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The Meeting Places

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The Meeting Places was founded in September 2001 in Los Angeles, California by four guitarists, including Scott McDonald (Closedown, Alison’s Halo and Brad Laner’s post-Medicine project, Amnesia), the architect of the quartet’s signature reverberating washes. Dean Yoshihara soon shifted to drum kit, Arthur Chan lent his talents to bass guitar, and singer and lyricist Chase Harris remained on rhythm guitar.

In Autumn 2002 the band recorded their debut album (Find Yourself Along the Way) at The Ship with Aaron Espinoza, the famed musician (Earlimart) and producer (The New Folk Implosion, Eliot Smith, The Breeders). Each member contributed to the songwriting process (Dean and Arthur picking up the guitar again for passages in “Take to the Sun” and “On Our Own” respectively). Find Yourself Along the Way is a stream of peerless compositions that inconspicuously tours the best of the early 1990s dream pop scene. But, due in large part to Harris’ deliciously nonchalant voice, the songwriting progresses from that scene with momentum towards a sparkling style of noise-pop that is equally memorable and provocative. The album appeared on the Top Albums of 2003 lists of several publications around the world, with critics noting the record’s crafty juxtaposition of ambience and tunefulness.

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