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OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresAlternative rock, grunge[1]
Years active1990–1994; 2004

Hammerbox was an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington, United States. The band formed around 1990 and disbanded in 1994 when lead singer Carrie Akre left the band to form Goodness.


Hammerbox formed around 1989 in Seattle and released their first LP, Hammerbox on independent label C/Z Records. This album earned them the opportunity to sign to a major label, A&M Records, with whom they released their second album. However, despite the band's appearance at rock festival Endfest in Bremerton, Washington to support their album, it did not sell well and the band was dropped by the label. James Atkins left the band in early 1994, and the rest of the members followed suit shortly thereafter. Carrie Akre formed Goodness, while Harris Thurmond went on to form Anodyne (later renamed to Marfa Lights) with That Petrol Emotion singer Steve Mack. Thurmond formed Orbiter in 2000, and later Kingsley in 2003.

Live EMP Skychurch, Seattle, WA, an album containing live material from the band's reunion show, was released in 2005.

Bassist James Atkins died in 2016 from esophageal cancer. He was 49.[2]


  • Carrie Akre - vocals
  • Harris Thurmond - guitar
  • James Atkins (died 2016) - bass guitar
  • Dave Bosch - drums


The songs "Trip" and "Simple Passing" from the album Numb are featured in the soundtrack of the video game Road Rash, by Electronic Arts.


  1. ^ Sutton, Michael. "Hammerbox". Allmusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "James Atkins of Hammerbox Has Died | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.

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