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Left to Right: Rocky Votolato, Andrew Hartley, Cody Votolato, Rudy Gajadhar
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Emo, indie rock|
|Labels|| Henry's Finest|
|Associated acts|| Rocky Votolato |
The Blood Brothers
Gatsbys American Dream
Head Wound City
Bugs in Amber
Lying on Loot
|Past members|| Rocky Votolato |
Waxwing was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington.
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and 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.
The band was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of Lying on Loot, of which Rocky Votolato (vocals/guitar) and Rudy Gajadhar (drums) were members. The two began playing music with bassist Andrew Hartley and later recruited Rocky's younger brother Cody as a second guitarist.
Rocky Votolato, is an American singer-songwriter.
Cody Votolato is a musician from Redmond, Washington, best known for being the guitarist in the post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers. He grew up in the eastside suburbs of Seattle. Cody attended Redmond High School with his bandmates in the late 1990s when the band originally formed, graduating Spring of 2000. His accomplished thrashy and discordant style, exhibited in early Blood Brothers albums and in Head Wound City, has evolved into a more melodic and experimental sound in recent years. Votolato's older brother Rocky Votolato is a folk musician and solo artist who played in the band Waxwing with his brother, as well as with Rudy Gajadhar, the older brother of The Blood Brothers' drummer Mark Gajadhar. Votolato also contributed artwork to The Blood Brothers' album ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn. On September 4, 2012, it was announced that Cody has joined Cold Cave as touring guitarist.
The band released a self-titled 7" single for Henry's Finest Recordings before signing with Second Nature Recordings. The band released their debut full-length, For Madmen Only , in 1999 and released a follow-up in 2000, titled One for the Ride . In this time, the band's profile in the Seattle music scene had grown substantially. Rocky had released several solo albums containing material he'd written that didn't fit Waxwing's style while Cody's other band, The Blood Brothers, had gained significant popularity.
Second Nature Recordings is an independent record label based in Kansas City, Missouri. It specializes in indie rock and co-releases vinyl pressings for other labels. The label has released material by Coalesce, The Blood Brothers, Waxwing, These Arms Are Snakes, and The Casket Lottery.
The Blood Brothers were an American post-hardcore band from 1997-2007, formed in Eastside Seattle. The quintet has released five albums to date, as well as numerous side projects on behalf of the members. They reunited for a series of shows surrounding and including FYF Fest in 2014.
The band's 2001 release, Intervention: Collection+Remix , collected the band's numerous vinyl and compilation appearances and a handful of live and rare tracks. In 2002, the band released Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns and toured briefly in support of the album. In early 2003, the band announced they were taking an indefinite hiatus to focus on their other projects, which now included Gajadhar's role as drummer for Gatsbys American Dream. The band officially broke up in late 2005, stating simply "we are finally calling it quits."
Gatsbys American Dream was an American indie rock band based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Since their founding in 2001, they have released four full-length albums and one EP. They have also appeared on several compilations with original songs and covers. The band's self-titled fourth album, their second on Fearless Records, peaked at number 22 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and number 28 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
In 2013 the band briefly re-united to play two shows in Seattle at The Black Lodge and The Vera Project on August 23rd and August 24th, respectively. They also played a live session for the radio station KEXP. In an interview with Seattle website The Stranger in April 2013 Rocky Votolato claimed that the band were working on new music, stating "We have been writing since early this year and can't wait to record another record. Not sure when that will happen but we're definitely planning on it." Rocky also claimed the band had "hopefully many more [live shows] to come". However as of July 2018 no new music or live shows have materialised and the band has not updated their Facebook page since January 2014.
Rocky Votolato has since enjoyed a successful alt-country solo career. Cody Votolato played in The Blood Brothers until their breakup in late 2007. During this time, he was also in Head Wound City with Jordan Blilie, the vocalist for The Blood Brothers, and members of The Locust. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon and is the guitarist of Jaguar Love with Johnny Whitney, The Blood Brothers' other vocalist.
Head Wound City is an American hardcore punk supergroup consisting of Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato both of The Blood Brothers, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, both of The Locust.
Jordan Blilie is the vocalist for the bands Past Lives and Head Wound City, best known as the co-lead vocalist and co-lyricist for The Blood Brothers, from 1997 until their breakup in 2007.
The Locust is an American grindcore band from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grind speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.
Rudy Gajadhar played drums in Bugs in Amber (with Rocky's older brother, Sonny), and also played with Gatsbys American Dream until the release of their 2006 self-titled album, after which point the band went on an unofficial hiatus. The rest of his band went on to play in other bands, not reuniting until 2010.
Andrew Hartley also played as a member of the band Lightheavyweight during the time that Waxwing was active. They released one album on Your Best Guess records before disbanding (members went on to play in Slender Means, which features Rocky's older brother Sonny). He also recorded a track with vocalist James Koppert available as a free download on Myspace under the name 'Vacant Hand Puppet'.
Crimes is the fourth studio album by the American band The Blood Brothers, released on October 12, 2004. It is their second major label album and their first for V2. Produced by John Goodmanson, the album was recorded in two months in the band's hometown of Seattle.
...Burn, Piano Island, Burn is the third full-length studio album by the American post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers, released in March 2003. Produced by Ross Robinson, the album was recorded over two months with a roughly $25,000 budget and serves as the band's first major label album, bringing them the attention of the mainstream media. The album drew widespread critical acclaim, reflected by an average score 82 on Metacritic.
Pablo J. Hinojos-Gonzalez, also known as Paul Hinojos, is an American musician best known as the bass guitarist for At the Drive-In, and former touring member of The Mars Volta. He is also a former guitarist of Sparta.
Slender Means (2003–2010) 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.
The Casket Lottery is an indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri, United States signed to Second Nature Recordings.
Burning My Travels Clean is an album by Rocky Votolato. It was released on April 16, 2002 by the independent label Second Nature Recordings. The album incorporates a number of folk elements, but also contains clear strains of rock music. The major themes of the album include his relationship with his wife and his dedication to music. The album received very little press upon its release, going unmentioned by both the independent and mainstream music critic publications.
March on Electric Children is the second studio album by the American post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers, released in February 2002. Produced by Matt Bayles, the album was recorded in one week on a $3000 budget and has been described by singer Jordan Blilie as "crazier" and "more complex" than the band's previous effort, This Adultery Is Ripe.
Sharks Keep Moving were a short-lived Seattle rock band that formed in 1998. The band’s original lineup consisted of Jake Snider (guitar/vocals), Nathan Turpen (guitar), Jeff DeGolier (bass), and Dan Dean (drums). Their music was a melodic, often soft, brand of rock with odd time signatures and an almost freeform jazz influence.
This Adultery Is Ripe is the debut studio album by the American post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers, released in August 2000. Produced by Matt Bayles, this album was recorded over a weekend on a limited budget, and has been described as "stripped-down" and catchy by singer Jordan Blilie The artwork to This Adultery Is Ripe is almost entirely composed of pictures taken from the 1967 film The Graduate, which is described as a "cinematic masterpiece" in the liner notes.
Rumors Laid Waste is an EP by The Blood Brothers, which was issued on February 2003 through Luckyhorse Industries, with a 10" vinyl edition issued by Sound Virus. The release acts as a compilation of early recordings made by the band recorded between 1998 and 1999. The release shows off the band's early hardcore punk-influenced sound, being rather simplistic compared to their later releases. The release also features the only recordings that feature founding guitarist Devin Welch, who would eventually be replaced by mainstay guitarist Cody Votolato
Young Machetes is the fifth and final studio album by the American post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers, which was released October 10, 2006. Lyrically, the album "remains firmly rooted in the surreal consciousness, rage and oblique politics the Blood Brothers have always embraced. It also reveals a new, once-bitten wisdom." Heather Phares of Allmusic said of the album:
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