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Six Finger Satellite

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Providence, Rhode Island, USA (1990 – 2001, 1999 – present)

Six Finger Satellite (a.k.a. 6FS) are an American synthesizer-based post-hardcore band, based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

The band formed in 1990 around a line up of J. Ryan (singer/keyboards), John MacLean (guitar), Peter Phillips (guitar), Chris Dixon (bass), and Rick Pelletier (drums). They submitted a demo of watered-down grunge rock to Sub Pop Records, who, to their surprise, signed them and released the demo as the four-song Weapon EP in 1992.

Six Finger Satellite’s first full-length album, The Pigeon Is The Most Popular Bird, was released in 1993, with Kurt Niemand replacing Dixon on bass. The record more accurately represented the band’s vision of cyborg-esque post-punk, and was recorded by Bob Weston, whose band Shellac named their 1994 single, The Bird is the Most Popular Finger in tribute. In 1994, 6FS released the Machine Cuisine EP, which was recorded entirely with synthesizers, suggesting the band’s future direction. Their 7” single supposedly recorded “live at the A.C.I.” was not actually recorded live at that prison, though its tongue-in-cheek liner notes purport thusly.

In the meantime, Phillips had left the band and Niemand had died of a drug overdose. James Apt (bass) joined for the 1995 album Severe Exposure, which represented a fusion of their synth- and guitar-driven sounds. The low-budget music video for the song “Parlour Games,” from this album, was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. The synths became more dominant still on 1996’s Paranomalized, especially on the porno/elevator-music song “Coke And Mirrors.”

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