Christie Front Drive

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Christie Front Drive
Origin Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, emo
Years active 1993–1997, 2007, 2014
Labels Freewill, Magic Bullet, Caulfield, Crank!, Wooden Blue[1]
Associated acts Antarctica, The Blue Ontario
Past members Eric Richter (guitar, vocals)
Jason Begin (guitar, screams)
Kerry McDonald (bass, vocals)
Ron Marschall (drums)

Christie Front Drive was an American emo band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, 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).

History[edit]

The band released a self-titled EP and a 7" on Freewill Records in 1994. The two Freewill Records albums and several 7" were later combined and released as a self-titled full length album (commonly referred to as Anthology). In 1995, Christie Front Drive released split records with Jimmy Eat World, Sineater, and Boy's Life. They also contributed to several compilation albums including (Don't Forget To) Breathe from Crank! Records. The band broke up in 1997 and their only official full length, a self-titled album (commonly referred to as Stereo) was released posthumously by Caulfield Records.

Despite their short tenure, Christie Front Drive became a major influence on emo music in the 1990s. Eric Richter resurfaced in the bands Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Marschall and Begin went on to form The Blue Ontario. Marschall was also credited as an engineer on the The Apples in Stereo's album, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. Jason Begin is currently performing under the name This Body as well as the Portland based band Pireate Radio Deluxe and the random appearance with Modernstate. Bassist Kerry McDonald would go on to form The Mighty Rime, who released a self-titled record on Caulfield Records in 2002.

Christie Front Drive reunited on September 1, 2007 at the Marquis Theater in Denver as part of DenverFest III. All four original members participated. Magic Bullet Records home of Eric Richter's current band Golden City, announced plans to re-release the entire Christie Front Drive discography. The label began with releasing a remastered version of their final self-titled album (also known as Stereo) on June 15, 2010 along with a DVD of the bands final show in 1996.

In March 2014, it was announced that Christie Front Drive would reunite for a show on May 17, 2014 as part of Pouzza Fest on a bill including The Swellers, The Hotelier and Riverbeds.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
1995 Christie Front Drive (commonly referred to as Anthology) Caulfield CD Includes all songs from the self-titled 12", the self-titled 7" and the split 7"s with Sineater and Jimmy Eat World.
1996 Christie Front Drive (commonly referred to as Stereo) Caulfield CD / 12" vinyl Reissued with DVD in June 15, 2010 on Magic Bullet.

EPs and splits[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
1994 Christie Front Drive (self-titled 12") Freewil CD / 12" vinyl All tracks reissued in 1995 on Anthology. Reissued as remastered edition in May 21, 2013 on Magic Bullet.
1994 Christie Front Drive (self-titled 7") Freewill 7" vinyl Out of print. Both tracks reissued in 1995 on Anthology.
1995 Christie Front Drive / Sineater split 7" Hellkite 7" vinyl Out of print. Track reissued in 1995 on Anthology.
1995 Christie Front Drive / Jimmy Eat World split 7" Wooden Blue 7" vinyl Out of print. Track reissued in 1995 on Anthology.
1995 Christie Front Drive / Boy's Life split EP Crank! CD / 10" vinyl

Non-album tracks[edit]

Year Album / Source Label Song(s) Other information
1995 Shmowballs Sh-mow "Bag"
1995 Punk TV Red Dawg "Mary Tyler Moore Theme"
1996 Stealing the Pocket Positively Punk "Field" 12" vinyl. Out of print.
1996 For Want Of... X-Mist "After the Parade" Compilation released on double 7" vinyl. Out of print.
1997 Bread: The Edible Napkin No Idea "Bag" Compilation released on CD and double 12" vinyl.
1997 (Don't Forget To) Breathe Crank! "Field" Compilation released on CD and double 10" vinyl.

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