Christie Front Drive
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|Christie Front Drive|
|Origin||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|Genres||Indie rock, emo|
|Years active||1993–1997, 2007, 2014|
|Labels||Freewill, Magic Bullet, Caulfield, Crank!, Wooden Blue|
|Associated acts||Antarctica, The Blue Ontario|
|Past members||Eric Richter (guitar, vocals)
Jason Begin (guitar, screams)
Kerry McDonald (bass, vocals)
Ron Marschall (drums)
Christie Front Drive was an American emo band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom, and Drive Like Jehu, the lineup consisted of Ron Marschall (drums), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass), and Eric Richter (guitar and vocals).
The band released a self-titled EP and a 7" on Freewill Records in 1994. The two Freewill Records albums and several 7" were later combined and released as a self-titled full-length album (commonly referred to as Anthology). In 1995, Christie Front Drive released split records with Jimmy Eat World, Sineater, and Boy's Life. They also contributed to several compilation albums including (Don't Forget To) Breathe from Crank! Records. The band broke up in 1997 and their only official full length, a self-titled album (commonly referred to as Stereo) was released posthumously by Caulfield Records.
Despite their short tenure, Christie Front Drive became a major influence on emo music in the 1990s. Eric Richter resurfaced in the bands Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Marschall and Begin went on to form The Blue Ontario. Marschall was also credited as an engineer on the The Apples in Stereo's album, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. Jason Begin is currently performing under the name This Body as well as the Portland-based band Pireate Radio Deluxe and the random appearance with Modernstate. Bassist Kerry McDonald would go on to form The Mighty Rime, who released a self-titled record on Caulfield Records in 2002.
Christie Front Drive reunited on September 1, 2007 at the Marquis Theater in Denver as part of DenverFest III. All four original members participated. Magic Bullet Records home of Eric Richter's current band Golden City, announced plans to re-release the entire Christie Front Drive discography. The label began with releasing a remastered version of their final self-titled album (also known as Stereo) on June 15, 2010 along with a DVD of the band's final show in 1996.
|1995||Christie Front Drive (commonly referred to as Anthology)||Caulfield||CD||Includes all songs from the self-titled 12", the self-titled 7" and the split 7"s with Sineater and Jimmy Eat World.|
|1996||Christie Front Drive (commonly referred to as Stereo)||Caulfield||CD / 12" vinyl||Reissued with DVD in June 15, 2010 on Magic Bullet.|
EPs and splits
|1994||Christie Front Drive (self-titled 12")||Freewil||CD / 12" vinyl||All tracks reissued in 1995 on Anthology. Reissued as remastered edition in May 21, 2013 on Magic Bullet.|
|1994||Christie Front Drive (self-titled 7")||Freewill||7" vinyl||Out of print. Both tracks reissued in 1995 on Anthology.|
|1995||Christie Front Drive / Sineater split 7"||Hellkite||7" vinyl||Out of print. Track reissued in 1995 on Anthology.|
|1995||Christie Front Drive / Jimmy Eat World split 7"||Wooden Blue||7" vinyl||Out of print. Track reissued in 1995 on Anthology.|
|1995||Christie Front Drive / Boy's Life split EP||Crank!||CD / 10" vinyl|
|Year||Album / Source||Label||Song(s)||Other information|
|1995||Punk TV||Red Dawg||"Mary Tyler Moore Theme"|
|1996||Stealing the Pocket||Positively Punk||"Field"||12" vinyl. Out of print.|
|1996||For Want Of...||X-Mist||"After the Parade"||Compilation released on double 7" vinyl. Out of print.|
|1997||Bread: The Edible Napkin||No Idea||"Bag"||Compilation released on CD and double 12" vinyl.|
|1997||(Don't Forget To) Breathe||Crank!||"Field"||Compilation released on CD and double 10" vinyl.|