Biography

There are/were at least two bands with this name.

1.Linoleum (Bulgaria) is a pop punk band from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

2. Linoleum (Australia) were a Melbourne-based indie / alternative musical group active during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

3. Linoleum (UK) were a London-based indie / alternative musical group active during the late 1990’s.

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Linoleum UK:

Linoleum UK’s original line up consisted of Caroline Finch - vocals/guitar, Paul Jones - guitar, Emma Tornaro - bass and Dave Nice - drums. This line up changed slightly in 2000 when Paul Jones left the band to join Elastica, he was replaced by Gavin Pearce.

The first few releases in the UK were released on the band’s own label “lino vinyl” and featured sleeves made from linoleum, some of which the band cut out themselves. In December 1996 the band were signed by Geffen for all releases in the rest of the world. The debut album Dissent was recorded at Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade producing whose previous efforts included projects with Radiohead, Hole and the Pixies among others. It received a generally positive reaction but failed to make the breakthrough hoped for leading to a change of label with Fierce Panda releasing later singles and second album The Race from the Burning Building. It is rumoured that they got dropped by their label because of the band (not Caroline) failing to turn up for a gig - their excuse was that their gear was stolen.

The current status of the band in unknown although since 2000 Caroline Finch has been involved in the composition of soundtracks for various films.

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Linoleum Australia:

Linoleum (Australia) were the musical outlet for Neil Brennan (Nello) and his cohort of musical friends all based in the inner-Melbourne area. Linoleum created tuneful indie power-pop, and had some success on Australan independent radio, most notably Triple-J and 3PBS. Members of Linoleum played in many other Melbourne bands of the time, including MacGuffins, Redfish Bluefish, and (earlier) Stick Figures. Nick Allen is still playing with the jazz outfit Portmanteaux.

In 1997 Linoleum signed a contract with the “Id” label, that being the then indie arm of Polygram Australia. Labelmates included D.I.G. and Dave Graney. Id promptly imploded only months after the signing.

Linoleum, as is common for many bands of its ilk, has fallen into disrepair as age and children have taken their toll on its members. At one time or another, all of the following people have played or recorded with Linoleum (Australia):

Nello (Neil Brennan) - vocals, songs, guitars, keys
Marty Rankin - drums
David Carr - guitars, bass
Glen Edmonds - bass
Julian Senserrick - bass
Nick Allen - bass
John Collard - drums
Fiona Furphy - cello
Alice Garner - cello
Gid (Gerard Neil) - cello

Edited by Bohu23 on 13 Jul 2011, 16:04

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