|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||alt-country americana indie rock indie rock alternative singer-songwriter folk|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Discography Official Homepage Wikipedia|
Formed by singer-songwriter Howe Gelb (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) in his home town of Tucson, Arizona, USA, in 1980 with Rainer (Rainer Ptacek, 7 June 1951, East Berlin, Germany, d. 12 November 1997, Tucson, Arizona, USA; guitar) and Billy Sed (drums). This line-up recorded a four-track EP as Giant Sandworms on a local label before departing for New York, where Seds drug escapades forced a return to Arizona. They were joined by David Seger (bass) for a further EP, before he left to join Naked Prey. His replacement was Scott Gerber. Shortly afterwards the bands name was changed to Giant Sand (the original name had unintentional connotations with the wildlife in Frank Herberts science fiction novel Dune), with Gelb firing all personnel except Gerber in the process. Ptacek, though, reappeared in Gelbs countrified alter ego group, the Band Of Blacky Ranchette. Tom Larkins, who played concurrently with Naked Prey, joined as drummer, and...