Kendra Smith

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Kendra Smith
Born (1960-03-14) March 14, 1960 (age 58)
GenresAlternative music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsPump organ, guitar, bass
Years active1979–1995
Associated actsDream Syndicate
Rainy Day
Mazzy Star

Kendra Louise Smith (born March 14, 1960)[1] is an American musician who was a founding member of Dream Syndicate, a member of Opal, and later recorded as a solo artist.


After one privately pressed release with Suspects in 1979, Smith formed the Dream Syndicate in 1981 with Steve Wynn, and went on to record an EP and an album as bassist with the group before leaving in 1983 to join former Rain Parade guitarist David Roback in Rainy Day (she had worked with Roback before, providing backing vocals on the Rain Parade album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip).[1]

Rainy Day released an album and a single in 1984 before Roback and Smith became a duo in the psychedelic-tinged band Opal.[2][3]

Opal only released one record before they split up, the Northern Line EP, but recorded enough material for two compilation albums, Happy Nightmare Baby and Early Recordings.[4] Smith left Opal during the band's final tour and was replaced by Hope Sandoval, with Opal changing its name to Mazzy Star after the tour.[3]

Smith formed a new band, The Guild of Temporal Adventurers, with Jonah Corey and A. Philip Uberman,[5] who released an eponymous mini-LP in 1992, with Smith playing the pump organ, but her next release would not be until 1995 when her solo debut, Five Ways of Disappearing was issued on the 4AD label, and was described by Trouser Press as "an impressive — and colorful — achievement".[3][6]

Not much is known about her after the solo album came out except according to 4AD she had moved to the woods of Northern California in the early 1990s, living in a small cabin with no electricity, and returned there after making two appearances to promote the album.[7] In 2017, Smith sang vocals on the last track on Dream Syndicate's reunion album How Did I Find Myself Here?, her first appearance on a musical recording since 1995.[8]


With Suspects[edit]

  • "Talking Loud" 7" (1979)

With The Dream Syndicate[edit]

With Clay Allison[edit]

  • "Fell From the Sun" 7" (1984) Serpent

Kendra Smith and David Roback and Keith Mitchell[edit]

  • Fell From the Sun EP (1984) Serpent/Enigma (UK Indie #16)[9]

With Rainy Day[edit]

  • Rainy Day (1984) Llama/Rough Trade
  • "I'll Keep It With Mine" (1984) Rough Trade (UK Indie #36)[9]

With Opal[edit]

  • "Northern Line" 12" EP (1986) One Big Guitar (UK Indie #17)[9]
  • Happy Nightmare Baby (1987) SST
  • Early Recordings (1989) Serpent/Rough Trade

With The Guild of Temporal Adventurers[edit]

  • Kendra Smith Presents the Guild of Temporal Adventurers mini-LP (1992) Fiasco


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  2. ^ Cromelin, Richard (9 June 1990). "Mazzy Star Debut a Fine Fix of Velvet Blues". Los Angeles Times. p. 9.
  3. ^ a b c Phares, Heather "Kendra Smith Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason "The Guild of Temporal Adventurers Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  6. ^ Schoemer, Karen & Robbins, Ira "Kendra Smith", Trouser Press
  7. ^ "Kendra Smith" at 4AD
  8. ^ Chiu, David (September 13, 2017). "Kendra Smith: A Musical Disappearing Act Reemerges". Medium. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4