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Mistle Thrush

Biography

Mistle Thrush was formed in the Boston area in 1993 by Valerie Forgione (vocals, guitar, theremin), Scott Patalano (guitar), Todd Demma (drums), Ruben Layman (bass) and Brad Rigney (guitar). They named themselves after a bird that eats mistletoe berries, supposedly because of its combination of a sweet voice with a diet that would be poisonous to most animals.

Mistle Thrush released their fist EP Agus Amarach in 1994. This was followed a year later by the full-length Silt, with Brad Rigney replaced on guitar and bass by Matthew Kattman. Both albums were marked by dreamy, ethereal, yet melody-minded songwriting as well as Valerie Forgione’s distinctive voice.

Mistle Thrush’s second full-length album Super Refraction, released in 1997, was poppier and enjoyed relative success in the Boston area, including heavy airplay on local rock radio stations and awards for Best Indie Album and Best Female Vocalist at the Boston Music Awards. The band took on a vigorous tour schedule to support the album, gaining a reputation as one of Boston’s best live acts, but losing two members in the process.

Mistle Thrush continued to tour, but took a five-year break from recording before releasing Drunk With You in 2002. The lineup for this album was Valerie Forgione, Todd Demma, Scott Patalano and Matthew Klain on bass. Their most pop-minded effort yet, Drunk With You received some strong initial reviews, but did not live up to the success of Super Refraction.

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  • spacebore

    awesome

    10 Feb 8:23pm Reply
  • Yamamanama

    I can't stop listening to them.

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • smj_crash

    One of my all-time favorite Boston bands from the 90s. Used to drive back up from NYC just to catch their shows.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DrewciferCDXX

    Valerie once wrote me a haiku.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • swirlyboy

    I love you, Valerie

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • swirlyboy

    The Honey Trip...their masterpiece!!

    3 Jun 2007 Reply
  • swirlyboy

    Agreed. They are criminally overlooked on last.fm. Years from now I know I'll be listening to Mistle Thrush.

    1 Apr 2007 Reply
  • cherchik

    Freshwater, Cicada and The Sleep Song are some of my favorites... Unfairly underrated here on last.fm ((

    10 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Iridescence

    Cicada is such a gorgeous song...

    17 Jan 2007 Reply
  • TheFool

    Wow, it's great to find other Mistle Thrush fans on last.fm! We should start a group.

    29 Nov 2006 Reply
  • swirlyboy

    One of my fav bands of all-time. Great live performers. Valerie's voice so sweet. A very passionate band. Long live Mistle Thrush!

    1 Aug 2006 Reply

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