released in 2002 to great critical acclaim. 2003's follow-up, Kick Up the Fire, And Let the Flames Break Loose, achieved the band international recognition on the strength of the singles "Promises, Promises" and "Blind Pilots".
The quintet's name is thought to derive from the Cowper-Temple clause, a provision introduced by William Cowper-Temple, 1st Baron Mount Temple into the second reading of the Education Bill of 1870, which provided that no catechism nor denominational teaching of any kind should be included in the religious instruction given in rate-aided schools.
In September 2005, bassist Didz Hammond left the band to join ex-Libertine Carl BarÃ¢t in the band Dirty Pretty Things. ...
|origin||Reading, Berkshire, England|
|years active||late 1990s - present|
|music genre|| Post-Hardcore|
|current members|| Tom Bellamy|
|past members||Didz Hammond|