this fanlisting thing all about and why would I want to do it?
fanlisting is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's a list if fans that
spans across the internet, thus linking fans and similar minds together by a
common interest. It's a way of displaying your unhealthy obsessions, or
worshippy status of a particular person, place, thing or concept. If you adore
Switchblade Symphony, chances are you want to show your love by being listed,
and if you have a site---by placing a code on your page.
If not...shame on you!! :P
Ummm, if you're actually wondering who they are, then
you might not want to go rushing around and getting all join-y before you've
actually heard some of their music. There's a pretty comprehensive discography on
the imagemap, and if you're ultra lazy you can click here.
Once upon a time in the year 1989, operatically-trained Tina Root and
film scorer Susan Wallace met through San Francisco's goth music
network. They saw in each other what was missing in their current
projects, and a new collaboration was born. Together, Tina's vocals
and Susan's keyboards and programming made for a wickedly dramatic mix,
one which they described as different musical styles cut up and
reassembled...or a Switchblade Symphony.
Early on, Switchblade Symphony won a dedicated local following and sold
self-released cassettes at shows. But when Cleopatra Records signed
Switchblade Symphony to release their first full-length album, Tina and
Susan were on their way to becoming the darlings of the darkwave
scene. 1995's Serpentine Gallery, with its lush layers and
industrial beats, gained the band critical acclaim and tour dates with
In 1997 Bread & Jam for Frances was released, marking a new
path for Switchblade Symphony, both in terms of members and sound.
Tina and Susan remained at the core of the group and introduced drum loops
and samples into their repetoire. They continued to tour both on
their own and with acts such as Frontline Assembly, Gary Numan and legends
Sisters of Mercy.
Touted as a fusion of Switchblade Symphony's earlier, darker work and
their later experimentalism, 1999's Three Calamities may also be
their final album. The latest news is that while they have not
officially broken up, they are on hold for the moment. The last
thing Switchblade Symphony has released to date is a cover of 'Lucky Star'
for a Madonna tribute album.
[bio kindly taken from lisa
More on Switchblade Symphony:
Switchblade Symphony, a compelling
union of chemistry and circuitry, was formed in San Francisco in
1989 by composer Susan Wallace and vocalist Tina Root. These
talented artists took dreamy, dark visual imagery, the poetry of
alienation, and the timeless romance and grandeur of classical and
theatrical styles of music, and layered these elements over dynamic
heavy beat industrial and lush electronica to create a unique and
vivid auditory tapestry Their intense, theatrical live performances
in San Francisco and self-released cassettes created a buzz in the
underground alternative scene. Their first full-length album,
Serpentine Gallery, debuted in 1995 on
and attracted the attention of the underground music press. In 1996,
the band embarked on their first U.S. tour, with labelmates
Christian Death and Big Electric Cat. George Earth joined them as
their live guitarist, and Eric Gebow as their live drummer.
Switchblade Symphony soon found themselves at the forefront of
the alternative darkwave movement which noticed a visible, high
profile resurfacing in the 90s.
For their spring, 1997 tour,
Switchblade Symphony released Scrapbook, a fans only EP of
out of print material from their early demos. Their highly
anticipated second album, Bread and Jam for Frances, was
released on September 16, 1997. It took a different direction from
Serpentine Gallery, incorporating aspects of trip hop, drum
n' bass, and experimental. Once again, their album received lavish
praise, garnering features in Alternative Press,
Industrial Nation, the L.A. Times, Seconds, BAM,
and Ink 9, just to name a few. Their fall 1997 tour in
support of the album was highly successful. In 1998, the band began
work on their third release, The Three Calamities, but were
temporarily halted when personally asked by labelmate Gary Numan to
open up for him on a three-month, sold out, stateside tour. The
following spring saw them touring with Frontline Assembly. The
Three Calamitieswas released on May 25, 1999. Taking an
atmospheric approach, it steps further into the line of
experimentation. This latest effort showcases the production talent
of Gregory Butler. The band recorded each track on a new state of
the art digital 24 track system which was then taken to Daniel
Lanois' EL TEATRO studio in Oxnard, CA. The tracks were then
transferred to the studio's world class analog decks and mixed by
Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Mark Howard. The end
result is a sonic palette rich in maturity and aural textures that
have defined such artists as Massive Attack and Portishead.
With each new release came a new approach, a Switchblade Symphony
trademark. Switchblade Symphony broke up in November, 1999. Singer
Tina Root has been concentrating on her solo project,
Tré Lux, while live guitarist
George Earth has been focusing on his solo project,
Tina and George have continued to collaborate on several songs,
including a cover of Mr. Self Destruct for Cleopatra's
tribute to Nine Inch Nails.
Sinister Nostalgia, a Switchblade Symphony remix collection,
was released in June, 2001.