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Shudder to Think
Origin Washington, D.C.
Genres Indie rock, post-hardcore
Years active 1986-1998
2007-present
Labels Dischord Records
Your Choice Records
Epic Records
Associated acts Craig Wedren, Mind Science of the Mind, A Camp
Members
Craig Wedren
Nathan Larson
Stuart Hill
Former members
Chris Matthews
Mike Russell
Adam Wade
Kevin March

Shudder to Think is an American indie rock group. Formed in 1986, they released three albums on the Washington, D.C.-based label Dischord Records and have been called a post-hardcore band, although they drew upon a wide range of stylistic influences, including pop.

Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think)

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History

The band's first lineup was Craig Wedren (vocals and guitar), Chris Matthews (guitar), Stuart Hill (bass) and Mike Russell (drums). In this incarnation, the band released two singles and one album (Curse, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses, 1989) before being signed by the Dischord label. Three albums were then released (Ten-Spot, 1990, Funeral at the Movies, 1991, and Get Your Goat, 1992), before the band gained greater exposure by touring with Fugazi and the Smashing Pumpkins; with their May 7, 1992 show in Albig, Germany being released by Tobby Holzinger as Your Choice Live Series Vol.21[1].

Swiz ex-bassist Nathan Larson (guitars) and ex-Jawbox drummer Adam Wade replaced Matthews and Russell in 1992, immediately prior to a contract with Epic, with whom Pony Express Record was released in 1994. The album's angular, mathematical post-modernism earned it a devoted cult following.

Over the next few years, Wedren successfully battled Hodgkin's Disease, Larson recorded an album with side project band Mind Science of the Mind, and Wade left the group. He was replaced by Kevin March, formerly drummer with Dambuilders.

They released another album, 50,000 B.C., in 1997. The band also worked on music for soundtracks including First Love, Last Rites and High Art. In 1998, the band wrote and performed two songs for the film Velvet Goldmine.

However, 1998 marked Larson's departure and the end of the group. Wedren has pursued a solo career, including an appearance on the Down to You soundtrack with Didn't Mean to Do You Harm, and contributed backing vocals to Verve Pipe's 1999 eponymous album.

Both Larson and Wedren have gone on to create highly regarded music for films. Wedren also makes solo music, and released his debut album, Lapland, in 2005. Larson has formed a new band called Hot One.

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Quasi-reunion

Wedren, Larson, and March performed a brief set together on September 17, 2007 at The Mercury Lounge in New York City.[2] On February 4, 2008, Larson and Wedren performed together at the Barack Rock event — in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign — organized by Wedren for http://www.getupandvote.com.

Shudder to Think performed at the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore on August 10, 2008, at the Park West in Chicago on September 5, 2008, at the Virgin Festival in Toronto on September 6, 2008, and at The 10th Annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans on October 24-26, 2008.

The band headlined their own small tour for the fall of 2008.

Influence on Other Bands

Shudder to Think has been listed as an influence by other bands - Incubus went as far as covering part of "X-French Tee Shirt" in their song "Nowhere Fast" during Lollapalooza [1]. Jeff Buckley also listed Shudder to Think as a favorite band of his [2]. Pearl Jam also invited Shudder to Think to open for them on a tour of Australia in 1998, and even played a snippet of the Shudder song "Pebbles" during their set [3]. Thursday has also listed the band as a major influence.[3]

Band members

  • Craig Wedren - vocals,guitars
  • Chris Matthews - guitars
  • Stuart Hill - bass
  • Mike Russell - drums & backing vocals
  • Adam Wade - drums & backing vocals
  • Nathan Larson - guitar & backing vocals
  • Mark Watrous - guitar & backing vocals
  • Kevin March - drums

Discography

Albums

Singles

  • It Was Arson (1988, Sammich)
  • Catch of the Day (1990, Trout, split w/ Unrest)
  • Medusa Seven (1990, Hoss)
  • Hit Liquor / No Room 9, Kentucky 7" (1992, Dischord)
  • Hit Liquor (1994, Dischord)
  • X - French T-Shirt / Shake Your Halo Down 7" (1994, Dischord)
  • S/T (Live) (1994, Epic)

Soundtracks

Compilations

  • Funeral at the Movies/Ten Spot
  • O Come All Ye Faithful (Rock For Choice) - 1996

References


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