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The band in 2008
The band in 2008
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
Years active1990–2000, 2006–present
Associated acts
MembersKevin Martin
Adam Kury
Brian Quinn
Island Styles
Dave Krusen
Past membersScott Mercado
Peter "Pete" Klett
Bardi Martin
Robbie Allen
Shannon Larkin
Rob Redick
Mike Leslie
Sean Hennesy
Robin Diaz

Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Since its formation in 1990, the group has released six studio albums, several charting singles, a compilation, and a CD+DVD.

Candlebox found immediate success with the release of its self-titled debut album in July 1993. Candlebox featured four singles: "Change", "You", "Far Behind" and "Cover Me". "Far Behind" reached the top 20, and the album was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.[5] The band's next album, Lucy (1995), was certified gold,[6] and Happy Pills was released in 1998. After troubles with its record company, Candlebox broke up in 2000. The band reunited in 2006 and released its fourth album, Into the Sun, in 2008. The latest Candlebox album, Disappearing in Airports, was released April 22, 2016.


Early career (1990–1992)[edit]

Formed in November 1990, Candlebox originally consisted of lead singer Kevin Martin, guitarist Peter Klett, bassist Bardi Martin, and drummer Scott Mercado.[7][8]

Rise to fame (1993–2000)[edit]

Candlebox began performing live in 1991. By 1992 the band was playing regularly in some of Seattle's top clubs (including RKCNDY and Farside) to ever increasing audiences.

The band's eight-song EP gained the attention of Maverick Records,[9] with whom the band signed.[citation needed] Candlebox was the first successful act on Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones and The Prodigy.[citation needed]

On July 20, 1993, Candlebox released its self-titled debut album. It sold more than four 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 Candlebox an opening slot on Rush's Counterparts Tour, a main-stage slot at Woodstock '94, and an opening slot on Metallica's Shit Hits the Sheds Tour.[10]

In addition, Candlebox won Metal Edge magazine's 1994 Readers' Choice Award for Best New Band.[11]

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.[9] On October 3, 1995, Candlebox released its second album, Lucy. Although it marked the beginning of the band's decline in popularity, 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 its cover of "Steel and Glass". Scott Mercado left the band in 1997 and was replaced by original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen.

On July 21, 1998, Candlebox released its third studio album, Happy Pills. While a return to the simpler sound of its 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.[7]

Krusen departed from Candlebox in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Larkin of Ugly Kid Joe. Bardi Martin left to attend college and was replaced by Rob Redick, formerly of Dig. By 2000, Candlebox disbanded. According to Martin, the band was unhappy with its record contract and attempted to be freed from Maverick after two years by breaking up. The former Candlebox members would pursue other musical endeavors during the 2000s.

Reunion (2006–present)[edit]

Kevin Martin in 2010

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 nearly 10 years (with Sean Hennesy on rhythm guitar). To promote the compilation, Candlebox embarked on a three-month North American tour from July to October of that year. Bardi Martin left the band in 2007 to continue his education to become a lawyer, with Adam Kury as his replacement. During the time, the band would begin writing new material despite having no record label.[12]

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.

On July 4, 2008 Candlebox performed at the O'Fallon, Missouri Heritage and Freedom Fest in front of a record crowd. Two months later, the band released a live CD/DVD called Alive in Seattle.[13]

On August 9, 2010, Candlebox kicked off a five-show stint overseas performing for U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and continued on to Iraq.

In 2010, Peter Klett and Scott Mercado formed Lotus Crush, consisting of: Terry McDermott (lead vocals), Peter Klett (lead guitar), Johnny Bacolas (bass), Scott Mercado (drums), and John Luzzi (rhythm guitar).

On April 3, 2012 Candlebox released its fifth studio album, Love Stories & Other Musings produced by Ken Andrews (Failure/Thousand Foot Krutch/Lostprophets).

Although the band had planned to put out a new album in 2015,[14] those plans were postponed after Candlebox parted ways with its record label at the time. In 2015, founding members Scott Mercado and Peter Klett announced that they were leaving the band to focus on Lotus Crush; the split was amicable. Sean Hennesy left the band shortly thereafter. Former drummer Dave Krusen rejoined the band, and new members Mike Leslie (lead guitar) and Brian Quinn (rhythm guitar) also joined.

It was announced in August 2015 that Candlebox had inked a record deal through Pavement Music and that the band was working on a new record for an early 2016 release.[15][16] The album, titled Disappearing in Airports, was released on April 22, 2016.[17]

Island Styles and former Daughtry drummer Robin Diaz joined Candlebox in late 2016 for its second live album, "Disappearing Live".

In July 2018, the original Candlebox lineup had a one-off reunion for the two live shows in Seattle, performing the band's debut album in its entirety to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.[18][19]

Musical style[edit]

Candlebox's musical style, while predominately hard rock, has a wide range of influences. Some of the band's songs have strong references to blues, grunge, rock and glam metal. Despite various aforementioned classic roots, the band's music is considered contemporary.[20]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Kevin Martin - lead vocals (1990-2000, 2006–present)
  • Brian Quinn - lead guitar (2016–present), rhythm guitar (2015-2016)
  • Island Styles - rhythm guitar (2016–present)
  • Adam Kury - bass, backing vocals (2007–present)
  • Dave Krusen - drums (1997-1999, 2015–present)
Former members
  • Peter Klett - lead guitar (1990-2000, 2006-2015, 2018)
  • Bardi Martin - bass (1990-1999, 2006-2007, 2012, 2018)
  • Scott Mercado - drums (1990-1997, 2006-2015, 2018)
  • Robin Diaz - drums (2017)
  • Sean Hennesy - rhythm guitar (2006-2015)
  • Mike Leslie- lead guitar (2015–2016)
  • Robbie Allen - rhythm guitar (1998-2000)
  • Shannon Larkin - drums (1999-2000)
  • Rob Redick - bass (1999-2000)



Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

Candlebox 7
  • US: 4× Platinum
  • Released: October 3, 1995
  • Label: Maverick
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
Happy Pills
  • Released: July 21, 1998
  • Label: Maverick
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Into the Sun
  • Released: July 22, 2008
  • Label: Silent Majority Group
  • Formats: CD
32 4
Love Stories & Other Musings
  • Released: April 3, 2012
  • Label: Audionest
  • Formats: CD
82 12
Disappearing in Airports
  • Released: April 22, 2016
  • Label: Pavement Music
  • Formats: CD/LP/Digital Download
Compilation albums
Live albums
  • Alive in Seattle CD+DVD (September 2, 2008)
  • Disappearing Live CD (April 08, 2017)
Other recordings
Year Song Peak chart positions Album


1993 "Change" 18 Candlebox
1994 "You" 78 6
"Far Behind" 18 7 4
"Cover Me" 23 8
1995 "Simple Lessons" 12 5 Lucy
"Understanding" 19
"Best Friend"
1998 "It's Alright" 32 2 Happy Pills
"10,000 Horses" 13
1999 "Happy Pills" 17
2008 "Stand" 15 Into the Sun
"Miss You"
2009 "A Kiss Before"
2012 "Believe in It" Love Stories & Other Musings
2016 "Vexatious" 33 Disappearing in Airports
2020 "Let Me Down Easy" Untitled Album
Music videos
  • "Change"
  • "You"
  • "Far Behind"
  • "Cover Me"
  • "Simple Lessons"
  • "Understanding"
  • "Best Friend"
  • "It's Alright"
  • "Stand"
  • "Miss You"
  • "Vexatious"
  • "Supernova"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Report: Reunited Grunge Band CANDLEBOX Ignites New Fans". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (2006). Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips. Three Rivers Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0767921404.
  3. ^ Grow, Kory (March 12, 2012). "Candlebox Premiere New Song "Believe in It"". Revolver. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Candlebox - Lucy". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database". September 21, 2004. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. January 8, 1996. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Glowing Soul Archived November 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine keepinyaregular Volume 4, Issue 2 (December 1998). Retrieved on 12-14-10.
  8. ^ "Candlebox Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Nussbaum, Beth R. Set to Ignite: Candlebox Archived November 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Playgirl (April 1994). Retrieved on 12-12-10.
  10. ^ "Events". Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Metal Edge, June 1995
  12. ^ Candlebox Interview Archived January 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Garage Radio Magazine (2007). Retrieved on 12-12-10.
  13. ^ "Alive in Seattle: Candlebox: Music". Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  14. ^ "Believe In It. An interview with Kevin Martin of Candlebox". Unsung Melody. January 31, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Gentlemen's Show - August 27th, 2015". Archived from the original on August 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "CANDLEBOX To Release 'Disappearing In Airports' Album; Listen To First Single 'Vexatious'". Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Original CANDLEBOX Lineup To Reunite For One Night Only In Seattle". January 16, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Candlebox". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press. 2006.
  21. ^ a b c d e Peak chart positions for Candlebox in the United States:


  • Foege, Alec (January 27, 1994). "New faces: Candlebox". Rolling Stone (674): 24.

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