The Prayer Chain
|The Prayer Chain|
|Genres||Christian alternative rock|
|Labels||Reunion, Rode Dog|
|Past members||Tim Taber
The Prayer Chain was a 1990s Christian alternative rock band. The band has been called "the epitome of the Christian underground". The Prayer Chain was known for producing moody, angst-ridden music which was, in turn, the result of creative differences within the band and with their record label.
Their first album, released independently, was recorded with Steve Hindalong at Neverland Studios and was entitled The Neverland Sessions. After signing to Reunion Records they put out The Whirlpool EP and started touring, while focusing on their first LP Shawl released in 1993. After extensive national and international shows they started working on their final album, Mercury, which was released in 1995. Engineer Chris Colbert wrote, "you can hear the band break up on the record, you can see them extend a warm and heartfelt middle finger to the industry". Some releases which included rare recordings followed. The band has since done a reunion show in Chicago in 1998, the Gene Eugene tribute show in 2000, some local California shows and 2003 reunion shows at Cornerstone Festival and the Flevo Festival in the Netherlands.
The band has released some of their work & rarities on the Bandcamp website. Most notably, they released the original version of their album Mercury titled Humb, ending years of speculation between fans regarding the original album. The original version was sent to Reunion Records in 1994 and the band were subsequently told to go back into the studio to write more songs, "something they could sell". The most evident differences between Mercury and Humb are the absence of "Sky High" on Humb, which along with "Friend or Foe" was written after the record label rejected the original version of the album, and the inclusion of "Chalk", "Antarctica" and "Loverboy" on Humb, all which eventually appeared on Antarctica. Humb also had a different track order. The somewhat different mixing on the original album is considered to be darker.
- Tim Taber - vocals, founder of Floodgate Records (Cool Hand Luke, Rita Springer), Transparent Productions, and Transparent Artists (The Myriad, Northern)
- Andrew Prickett - guitar, now plays with CUSH and does extensive recording/producing/engineering, has also played with The Violet Burning, My Brother's Mother, OneRepublic and others.
- Eric Campuzano - bass guitar, now plays guitar for The Lassie Foundation & Stranger Kings. He's also released two drone solo projects under the moniker Charity Empressa. He also plays bass with CUSH, and has played with Starflyer 59.
- Wayne Everett - drums, now playing guitar and started The Lassie Foundation, has played in Starflyer 59 and CUSH, has done some producing, also released a solo album titled KingsQueens in 2003 on Northern Records.
- The Neverland Sessions (1992)
- Shawl (1993)
- Mercury (1995)
- Antarctica (1996)
- Humb (2011)
- Whirlpool (1992)
- Live (4-song version) (1994)
- Live (8-song version) (1994)
- Live at CBGB's (2005)
Singles (7-inch vinyl)
- Shine (1992)
- Crawl/Like I Was (1993)
- Mercury & Mercurios Tin: Limited Edition Collector's Set (1995)
- So Close...Yet So Far (Retrospective & B-sides) (1998)
- Live at the Strand (1997)
- A Live Tribute Recording for Gene Eugene (2000)
- Here Comes the Rust (retrospective) (2003)
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 724–726. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- Roth, J. Peter (September–October 1995). "The Last Prayer Chain Story". 7ball (2). Archived from the original on December 27, 1996.
- "Chris Colbert (Part 1) on drones, breakfast with amy, the prayer chain's mercury, etc by Jason and Brent". 2003. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- Postma, Mike (January–February 2007). "The Prayer Chain". HM Magazine (123): 50–53.
- "Humb | The Prayer Chain". Theprayerchain.bandcamp.com. 1994-08-31. Retrieved 2013-03-17.