Nevada Bachelors

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Nevada Bachelors
OriginSeattle, Washington, US
GenresAlternative rock, indie, pop rock
Years active1997 (1997)–2001
Associated actsDear John Letters, Loaded, The Long Winters
Past membersRobb Benson
Mike Squires
Ben Brunn
Dusty Hayes
Jason Finn

Nevada Bachelors were an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1997. The band's lineup consisted of Robb Benson (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), Mike Squires (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ben Brunn (bass, backing vocals). Dusty Hayes was the band's drummer from their formation until 1999, and was replaced by Jason Finn. They released two studio albums, Carrots & So On (1998) and Hello Jupiter (2000), before disbanding in 2001.


Formation and Carrots & So On (1997–1999)[edit]

After moving to Seattle in 1991,[1] musician Robb Benson played with a number of bands before forming the Nevada Bachelors with Dusty Hayes (drums) and Ben Brunn (bass) in 1997.[1] Later, adding to the lineup, former Eat the Feeling bassist and former Compass guitarist Mike Squires,.[2] They recorded their debut album entitled Carrots & So On in February 1998 with Johnny Sangster producing, and the band co-producing, at Egg Studios in Seattle, Washington.[3][4][5] The album was released on October 13 of that year through Conrad Uno's PopLlama.[4][6][7] The album was well received, earning comparisons to Blur, Supergrass, The Police and Bracket.[6] The band toured in support of the album, while they played several shows supporting Death Cab for Cutie.[8] However, by July 1999, Hayes had departed the band and was replaced by Jason Finn formerly of The Presidents of the United States of America,[9] with the Nevada Bachelors supporting Fountains of Wayne the same year.[9][10]

Hello Jupiter and disbanding (1999–2001)[edit]

In November 1999,[11] the band recorded their second album entitled Hello Jupiter with producer Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios in Seattle, Washington,[12][13] with the album released on April 11, 2000 through Pop Llama.[11] The same year, Finn, Dave Dederer and Chris Ballew reformed The Presidents of the United States of America[14][15] while Squires joined Harvey Danger as their live guitarist.[16] By 2001, Benson disbanded the band, citing a lack of focus due to the band members involvements with various projects.[1] Following the breakup, Benson released his first solo EP before forming Dear John Letters with producer, guitarist Johnny Sangster, bassist Richard Davidson and drummer Cassady Laton.[1] However, the band disbanded in 2004 with Benson pursuing a solo career.[17] Squires continued as live guitarist with Harvey Danger before joining The Long Winters[18] then Loaded.[19]

Band members[edit]

  • Robb Benson – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard (1997–2001)
  • Mike Squires – lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–2001)
  • Ben Brunn – bass, backing vocals (1997–2001)
  • Dusty Hayes – drums, backing vocals (1997–1999)
  • Jason Finn – drums (1999–2001)


  • Carrots & So On (1998)
  • Hello Jupiter (2000)


  1. ^ a b c d Potterf, Tina (August 3, 2003). "Local musicians: Buzz, Beatles comparisons build for Dear John Letters". The Seattle Times.
  2. ^ "Nevada Bachelors Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Carrots & So On (CD booklet). Nevada Bachelors. Pop Llama Records. 1998.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ a b "Carrots & So On Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Carrots & So On Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Koss, Ian (December 1998). "Nevada Bachelors Carrots and So On". Ink 19.
  7. ^ A. Martin, Richard (February 24, 1999). "On the Fringe or Up-and-Coming". Seattle Weekly.
  8. ^ Moriarity, Sean (November 22, 1998). "Death Cab For Cutie / Western State Hurricanes / Jen Wood Trio / Nevada Bachelors". The Daily of the University of Washington. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Blackstock, Peter (July 16, 1999). "Fountains of Wayne strives to keep pop well from running dry". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  10. ^ Khandekar, Pooja (July 21, 1999). "Nevada Bachelors/Owsley/Fountains of Wayne". The Daily of the University of Washington. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Hello Jupiter Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  12. ^ Hello Jupiter (CD booklet). Nevada Bachelors. Pop Llama Records. 2000.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. ^ "Hello Jupiter Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  14. ^ J. Martinez, Michael (July 24, 2000). "It's in their heads to get back together again". The Seattle Times.
  15. ^ Stout, Gene (March 21, 2003). "Though times are scary, the Presidents still want to have fun". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  16. ^ "For SQUIRES One Million (or 10 Other) Pseudo-Bio Questions". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  17. ^ "Robb Benson is not retiring, just going solo". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. December 16, 2004.
  18. ^ "Band Bios". Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  19. ^ de Sylvia, Dave (September 29, 2008). "Duff McKagan's Loaded Interview". Sputnikmusic. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012.

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