The Casket Lottery
|The Casket Lottery|
|Origin||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, indie rock, emo, math rock|
|Labels||No Sleep Records, Second Nature Recordings|
|Associated acts||Coalesce, Able Baker Fox, Small Brown Bike|
The band started in 1997 after Nathan Ellis spent time on the road with Coalesce. He and Stacy Hilt struck up an instant friendship and love for music beyond the hardcore and metal roots of Coalesce. After leaving Coalesce in the fall of 1997, Ellis assumed bass duties, filling the hole left by Stacy's departure. A chance meeting at a local benefit show reunited Nathan and Stacy once again, at which time he presented Stacy with the basement tracks that would end up on the Diver cassette and Dot,Dot. They found a perfect complement to their musical background in a then 15 year old drumming phenom Nathan (Jr.) Richardson. The band has toured across the United States numerous times (with Reflector, Small Brown Bike, Rocky Votolato, Proudentall, and Limbeck among others), and has released a healthy number of records.
2006 - Present
In mid-2006, the band went on hiatus. Singer Nathan Ellis works on a record and plays shows with his new bands Jackie Carol and Able Baker Fox, and drummer Nathan "Junior" Richardson joined Appleseed Cast, completing several tours as well as recording on their album "Peregrine." He has subsequently quit The Appleseed Cast. Both Nathans are members of the reformed Coalesce.
In 2010 the band re-united as special guest at Coalesce show in their hometown. They also reformed in early 2011 to play shows with recently re-united friends in Small Brown Bike. In late August 2011 they announced via their Facebook page that they were to enter the studio with Ed Rose to record a new album.
On August 30, 2011, The Casket Lottery announced that they were recording new material with Ed Rose at Black Lodge, which was followed by an announcement on January 9th, 2012 that the new material will be released via No Sleep Records in the Spring and Summer of 2012.
- Nathan Ellis (Guitar, Vocals)
- Stacy Hilt (Bass, Vocals)
- Nathan Richardson (Drums)
- Brent Windler (Guitar, Vocals)
- Nick Siegel (Keys, vocals)
EPs and split records
- The Diver:Cassette Demo – 1998
- Dot Dot Dash Something Or Other Dot EP – 1999 on Status Records
- The Casket Lottery/Reflector Split – 1999 on Undecided Records
- The Casket Lottery/Waxwing Split – 2000 on Second Nature Recordings
- Lost at Sea 7" – 2000 on Status Records
- Blessed/Cursed EP – 2000 on Second Nature Recordings
- The Casket Lottery/Small Brown Bike Split – 2002 on Second Nature Recordings
- The Casket Lottery/Hot Water Music Split – 2002 on Second Nature Recordings
- Smoke and Mirrors EP – 2003 on Second Nature Recordings
- The Door 7" – 2012 on No Sleep Records
- Touché Amoré / The Casket Lottery – 2012 on No Sleep Records
- Choose Bronze – 1999 on Second Nature Recordings
- Moving Mountains – 2000 on Second Nature Recordings
- Survival Is For Cowards – 2002 on Second Nature Recordings
- Possiblies and Maybes – 2003 on Second Nature Recordings
- Real Fear – 2012 on No Sleep Records