First Breath After Coma (9:40)

Cover of The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

From The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place and 18 other releases

These four sensitive gentlemen of instrumental rock describe their band as a close but dysfunctional family who have been financially unstable. Austin, Texas has been their home base for several years, allowing them to become allies with bands such as the very beautiful American Analog Set, the completely awe inspiring Lift To Experience, and the sonically destructive And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

All three guitar players grew up in the “boring town” of Midland, Texas (hometown of former Governor, George W. Bush). These creative men have been friends since 1993, and moved to the state’s capitol at different times (96’, 97’, 98’). Michael is a skilled guitarist who studied music in high school and played in several other rock bands. Mark has a degree in English from the University of Texas. Munaf is the youngest member (six years younger than Chris), but you cannot tell his age from the exotic sounds coming from his amps.



Chris (the eldest band member) grew up in Rockford, IL. This powerful drummer moved to Austin in early 1999 (to attend college) with his friend Kurt Volk. Both men are indie film makers, who made an interesting documentary about the premier of Star Wars - Episode I. Chris put up a flyer in a local record store (adorned with eagles, suns, mountains and dogs) that read “wanted: sad, triumphant, rock band”. One of the guitar players observed the flyer, and that sparked the birth of the band.

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