Emeralds (band)

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Emeralds
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Emeralds
Background information
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Ambient
electronic music
Years active 2006–2013
Labels Editions Mego
Members John Elliott
Steve Hauschildt
Mark McGuire

Emeralds was an American electronic music trio founded in 2006 by members John Elliott, Steve Hauschildt and Mark McGuire. The band was based in Cleveland, Ohio and Portland, Oregon, United States.

History[edit]

Emeralds was noted for drawing from both ambient music and Kosmische,[1] and minimal music.

John Elliott, Steve Hauschildt and Mark McGuire began playing music together under the name Fancelions in 2005[2] in Cleveland's western suburbs of Bay Village and Westlake. Shortly thereafter, they re-formed as Emeralds, playing their first show under that name in June 2006.[3] Since then the group has released over forty recordings on various independent labels. The album Does It Look Like I'm Here?, released on Editions Mego in 2010, is their most widely known release to date. It received the Best New Album designation from Pitchfork Media,[4] the Album of the Year award from Drowned in Sound,[5] and accolades from many other publications. Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt also perform and record under their own names, while John Elliott does so under a number of monikers including Outer Space and Imaginary Softwoods. The band also maintains multiple labels including McGuire & Elliott's Wagon, Hauschildt's Gneiss Things and Elliott's curated imprint Spectrum Spools.[6]

Emeralds were invited by Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in December 2010 and again in 2012 by The Afghan Whigs.[7][8]

From 19 September through 31 October 2010, the band opened for Caribou on a North American tour.[9]

In April 2009, the band opened for Throbbing Gristle in Chicago, and New York.[10]

In January 2013, Emeralds announced that Mark McGuire had left the band.[11] Though initially expected to continue as a duo, just weeks later Steve Hauschildt announced his own departure, saying that "the band is now over".[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

  • Demo no. 1 (Wagon, 2006) - CDr
  • Demo no. 2 (Wagon, 2006) - CDr
  • Hidden Field (Wagon, 2006) - CDr mini
  • Dirt Weed Diaries Vol. 1 (Maim & Disfigure, 2006) - CDr
  • Bullshit Boring Drone Band (American Tapes, 2006) - CDr
  • No More Spirits Over The Lake (Wagon, 2006) - CDr
  • Dirt Weed Diaries Vol. 2 (Maim & Disfigure, 2007) - CDr
  • A Row of Exposed Columns (Chondritic Sound, 2007) - CDr mini
  • Hallucinations (Wagon, 2007) - CDr mini
  • Golden Swirl (Wagon, 2007) - CDr mini
  • Ledges (Gneiss Things, 2007) - CDr
  • Queen of Burbank Vol. 2 (Editions Brokenresearch, 2007) - CDr
  • Live (Gneiss Things, 2008) - CDr
  • Fresh Air (A Soundesign Recording, 2009) - 7"
  • Candy Shoppe / The Cycle of Abuse (Wagon/Gneiss Things, 2010) - 7"
  • Lake Effect Snow / Science Center (Wagon/Gneiss Things, 2010) - 7"
  • In Love / Summerdata (Wagon/Gneiss Things, 2010) - 7"
  • Shade / August (Wagon/Gneiss Things, 2010) - 7"
  • Does It Look Like I'm Here? (Daphni Mixes) (Jiaolong, 2012) - 12"

Cassettes[edit]

  • Laying Under Leaves (Wagon, 2006)
  • Emeralds (Hanson Records, 2007)
  • Smoke Signals (Wagon, 2007)
  • Servant (Wagon, 2007)
  • Grass Ceiling (Fag Tapes, 2007)
  • A Real Clean Gang (Together Tapes, 2007)
  • Allegory of Allergies (Gods of Tundra, 2007)
  • Planetarium (Tapeworm Tapes, 2008)
  • The Overlook (Wagon, 2009)

Split releases and collaborations[edit]

  • with Tusco Terror (Tusco/Embassy 2006, 2007) - cass
  • with Sam Goldberg (Wagon, 2007) - cass
  • with Birds of Delay (Wagon, 2007) - cass
  • with Sunburned Hand of the Man (Manhand, 2007) - cass
  • with Tusco Terror (Ecstatic Peace!, 2008) - LP
  • with Quintana Roo (Arbor, 2008) - LP
  • Under Pressure with Aaron Dilloway (Hanson Records, 2008) - cass
  • with Pain Jerk (No Fi, 2009) - CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRIMER: From Klaus Schulze To Conrad Schnitzler, Emeralds Give Us a Guide To Kosmische Musik :: self-titled magazine". Self-titledmag.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ "> foxy digitalis : features <". Digitalisindustries.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Dusted Features [ Destined: Emeralds ]". Dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Emeralds: Does It Look Like I'm Here? | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ Adams, Sean (2010-12-04). "Drowned in Sound's Albums of the Year 2010: 10-1 / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  6. ^ published14 Feb 2012 share  (2012-02-14). "Emeralds’ John Elliott on how mind-altering substances and goofball music inspired his Spectrum Spools label – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Factmag.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Line Up - I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 curated by Greg Dulli & ATP - All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  8. ^ Leah Pritchard (2010-06-07). "“Weird Al” Yankovic, Emeralds, White Magic & More Added to Godspeed! ATP". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Caribou Tours With Emeralds | News". Pitchfork. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Mark McGuire is No Longer in Emeralds". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Steve Hauschildt leaves Emeralds, effectively ending the group". tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 

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