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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: THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES

by chuck bell Since the inception of Quiet Color’s Dead Bands column, we have seen a few groups come back to life, including Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbox. However, it was only a matter of time before an active band died on our watch. These Arms Are Snakes are the first of the recently [...]

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: PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES

by chuck bell One would be hard-pressed to find a band name more allusive than Pretty Girls Make Graves. The most obvious reference would be The Smiths’ song from their self-titled album. However, that song refers to a line from Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums, which itself refers to a correspondence between Allen Ginsberg and [...]

DEAD BANDS: MUMM-RA

by chuck bell It is hard to ignore the irony in writing a Dead Bands profile on a group that took their name from the Thundercats villain, “Mumm-Ra the Everliving.” Despite the immortality that their name implied, after nearly eight years of playing together, Mumm-Ra decided to call it quits. Although they had been gaining [...]

DEAD BANDS: COMMANDER VENUS

by chuck bell In a time when most major labels are dying, Saddle Creek Records have remained one of the most self-sufficient, resilient indie labels in the United States today. They built their name on the strength of their three biggest, top-selling bands: Cursive, Bright Eyes and The Faint. What most people don’t remember is [...]

DEAD BANDS: JAWBOX SHOWS SIGNS OF LIFE

by chuck bell Back in May, Dead Bands posted articles on two of the most influential 90′s post-hardcore bands, Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbox. Within weeks, SDRE announced that they were going to reunite for a tour, which coincided with their Sub Pop reissues. In the past few weeks, Jawbox have had a similar [...]

DEAD BANDS: CAP’N JAZZ

by chuck bell It is truly incredible how an entire music scene can boil down to just one band. Not only did Cap’n Jazz change the 90′s indie rock scene in Chicago, but they did so while they were all still just a bunch of kids. Brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella formed the band in [...]

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 [...]