Labradford

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Labradford
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Drone rock, post-rock, ambient
Years active 1992–2001
Labels Kranky, Blast First
Website Brainwashed.com/labradford
Members Carter Brown
Robert Donne
Mark Nelson

Labradford is a U.S. post-rock musical group from Richmond, Virginia, founded in 1991.[1] They have released six full albums from 1993 to 2001. Though not officially disbanded, its members have since been active with separate projects.

Biography[edit]

Founded in 1991, Labradford consists of bassist Robert Donne, guitarist/vocalist Mark Nelson, and keyboardist Carter Brown. Their music style is experimental ambient and post-rock,[2] although their first releases were much more related to dark drone rock.[3]

After a début single in 1992, they were signed by Kranky Records (which has remained their home since) who issued their début album Prazision LP in 1993.[1] The group's music mostly drifts on the guitar effects and the keyboard passages, with the vocals, when present, in the background.

In 1999, they started a tour with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their Festival Of Drifting series, which featured appearances from Pole, Robin Guthrie,[4] Matmos, Papa M, and Sigur Rós.

Though the group has not officially disbanded, they have not released another album since 2001's critically acclaimed Fixed::Context, and the band members have apparently moved away from their former base of Richmond, Virginia. Robert Donne has joined the slow-core group Spokane, and is currently joining Gregor Samsa for their European tour. Mark Nelson continues to release records on Kranky under the name Pan American.

Discography[edit]

Full albums[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • 1992: "Everlast", U.S. 7", Retro 8 (now collected on Prazision LP: A-side since the 1993 CD, B-side since its 2007 remaster)
  • 1995: "Julius", U.S. 7", Merge
  • 1996: "Scenic Recovery", UK 10", Duophonic
  • 1996: The Kahanek Incident, Vol. 3, U.S. 12" (split with Stars of the Lid), Trance Syndicate
  • 2000: Ene, 10" LP split with Surfers of Romantica, Eerie Materials

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 1992: Repugnating The Wombat US CS Retro 8
  • 1994: Dixie Flatline (Wilson Interrupt Mix), Skyliner (live) US CD Radioactive Rat
  • 1994: Ambient 4: Isolationism Air Lubricated Free Axis Trainer UK 2CD Virgin AMBT 4
  • 1994: The Church Song (remix of a Jim O'Rourke track) US CD Astralwerks ASW6153
  • 1995: Excursions In Ambience IV: The Fourth Frontier
  • 1996: Newman Passage, Pico / Elec. Security UK CD Blast First bffp141cde
  • 1996: Volume 16, The Window UK CD Volume 16 VCD16
  • 1996: Monsters, Rugrats and Bugmen, sedr 77 UK 2CD Virgin ambt111
  • 1998: The Wire Tapper 2 [given away free with The Wire issue 177, November 1998] V (Harold Budd Remix) UK CD WIRECD002
  • 1999: Drifing A.F.U. [limited edition CD given away free at Labradford's Second Festival of Drifting, 1999]
  • 2000: The Wire Tapper 5 [given away free with The Wire issue 193, March 2000] So Remix (Matmos Remix), UK CD WIRECD005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Labradford" in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 827
  2. ^ Cooper, Sean "Labradford Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-23
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned "Prazision Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-23
  4. ^ Labradford’s Third Annual Festival Of Drifting « Freq

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