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The Raymond Brake


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA (1994 – 1998)

The Raymond Brake was an American indie rock band that formed in the mid-1990s in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Members of the band included Andy Cabic - guitar/vocals, Ryan Stewart - guitar/vocals, Peder Hollinghurst - bass, Matt Houston - bass, and Joel Darden - drums. After the band split in 1998, singer/guitarist Andy Cabic moved to San Francisco. He is currently the driving force behind Vetiver.

Their first releases were two 7” records, both released in 1994. A debut full length CD, Piles of Dirty Winters was released on Arlington, Virginia indie label Simple Machines in 1995 followed by a split 7”. Reviews of their releases often noted that the band’s sound blended strange tunings and timings with hooks and melody, observations which in turn led to comparisons to similarly hard to define bands such as Polvo and Grifters. The band achieved a certain amount of success by embarking on a tour of the U.S. in 1996 with Karate, Archers of Loaf, and Liquorice. However, the same year saw The Raymond Brake’s final release: the well-crafted (and sadly out of print) Never Work Ever CD EP on Hepcat Records. By 1998 the band had played their last show.

Singer/guitarist Andy Cabic took the band’s implosion as a cue to change his surroundings, moved to San Francisco, and fell in with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom’s ragtag band of indie folksters.


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