Formed in San Francisco, California, USA by fellow bandmates of goth metal outfit Nitre Pit, Greg Saunier (Maryland, USA; drums) and Rob Fisk (b. California, USA; guitar), the line-up of this experimental rock act has fluctuated since its conception in 1994. Satomi Matsuzaki (b. 9 February 1974, Tokyo, Japan; bass/vocals) joined in 1996 after hearing Fisk and Sauniers debut 7-inch single for Kill Rock Stars. By the time of the release of their second album Kelly Goode (b. California, USA; keyboards) had joined the band. Thriving on simplicity, discordance and dissonance, sections of 1999s Holdypaws held a vague resemblance to previous work by Stereolab, albeit taking a much more guitar-based abrasive post-rock stance than the influential London, England-based act. It was clear that both acts had been inspired by the early work of the Velvet Underground. Holdypaws differed from their 1997 debut The Man, The King, The Girl, and was much more song-based,...
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