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DEAD BANDS: ISIS

by chuck bell I was hoping that this day would never come, but unfortunately, post-metal icons ISIS have decided to call it quits. After 13 years andĀ five incredible albums, including last year’s stunning Wavering Radiant, Aaron Turner & Co. are going out at the top of their game. They will be completing their tour schedule [...]

DEAD BANDS: GHOSTS & VODKA

by chuck bell When Chicago legends Cap’n Jazz broke up in 1995, its members went on to form countless new projects, some of which still exist today. Of all of these offshoot bands, Ghosts & Vodka had one of the shortest lifespans. Initially, guitarist Sam Zurick stuck with Cap’n Jazz vocalist Tim Kinsella for his [...]

DEAD BANDS: CLOUDDEAD

by chuck bell There are very few bands that have had as much of an impact on the current state of both hip-hop and indie rock as cLOUDDEAD. The avant-garde group consisted of Doseone (Adam Drucker), Odd Nosdam (David Madison) and Why? (Yoni Wolf). While attending art school at the University of Cincinnati, Wolf met [...]

DEAD BANDS: BEAR VS. SHARK

by chuck bell Touring is undoubtedly the most difficult part of maintaining a band. Traveling nonstop, living in close quarters, and trying to subsist on little-to-no-money is often too much for musicians to handle. Despite the fact that its members knew each other since junior high (and in some cases preschool), Bear vs. Shark ultimately [...]

DEAD BANDS: BOTCH

by chuck bell It is very rare for a band to have such an impact on rock music that they end up inventing a new sub-genre. Creativity and ingenuity are hard qualities to come by in an art that has been so historically defined by plagiarism. Tacoma, Washington’s Botch single-handedly created and perfected the “mathcore” [...]

DEAD BANDS: THE WHITE OCTAVE

by chuck bell Most rock musicians struggle their entire lives to form a band with any kind of relevance, and unfortunately, there is a very low rate of success. You may not know his name, but Steven Pedersen has played an integral role in not one, but four landmark bands. When you have this much [...]

DEAD BANDS: BY THE END OF TONIGHT

by chuck bell By the End of Tonight were about as unconventional as a rock outfit could be, which is probably the reason that they spent the entirety of their brief career in relative obscurity. BTEOT formed in Alvin, TX in 2003 as a four-piece instrumental group, consisting of Stefan Mach and Josh Smith on [...]

DEAD BANDS: SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE

by chuck bell When a great band dies once, it is tragic. When a great band continues to die over and over again, it is just plain frustrating. Seattle’s Sunny Day Real Estate have returned from the grave several times, only to crawl right back in several months later. Starting as a three piece in [...]