The Suede Chain disbanded in July of 1997. Members
Never content to wear the overused "alternative
rock band" tag, the genre-bending Suede Chain incorporate American Roots, Classical, and Swing elements in their stunning live performances. Their studio recordings are an obvious extension of the diversity.
Though eminently capable of honoring simplicity, it is The Suede Chain's eccentric musical arrangements that hold the listener long after the seduction has faded. By fully integrating cello and violin with a standard four piece alternative rock format, The Suede Chain upsets the notion that strings must only be a background flourish.
The Suede Chain's strong midwestern fan base, many successful tours, and support from the burgeoning Champaign music scene brought the band national recognition. They've shared the stage with such artists as Oasis, Sheryl Crow, Matthew Sweet, Spin Docters, Nil Lara, Poi Dog Pondering, Frente, Freddie Jones Band, De La Soul, Soul Hat, and House of Large Sizes.
Band Member Updates
Guitarist Brian Krumm went on to form THE GREAT CRUSADES who since recorded and released "first spilled drink of the evening" on Mud Records. The Great Crusades also feature former Chain bassist Brian Hunt and childhood friend and "ripplemark" collaborator and string arranger Christian Moder. The Great Crusades performed a three week tour of Germany and Austria in June of 1999. The band's follow-up release is due out in early February, 2000. The band currently resides in Chicago.
Matt and Jason relocated to Los Angeles and formed DOCTER, playing in and around Los Angeles. The group is currently working on material for a full-length release.
|Check out Aaron Lanterman's article about our last show. The article appeared in St. Louis Publication "Night Times."|