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The Need

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There are at least two bands called The Need.

1. Started in the late 1990s, and broke up in 2000 formed by Rachel Carns and Radio Sloan as a “queercore band”.

2. Originated in Brisbane, Australia by Bradley Stokes, Pharos Roche, and Steven Leslie in March, 2012. (Alternative Rock)

1. The Need was a queercore band that originated in Olympia, Washington in the late 1990s. It was formed by Rachel Carns (drums and vocals) and Radio Sloan (guitar and bass guitar); both were veterans of other indie rock bands. Carns was previously in Kicking Giant, The Fakes, Witchypoo, Slant 6. Both members of The Need were in CeBe Barnes Band along with Miranda July and Sleater-Kinney drummer Toni Gogin. The Need made their debut in Olympia, Washington, and, in the summer of 1996, they played at the Dirtybird Queercore Festival in San Francisco.

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. July also performed with the band at the Dirty Bird Festival.

Their last album, recorded in 2000, was titled The Need Is Dead. On this recording 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.

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