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Hamster Theatre

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Mark Harris (vocals, flute, clarinet, reeds, winds, saxophone, percussion);
Mike Johnson (guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion);
Dave Willey (guitar, accordion, keyboards, bass guitar, drums);
Emily Bowman (viola);
Jon Stubbs (trombone, keyboards, bass guitar, triangle);
Raoul Rossiter (marimba, drums, percussion);
Brian McDougall,
Matt Spencer (bass guitar).

Hamster Theatre is an American band based in Boulder, Colorado specializing in complex music that defies all genre boundaries. The band was formed in 1993 by Dave Willey (formerly of Big Foot Torso) and Jon Stubbs. They were inspired by European artists outside the commercial mainstream, such as Nimal and Fem Soker En Skaat. Original members also included Deborah Perry (keyboards, vocals), Steve Doyle (guitar), Greg LaLiberte (saxes, flute), and josh wright (drums). Willey plays keyboards, guitar and melodeon; Stubbs handles bass, keyboards, trombone and miscellaneous other instruments.

The band’s first album, Songs from the Hamster Theatre, was recorded on four-track cassette and released in 1995 on Prolific Records. Personnel changes abounded, and it was not until 1996 that the band recorded again. At this point, Willey and Stubbs were joined by Mark Harris (winds, reeds), Mike Johnson (guitar), Mike Fitzmaurice (bass), and Raoul Rossiter (drums). Harris and Johnson are also in Thinking Plague. An album called Siege on Hamburger City was recorded live at the Mercury Cafe in 1998.

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  • Rubybeck

    New York City tomorrow!!

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nyctalops

    это есть шик

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Omnioblivion

    One of the best avant-prog bands.

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • pushbuttonmagic

    Whilst listening to this I half expected a be-trench coated Frenchman to step out from an alleyway and offer me a bicycle ride to an animal peep show!

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • AstroDomine

    Very unique sound I recommend it!

    9 May 2008 Reply
  • FijneWIET

    Canterbury, psychedelic, avant-garde, progressive, alternative, whimsical, post-rock... you choose!

    27 Oct 2007 Reply
  • thishannah

    this band sounds exactly like you would expect a band called Hamster Theater to sound....in a really good way.

    19 Sep 2007 Reply

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