The band in 2008
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Past members||Scott Mercado
Peter "Pete" Klett
Rob Redick (Reddick)
Sean Hennesy (Hennesey)
Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since its formation in 1990, the group has released five studio albums, which have achieved multi-platinum and gold certification, as well as numerous charting singles, a compilation, and a CD+DVD.
Candlebox was the first successful act on Madonna's Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones and The Prodigy. They found immediate success with the release of their self-titled debut album in July 1993. It featured some of the band's biggest hit singles, including "Far Behind" and "You", and was certified platinum by the RIAA four times. Their next two albums, Lucy and Happy Pills, also sold well. After troubles with Maverick, Candlebox went on indefinite hiatus in 2000 after an alleged attempt to be freed from their contract. The band reunited in 2006, and two years later, they released their fourth album Into the Sun, followed by an extensive tour. Their latest album, Love Stories & Other Musings, was released in April 2012.
The band has toured or played selected shows with such bands as Living Colour, The Flaming Lips, Our Lady Peace, Rush, Henry Rollins, Aerosmith, Godsmack, Metallica, Radiohead, The Offspring, Sponge, Seaweed, Hinder, Suicidal Tendencies and Danzig. They were also a featured band on the main-stage at Woodstock '94 and made repeat live performances on Late Show with David Letterman.
Early career (1990–1992)
Formed in November 1990, Candlebox originally went by the name Uncle Duke; they changed their name the following year, purportedly inspired by lyrics from the Midnight Oil song "Tin Legs and Tin Mines". The band was originally composed of Kevin Martin on vocals and lead guitar and Scott Mercado on drums. They then added Peter Klett on lead guitar and Bardi Martin on bass in late 1991.
Rise to fame (1993–2000)
Candlebox began performing together in 1991. By 1992 the were playing regularly in some of Seattle's favorite haunts, including the now defunct RKCNDY and Farside, to ever increasing audiences.
The band's 8-song EP, which had meanwhile been recorded, gained the attention of Maverick Records. On July 20, 1993, Candlebox released their self-titled debut album. It sold more than 4 million copies and peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's album charts. Candlebox featured the hit singles "Change", "You", "Far Behind", and "Cover Me". "Far Behind" entered Billboard's top 20 in July 1993, peaked at No. 18, and stayed on the charts until January 1994. The tremendous radio, concert, and television success gained them a main-stage slot at Woodstock '94 and put Candlebox at the forefront of the 1990s post-grunge scene. Despite the 1993 release of their debut album, Candlebox won Metal Edge magazine's 1994 Readers' Choice Award for Best New Band.
Hot off the success of Candlebox, the band was eager to progress and by April 1994 had 36 new songs for a follow-up record. On October 3, 1995, Candlebox released their second album, Lucy. Although it marked the beginning of a commercial subsidence, Lucy was certified gold thanks to singles such as "Simple Lessons" and "Understanding". Two days after the release of Lucy, Candlebox appeared on Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon with their cover of "Steel and Glass". Drummer Scott Mercado left the band the following year and was replaced by former Pearl Jam member Dave Krusen.
On July 21, 1998, Candlebox released their third studio album, Happy Pills. While a return to the simpler sound of their debut, it gained only marginal success. The song "Glowing Soul" was also recorded for the soundtrack to The Waterboy and included at the request of Adam Sandler. Inspired by the film, the song was based on a Bo Diddley rhythm and recorded with vintage equipment.
The following year would be a turbulent foreshadowing in the band's career. Krusen departed from Candlebox in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Larkin of Ugly Kid Joe. Bardi Martin also left to attend college and was replaced by Rob Redick, formerly of Dig. By 2000, Candlebox went on hiatus. According to Martin, the band was unhappy with their record contract and attempted to be freed from Maverick by disbanding. The label considered Martin the sole remaining band member, but after two years of disputes over recording an obligatory fourth Candlebox album, Martin was terminated. As of 2007, Martin has received no royalties from album sales since 2001 and won't until the fourth record is paid back. Other band members, however, do receive royalties. It is reported that Kevin Martin now does receive royalties from record sales according to a response on the bands Facebook page to a question asked by a fan.
The former Candlebox members would pursue other musical endeavors during the 2000s; in 2005, Kevin Martin recorded and performed as frontman of The Hiwatts. Peter Klett served as the leader of redlightmusic.
In 2006, Rhino Records planned to release a "Best of" compilation of Candlebox, which prompted the original band lineup to reunite for the first time in 10 years. To promote the compilation, Candlebox embarked on a three-month North American tour from July to October of that year. Bardi Martin dropped from touring in 2007 to continue his education to become a lawyer, allowing Adam Kury to take his place. During the time, the band would begin writing new material despite having no record label.
After several delays, Candlebox released its first album in 10 years, Into the Sun, on July 22 via Silent Majority/ILG records. The album was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies) and features performances by both Scott Mercado and Dave Krusen on drums. The first single, "Stand," was released to radio in mid-May and Candlebox officially commenced touring in support of the new record in June 2008. "Stand" reached as high as No. 15 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
As of 2010, Peter Klett and Scott Mercado formed Lotus Crush, consisting of: Terry McDermott (vocals), Peter Klett (guitar), Johnny Bacolas (bass), Scott Mercado (drums), and John Luzzi (guitar).
Although the band had originally planned to put out a new album in 2015, those plans were postponed after Candlebox parted ways with their record label at the time. Around this time in 2015, founding members Scott Mercado and Peter Klett announced they were leaving the band to focus on Lotus Crush, although the split was amicable, with Kevin Martin saying, "I wish them the best." Sean Hennesy left the band shortly thereafter.
It was then announced in August 2015 that Candlebox had inked a record deal through Pavement Music and that they were working on a new record for an early 2016 release. Lead singer Kevin Martin confirmed and elaborated on plans for the new record in an interview with The Gentlemen's Show podcast on August 27, 2015, stating that the targeted release date was March 11, 2016.
Candlebox's musical style, while predominately hard rock, has a wide range of influences. Some of their songs have strong references to blues, jazz, grunge, rock and even glam metal. Despite various aforementioned classic roots, their music is considered contemporary.
- Studio albums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Into the Sun||
|Love Stories & Other Musings||
- Compilation albums
- The Best of Candlebox (May 23, 2006)
- Live albums
- Alive in Seattle CD+DVD (September 2, 2008)
- Other recordings
- "Pull Away" - CD single B-side for "You" (1993)
- "Far Behind/Voodoo Child" (Slight Return) [Live Medley] - CD single B-side for "Far Behind" (1994)
- "Can't Give In" - Airheads Soundtrack (1994)
- "Featherweight" - CD single B-side for "Simple Lessons" (1995)
- "Steel and Glass" - Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon (1995)
- "Glowing Soul" - The Waterboy Soundtrack (1998)
- "The Answer" - iTunes exclusive bonus track from Into the Sun (2008)
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1998||"It's Alright"||—||32||2||Happy Pills|
|2008||"Stand"||—||—||15||Into the Sun|
|2009||"A Kiss Before"||—||—||—|
|2012||"Believe in It"||—||—||28||Love Stories & Other Musings|
- Music videos
- "Far Behind"
- "Cover Me"
- "Simple Lessons"
- "Best Friend"
- "It's Alright"
- "Miss You"
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