Small Brown Bike

Decades: 1990s 2000s


It is hard to make out if Small Brown Bike was a hard rock or an emo band at heart, but ultimately, it is that exact conflict that set the band apart from their competitors. The quartet originally formed in Marshall, Michigan, USA in 1996, when brothers Ben Reed (guitar/vocals) and Mike Reed (bass/vocals) began jamming with friends, Travis Dopp (guitar/vocals) and Dan Jaquint (drums). Two self-released singles followed, before indie label No Idea offered to release an album by the band, issuing Our Own Wars in June 1999 (the same year a compilation of all the band’s early singles, as well as assorted outtakes, was released under the title Collection). Shortly afterwards, newcomer Scott Flaster took over from Dopp on the guitar.

A solid year of touring followed for Small Brown Bike, both as a headliner and as support for Hot Water Music and Saves The Day. In March 2001, Small Brown Bike’s follow-up, Dead Reckoning, was released. An...

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