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Slender Means

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Slender Means performing in St. George, Utah at The Electric Theater. Pictured: Josh Dawson
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2003 2010
Website www.slendermeans.com
Members Josh Dawson
Sonny Votolato
Paul Pugliese
David E. Martin
Eric Wennberg

Slender Means (20032010) was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. Their debut album, Neon & Ruin on Mt. Fuji Records, was released Tuesday, August 23, 2005 on Mt. Fuji Records. In 2007 they put out a five-song E.P. containing previously unreleased material and a live track from the 90.3 KEXP show, Audio Oasis. On November 15, 2009 they released their 2nd LP "Adrift In The Cosmos." The writing of their 3rd LP came to an abrupt halt at the end of 2010 when the band decided to take an extended hiatus until finally announcing they had officially broken up. Some of the other members are still busy playing in other projects. Eric Wennberg had a project called Mal de Mer, and more recently joined up with The Young Evils. Eric and Josh and Paul have also been recording some material in a new project called, Timbre Barons. Paul Pugliese is playing in the surfy, gypsy jazz trio "Johnny NordstrUm and the Retailers." Dave E. Martin joined up with the Pop/Rock band Black Whales in September opf 2010. He was asked to fill in on keyboards for a show after Mike Bayer decided to leave the band to focus on his other music projects. Black Whales released their debut full-length record "Shangri-La Indeed!"on June 28, 2011. Martin contributed keyboards to 6 tracks and a musical saw track that was looped at the beginning of the album's opening song. Sonny Votolato recently played bass on his brother Rocky's "Television Of Saints" record. In March 2012, Sonny, Paul and Dave reunited to form the new band "Bye Gones" with Drummer Abdon Valdez. Their first show was played at Sweet Lou's in North Seattle on August 18, 2012. Bye Gones was a very short lived project and came to an end around October 2012. However, Martin has continued to write songs for yet another project under the moniker, Ghost Pains along with Absolute Monarchs drummer Michael Stubz.

Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.

Mt. Fuji Records

Mt. Fuji Records was an independent record label based in Seattle, Washington. Their roster included rock bands such as Little Brazil, The Cops and Slender Means. As of 26 November, 2012, they are defunct.

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