Sunday, June 22, 2008


Christie Front Drive was an indie-rock/emo outfit formed in Denver in October, 1993, part of a Colorado post-hardcore scene. Citing as influences Superchunk, Sunny Day Real Estate, Buffalo Tom and Drive Like Jehu. The lineup consisted of Ron Marschall (drums), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass) and Eric Richter (guitar and vocals).The band first released their highly sought after, self-titled, 6-song 12” on Freewill Records in 1994 , followed by a s/t 7” on freewill and 2 split 7” records with various bands (Sineater, Jimmy Eat World, plus a 7-inch compilation on Germany’s X-Miss label called For Want Of, named after the Rites Of Spring song). The band later released a split 10”/CD with Kansas City’s Boy's Life on LA’s Crank! Records, and then their self-titled swan song, the “Stereo” album, which was released on the Lincoln, Nebraska label, Caulfield Records. The band called it quits in May, 1996, but played two separate unannounced/word of mouth house shows later in the year (one at thanksgiving and the final show on new year’s eve). Later, Caulfield released an anthology CD of Christie Front Drive’s earliest recordings. Most recently, Christie Front Drive re-united for a one-off show in September of 2007 as a part of the third annual Denver Music Fest.Members of the band have resurfaced in: Antarctica and subsequentlyOva Loovan(Richter), The Mighty Rime (McDonald), The Blue Ontario(Marschall and Begin), the Prole Art 3 (Marschall), The Reports (McDonald), the November Trio (McDonald), and Guppies eat their young (Marschall) and The 101 (Richter).
I can't figure out why I like this band. They were too wimpy compared to what I was listening to at the time but for some unknown reason I loved this band. I hear the same thing from hardcore kids on message boards - there is something quite special about this band.


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