Absinthe Blind

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Absinthe Blind
Origin United States Champaign, Illinois, USA
Genres Shoegaze, dream pop
Years active 1996–2003[1]
Labels Hammerhead Records, Mud Records, Parasol Records
Associated acts Headlights, Maserati, The Beauty Shop, Hum, Gazelle, Psychic Twin
Website Last FM
Past members Adam Fein (guitar, vocals)
Seth Fein (drums)
Tristan Wraight (guitar, keyboards)
Mike Zolfo (bass) (1996-2002)
Erin Fein (keyboards, vocals) (1999-2003)
Brett Sanderson (bass, programming) (2002-2003)
Lynn Canfield (vocals) (1998)
Clarissa Novales (vocals) (1999)
Cherie Earl (vocals) (1999)
Yichel Chan (guitar) (1999-2001)

Absinthe Blind was an American Shoegaze and Dream pop group from Urbana, Illinois. The first group was formed by Seth Fein, Tristan Wraight and Adam Fein in 1996, by merging Adam Fein's group (coincidentally also called Absinthe Blind) and Tristan Wraight and Seth Fein's The Dr. Johanson Band.[2] Dr. Johanson Band bassist Mike Zolfo was then asked to join the group.[2] As the Champaign-Urbana music scene gained national attention, due to groups such as Hum and Poster Children, Absinthe Blind, along with three other groups, formed a collective entitled Toast Music[2] Erin Fein, after suffering a back injury pursuing a figure skating career, joined the band during the recording of Music for Security.[2] In support of Music For Security, the band embarked on a national tour, performing at The CMJ Music Marathon along the way.[3] For their fourth album, The Everyday Separation, the band signed to Mud Records, distributed by Parasol. Zolfo left the group in 2002 to attend music school, and was replaced by Brett Sanderson.[2] The group released one more album, Rings, in 2003, before Adam Fein announced that he was leaving the band.[3] A farewell tour followed, culminating with a hometown show at the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois on September 13, 2003.[3]

The four remaining members of the band originally planned to continue recording and touring as Absinthe Blind, but instead formed Orphans, who would later change their name to Headlights.[4] Adam Fein now writes with Hum's Jeff Dimpsey in a band called Gazelle. Erin Fein has moved to Brooklyn, NY and formed Psychic Twin.



  • When Our Flashes Sway (Hammerhead, 1997)
  • Solarshift (Hammerhead, 1998)
  • Music For Security (Hammerhead, 2000)
  • The Everyday Separation (Mud, 2001)
  • Rings (Mud, 2003)
  • Winning Is Our Business and Business Is Good (rarities collection) (2004)

Singles & EPs

  • Image (1999)
  • Live to Forget (self-released, 2000)
  • 6.28.01 live (self-released, 2001)
  • The Separation B-Sides (self-released, 2002)
  • 9.13.03 live (self-released, 2006)


  • Stuck in the Chimney (More Christmas Singles) (contributed "Silent Night") (Parasol, 2000)
  • Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Volume 4 (contributed "Antarctica") (Parasol, 2001)
  • Small, My Table: Innocent Words (contributed "The Night You Came Home") (Innocent Words, 2002)
  • Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Volume 6 (contributed "Shields") (Parasol, 2003)
  • Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Volume 7 (contributed "The Break (It's Been There All This Time)") (Parasol, 2003)
  • Soak Your Shoes In Red Wine & Strike The Angels Dumb (contributed "The Truth That Paints Your Eyes") (Grand Theft Autumn, 2003)
  • openingbands.comp (A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana: 2003) (contributed "The Break (It's Been There All This Time)") (OpeningBands, 2003)

Movies & Television


  1. ^ Absinthe Blind. Retrieved December 16th, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e Under the Radar Interview. Retrieved December 16th, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Absinthe Blind Timeline
  4. ^ Hormozd's Headlights Site. Retrieved December 16th, 2007.

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