June of 44
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|June of 44|
|Origin||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, math rock|
|Associated acts||Rodan, Lungfish, Codeine, Rex, The Crownhate Ruin, Hoover, HiM, The Sonora Pine, Shipping News, Rachel's|
|Past members||Fred Erskine
June of 44 was an American rock band which was formed in 1994 from ex-members of Rodan, Lungfish, Rex, and Hoover. The band's music is often described as 'boat rock'. The band's name refers to the period during which writers Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin corresponded.
The band toured extensively and reached as far as Australia. Often referred to as the punk rock pirates of the math rock world, June of 44 were a collective from 1994–2000. All the members were living in different cities at the time. This seminal band created music that ranged from experimental jazz to ambient dub to angular post punk.
Debut album Engine Takes to the Water (1995) drew comparisons with both Slint and Will Oldham. The following year's Tropics and Meridians saw the band compared to Tortoise and The For Carnation. Drummer Doug Scharin had started HiM as a side project, which sometimes also featured bassist Fred Erskine, and Scharin also later started the avant-garde band Out in Worship. Meadows also had a side project, forming Sonora Pine with Tara Jane O'Neill. June of 44 released three further albums, incorporating more electronics and jazz influences, before the band split up in 1999, with vocalist/guitarist Jeff Mueller forming Shipping News and vocalist Sean Meadows forming Everlasting the Way and later Letter E. Erskine joined Abilene, while Scharin continued with HiM, also guesting with several other bands.
- Fred Erskine - bass guitar
- Sean Meadows - vocals, guitar
- Jeff Mueller - vocals, guitar
- Doug Scharin - drums
- Studio albums
- Engine Takes to the Water (1995)
- Tropics and Meridians (1996)
- Four Great Points (1998)
- Anahata (1999)
- Live albums
- In the Fishtank 6 (1999)
- "South East Boston" / "Dexterity of Luck" (2001)
- The Anatomy of Sharks (1997)
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