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There are at least two bands by this name. Fans of the queercore band from Olympia should fix their tags to point to The Need

1) NEED started in 2003 as a heavy-prog band by guitarist Ravaya and in 2004 they recorded their first promo cd entitled “Avoidinme”. The 39-minute cd got enthusiastic reviews from the press.

Thus was NEED included in three compilation cd’s (Psychic Vol.1 from British Nonego records, Sic Team’s Blessed are Sic Vol. 1 and Let the Asskickin begin Vol.1 by Gangbang Press) which increased NEED’s reputation in the underground.

Shortly after the release of “Avoidinme” the band’s line-up changed and became what NEED is today.
The change in line-up brought new ideas and enriched NEED’s sound to a heavier edge with some aggressive elements.

Soon after, the band started working on new material for their first full-length album which is entitled “The Wisdom Machine” while at the same time appeared live in various local clubs and metalfests.

To promote their work the band released a 4-track promo cd with demo versions of songs that are included in their debut album. “Promo 2006” also got exquisite reviews and opened the way for the release of “The Wisdom Machine”…

Taken from their official website: http://www.needband.com

2) The Need was a queercore band that originating in Olympia, Washington in the late 1990s. Formed by Rachel Carns, drums and vocals, and Radio Sloan, guitar and bass guitar, both were veterans of other indie rock bands. Rachel was previously in Kicking Giant, The Fakes, Witchypoo, Slant 6 and Ce Be Barns Band, which Radio had been a member of as well.

The band’s first project was Margie Ruskie Stops Time, released in 1996 by Kill Rock Stars, on which The Need provided the music to accompany the words and vocals of Miranda July. Their music has been described by one critic as “…post structuralist, deconstructive punk rock…”

On their last album, The Need Is Dead, recorded in 2000, they further expanded their range of instrumentation with the addition of synthesizer and samples contributed by Joe Preston of The Melvins, and theremin, played by producer Mike Lastra of Smegma. After this the band parted ways and Rachel Carns now performs in the band Twin, formally called King Cobra, while Radio Sloan has been in the bands The Circuit Side, Fact or Fiction and Courtney Love’s recent all-female backing band The Chelsea. As well, she did a guest stint with LA band Scarling., and played guitar on Le Tigre’s 2005 album This Island.

Edited by larrybob on 14 Nov 2007, 01:27

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