- Rodan (band)
Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Rodan
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Louisville,
Genre = Math Rock
Formed = 1992
Years_active = 1992 – 1995
Tara Jane O'Neil
Rodan was an American math/
indie rockband in the early to mid 1990s. At its height, the band consisted of Jeff Mueller(guitar/vocals), Jason Noble(guitar/vocals), Tara Jane O'Neil(bass/vocals), and Kevin Coultas(drums).
Rodan formed in
Louisville, Kentuckyin 1992. In 1993 they recorded their "Aviary" demo which saw limited release. Six of the songs on the "Aviary" demo were re-recorded by Bob "Rusty" Weston (of Shellac fame) and released in 1994 as the album "Rusty". The band also had a John Peelrecording session in 1995. Rodan broke up in 1995 with the members pursuing other musical interests: O'Neil in Retsinand in various solo works; Mueller in June of 44; Coultas and Noble in Rachel's; and Coultas and O'Neil in The Sonora Pine. Mueller and Noble started Shipping Newsin late 1996 and continue to perform with that band today.
The music of Rodan is complex and can be in extremes as illustrated by the first two tracks of the group's
1994recording "Rusty". The album opens with the quiet, peaceful, and almost romantic composition "Bible Silver Corner" which abruptly gives way to the hardcore punkinfluenced "Shiner." More than one musical idea is visited in each song, sometimes beautiful and serene and other times violent and tense. The vocals are unique in that they are spoken instead of sung for the most part, punctuated by shouts. The three guitarists handle vocals duties, some songs being sung/spoken by one person and others being done by all three musicians.
Rodan is noted for being from the same music scene as
Slint, and many comparisons have been made between the two.
*"Aviary" (cassette demo, 1993)
*"Rusty" (LP/CD, 1994)
*"How the Winter Was Passed" (EP, 1994)
Simple Machines Records(1994)
*"various compilations; see [http://www.southern.com/southern/band/RODAN/disc.html Southern Records page] "
June of 44- Jeff Mueller
The King Cobra- Tara Jane O'Neil
The Naysayer- Tara Jane O'Neil
Rachel's- Jason Noble, occasional contributions from Kevin Coultas and Jeff Mueller
Per Mission- Jason Noble
Retsin- Tara Jane O'Neil
Shipping News- Jason Noble, Jeff Mueller
The Sonora Pine- Tara Jane O'Neil, Kevin Coultas
Sunspring- John Weiss
* [http://www.touchandgorecords.com/bands/band.php?id=65 Rodan page at Touch and Go / Quarterstick Records]
* [http://www.southern.com/southern/band/RODAN/ Rodan page at Southern Records]
* [http://www.bluescreenlife.com/rodan/ Rodan fansite at bluescreenlife.com]
* [http://www.transmission3000.com/bands/?r=rodan.html Live in Athens]
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