Marvelkind is an eclectic electronic rock band from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Their music is described by rock critic Jim Derogatis as "Gonzo Electro Noise Pop" and they have been compared to bands such as Devo, The Faint, Brainiac, and Mercury Rev. Marvelkind is notable for their expansive use of keyboards and electronics coupled with extremely frenetic live shows.
The band's current lineup was formed in the early fall of 1991 in Naperville, Illinois. The original line-up of Benjamin Hughes, David Golitko, Brent Rickles, Jeremy Lemmon, and Rob Johnson, performed their first show in May, 1991, under the moniker Shangrila. After a West Coast tour in 1993, the band changed their name to Marvelkind (sometimes spelled Marvel Kind).
In the fall of 1993, Johnson departed the group, and was replaced by Aaron Miller. In 1995, Lemmon left to the band and was replaced by Seth Larson. In 1996, they began working with producer and former Mercury Rev and Shady front man David Baker and during the early winter months of 1996 they recorded the Loofa (I Wish I Was Her)/ I'm Electro single which was never officially released.
Over the next two years, they worked with David Baker and Justin Rickles, a.k.a J-Rick. on their debut EP Mini. Mini was released on Throwrug Records and received a fair amount of critical acclaim. It features guest vocals from Lucky Boys Confusion guitarist/vocalist Adam Krier. The band toured over the next few months and officially relocated to Chicago, IL where they built a home recording studio and began working on their second release. They contributed a version of "Trouble" for the Material Issue compilation cd Just What This World Needs, as well as a Christmas single on their own Crashfinder Records. The songs have since been re-released by Volunteer Records on the Holiday Heart benefit CD. Conquering the Universe Chorus Verse was the bands first full-length album and was released in 2001.
In January 2002 Singer, Benjamin Hughes, relocated to Los Angeles, CA. and the band went on a temporary hiatus. Members Aaron Miller, and David Golitko, went on to form Assassins. Over the next few years they managed to continue recording and released their second full-length album State of the Artificial in late 2007.
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