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Space Needle

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If the indulgent guitar rock of the early ’90s was the party, Space Needle was the sound of its hangover. Mixing ballads with noise, they sounded like a melange of three guys writing sensitive love songs in a room while another trio improvises free noise freakouts down the hallway. Why aren’t they better known? The answer has everything to do with circumstance, career path, context, and all the other reasons great bands never fully get their due until long after their demise. Seeing how apparently everyone else has caught up with them (see Animal Collective and Black Dice for starters) the time seems right for a retrospective.

Formed in 1994 by Jud Ehrbar and Jeff Gatland in Providence, RI (joined later by Anders Parker of Varnaline), Space Needle released two albums in their time, “Voyager” and “The Moray Eels Eat The Space Needle.” Both releases have come to be regarded among the best rock albums of the ’90s, but have suffered obscurity for years after being out of print.

With “Recordings 1994-1997,” Space Needle returns from hibernation. The album represents the best of the band’s work together, along with the little seen video for “Before I Lose My Style.” Maybe this time around, they’ll get their due.

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  • pinkpressthreat

    ♡ ♠

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lisasedge

    Never lonely alone....

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bigMATTz

    my friend clint gave me one of their cds. i'm astounded

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • timothyclark

    I wish this band would re-unite.

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • IanCad

    man this is greatt

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • theizziemaxson

    love love love this band.

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • entromc

    CD was slipped to me recently by a friend who does pure noise. never heard them in the slightest. "Where the fuck's my wallet?" sounds like it could have been made two days ago in the post rock scheme of things. Beautiful shit.

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ffxi_frohike

    Wow, I love the description of this band... and it's absolutely true. When I heard AC and Black Dice, I immediately thought of these guys and wondered what happened with them. Even though they never received the recognition they deserved, people were obviously listening.

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • carpenter78

    I do not underrate them at all. But yeah, they really rule!

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fahayeklives

    Underrated band. These guys rule.

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Lopatamd

    Never Lonely Alone <3 awesome song

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dioMUERTE

    ego death

    6 Oct 2007 Reply