Sarge (band)

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Sarge was an indie rock band from Champaign, Illinois, in the United States. They released three albums on Mud Records.[1]

Origin Champaign, Illinois
Genres {{indie rock}}
Years active 1996-2000
Labels Template:Mud Records
Past members
  • Elizabeth Elmore
  • Rachel Switzky
  • Chad Romanski
  • Sue Roth
  • Russ Horvath


The band was formed in 1996. Led by singer/songwriter Elizabeth Elmore, the band did some touring and released their debut album Charcoal on Mud Records. A single from that album, "Dear Josie, Love Robyn," received some exposure and media attention as the band toured the United States.

In 1998, they released a breakthrough record of sorts, The Glass Intact. The album, an emotional, punk rock-style record, began to receive some serious media attention, being reviewed at and making Spin's top twenty list in 1998. They were also part of Rolling Stones "Hot List" in 1998. The album eventually sold nearly 20,000 copies.

In 2000, Sarge split up for reasons unknown, although Elmore denies it was her choice. Bassist Rachel Switzky played bass on and off in different bands, and drummer Chad Romanski continued working with Elmore by playing drums on the debut release of later band, The Reputation. Elmore was able to pull together some rare and unreleased material and create the third and final Sarge album, Distant, from it. Elizabeth Elmore later became a lawyer.


Sarge released albums on Mud Records, as well as released a number of singles.

  • "Dear Josie, Love Robyn"/"The Last Boy" (7") – Mud Records (1996)
  • "Stall"/"Time After Time" (7") – Mud Records (1998)


  1. ^ "Hot List". Open Music Library. Retrieved 2017-04-20.