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Eleventh Dream Day

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Eleventh Dream Day was founded in 1983 by Rick Rizzo (guitar, vocals), Janet Beveridge Bean (drums, vocals) and Shu Shubat (bass). Shortly thereafter, Baird Figi chased Shubat from the band with tense guitar lines and feedback and Douglas McCombs joined the fray on bass.
1987 saw the release of their debut self- titled ep on Amoeba and the band hit the road to spread the word. Amoeba released both “Prarie School Freakout” and the “Wayne” ep in 1988. New Rose in France released “Prairie School Freakout” in Europe beginning a long and beautiful “menage” with the folks overseas. Atlantic records took a chance on “alternative music” and signed the band, releasing “Beet” in 1989.

Thus far the band’s recordings had served mostly to document the band in a live setting. “Borscht”, recorded at Chicago’s Lounge Ax and released in early 1990, captured the band’s carthartic energy in front of a full house. Rizzo’s taut narrative tales were often buried in the scorching guitar lines. On 1991’s “Lived To Tell”, the band recorded in a Kentucky tobacco barn, attempting to marry that live legacy to a more adventuresome assortment of instrumentation (legal in Kentucky) and enhanced clarity. The grind of endless touring took it’s toll on Figi and he left the band in 1992. Replacing him was Matthew “wink” O’bannon who, despite a looser, more bluesy style, introduced his own particular brand of psychosis to the mix. 1992 saw other changes as well- corporate restructuring at Atlantic made for a confused marketing effort and Eleventh Dream Day attempted to exploit a loophole in their contract to depart the label.

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  • tkdcoach

    criminally underrated band I happened to see live on 5/1/14 at Zanzabar in Louuisville, KY. Sure glad I caught them cause they're great.

    6 May 2:01am Reply
  • owlies

    what album should I start with?

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • ingoherzke

    exactly, juggernautride. also check out jant beveridge beans wonderful country outfit Freakwater, everyone.

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JuggernautRide

    This is a great band, and probably the most underappreciated American band of the last 30 years! Just look at the listening numbers here...a damn shame. Their influence is everywhere though. And they are still going strong!

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • chickrocksteady

    late to the pardy with these guys. pretty rockin. they seem to be the kind of band you would see somewhere and think 'these are real good' but then you will forget about them

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • candimpledme

    i just found the band nice voices

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • OnOneWheel

    New CD 'Riot Now!' sounding good.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • CWalsh

    They sound pretty good for that early 90's genre that has no name.

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • mrshankly_

    the song tarantula rocks so well, listen to it if you haven't

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SeattleJQueen

    Last century, I meant.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • SeattleJQueen

    "After This Time Is Gone" is one of the finest rock songs of the century.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • dannyjelinek

    Please come to LA!

    24 Jan 2008 Reply
  • HeLaughed

    Playing TONIGHT (October 17) at the Subterranean with Canasta & Lesser Birds of Paradise. $10 at the door. 18+. Come and listen!

    17 Oct 2007 Reply
  • octopus_project

    an excellent band with an excellent sound!

    12 Aug 2007 Reply
  • mbeachy

    i'm a little surprised that mekons is listed as the most similar artist to edd, but perhaps my listening habits have influenced this a bit...

    8 Apr 2007 Reply
  • grampish

    edd rocks my socks

    3 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Montesol

    uh, I don't think this bio is about the Eleventh Dream Day with Rick Rizzo, Janet Bean, Douglas McCombs, and Mark Greenberg (at least on Zeroes and Ones. THAT Eleventh Dream Day is perhaps my favorite rock combo.

    2 Nov 2006 Reply

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