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The White Octave

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Chapel Hill NC, United States (1998 – 2001)

Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The White Octave formed when Steven Pederson, (formerly of Slowdown Virginia and Cursive, currently of Criteria) moved away from Omaha to study law at Duke University in 1998.

The White Octave consists of Stephen Pederson (guitar/vox), Linc Hancock (bass/vox), Finn Cohen (guitar), and Rob Biggers (drums). The band put together 13 songs for their debut release, Style No. 6312, on Deep Elm Records in 2000. While on Deep Elm Records, they were on a number of compilations, such as ‘Deep Elm Records: Unreleased No. 2’, ‘Too Young To Die: Preventing Youth Suicide’, and ‘Emo Diaries No. 5’. They also released a split with the band Sorry About Dresden in 2000.

The White Octave left Deep Elm, and later released their sophomore album, Menergy, on the now defunct Initial Records in 2001. The band broke up when Stephen Pederson left North Carolina to move back to Omaha, where he later formed Criteria. Finn Cohen and Rob Biggers went on to form The Nein

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