Dirty Martini (band)

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Dirty Martini
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Indie rock,
Indie pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Pampelmoose
Members Stephanie Schneiderman
Lara Michell
Ned Failing
Past members Lea Krueger

Dirty Martini is a four piece indie pop band from Portland, Oregon. The band was founded by three singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Stephanie Schneiderman, Lara Michell and McKinley, who write all the group's songs and share the vocal duties. Dirty Martini uniquely blends folk, rock, Americana, and pop to form an eclectic explosion of beautiful harmonies, sharp song writing, and heartbreaking melancholy. Their latest album, Tea and Revenge, was released in September 2006, and was produced by John Askew (FILMguerrero) and Dave Allen (Gang of Four). Tea and Revenge was released by Pampelmoose and is the follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut album.


The band formed during the early 2000s, as the three leading ladies played several shows together. Prior to forming the band, Schneiderman, Michell and McKinley had all had some success; One toured with David Crosby as his opening act, one won a place on the Lillith Fair tour, and one was in the band Carmina Pirhana, who composed music for the Oregon Ballet.[1] Their first appearance together was at a Portland Valentine's Day songwriter in the round formatted show. They began road tripping to shows together, performing as separate artists. It wasn't long, though, until they began playing as a three piece band.[2] They all wrote, sang, and played multiple instruments. They kept the theater in the round format until David Allen, Gang of Four's bass player suggested, "Why don't you stand up and be a proper band already?". Lea Krueger was initially also a member but left to pursue a solo career after recording the band's debut album.[3] The debut album sold around 7,000 copies.[4]

The band cite PJ Harvey, Aimee Mann, and Kristin Hersh as influences.[2]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Date Label
Dirty Martini 8 February 2005 Pampelmoose
Tea and Revenge 26 September 2006 Pampelmoose


  1. ^ "Dirty Martini: 'Inside the Outside'", NPR Music
  2. ^ a b Apar, Corey "Dirty Martini Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Jeff (2006) "Martini Friday, Sept. 29 - Talking cocktails and carnivals with the songwriting triumvirate", Willamette Week, 20 September 2006
  4. ^ Hogan, Marc (2007) "From Rock Star to Entrepreneur", BusinessWeek, January 16, 2007

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