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The brainchild of Seaweed’s Aaron Stauffer (vocals/guitars) and the Screaming Trees’ Van Conner (guitars, keyboards, drums), Gardener’s origins date back to the late ’80s, when Stauffer missed a show by the Screaming Trees on his 16th birthday. He began calling the band on a regular basis, inviting them to play with him; eventually, he and the band became friends. Meanwhile, Stauffer formed Seaweed with drummer Alan Cage, bassist John Atkins, and guitarist Clint Werner.

As the Seattle scene gained worldwide prominence, Seaweed and the Trees found themselves touring together frequently. During a 1996 U.K. tour, the two groups finally collaborated, writing two songs that would appear on Gardener’s 1999 debut album New Dawning Time. The new group added to their lineup when Conner recruited his brother Pat (sitar, drums) and friend Adrian Makins (bass, slide guitar).

Shortly after, Stauffer moved to North California to pursue a more rural, rugged life, penning more songs and incorporating more members — including a tabla player and a flutist — into Gardener. Their debut featured a more expansive, arranged sound than that of either the Screaming Trees or Seaweed, with flourishes of sitar, Mellotron, and flute rather than the charged rock sound of Gardener’s parent bands.


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  • substate

    more people need to listen to this band. i can't believe i'm responsible for almost 25% of all plays.

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • toweringfool007

    stuff sounds great to me, so far... if you couldn't even STAND it enough to listen thru the CD... what the hell are you doing hear???? get gone chum~>>>>>>> elements of the awesome seaweed AND screaming trees??? jeez!!! can't wait for new seaweed album said to be in works.. will buy the CD!!! fosho! weezy, an slayer-bitchez~!

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • glassjaw02

    yeah that edovan guy sucks

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • substate

    great story, edovan.

    22 Mar 2008 Reply
  • edovan

    Funny... I got this album in a lot I bought really cheap, and I really don't like it that much (couldn't even bother to listen to the whole album..). Still, I'm considered a top listener... haha.. :)

    2 Feb 2008 Reply
  • marcitolina

    great band!

    21 Jan 2007 Reply

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