Seam (band)

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OriginChapel Hill, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois, US
GenresIndie rock, post-hardcore, slowcore, emocore
Years active1991–2000
LabelsHomestead, Merge, Touch and Go, Ché, Ajax
Associated actsBitch Magnet, Superchunk, Bottomless Pit
WebsiteTouch and Go
Past membersSooyoung Park
Craig White
Reg Shrader
John Lee
Lexi Mitchell
William Shin
Mac McCaughan
Bob Rising
Chris Manfrin

Seam was an American indie rock band from Chicago (formerly from Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Active from 1991 to 2000, it was led by Sooyoung Park, former frontman of Bitch Magnet. Seam's initial line-up included bassist Lexi Mitchell and drummer Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk).[1]


The band signed to Homestead Records in the United States and City Slang in Europe, and released debut album Headsparks in 1992.[1][2] In 1993 they left Homestead for Touch and Go Records, releasing the "Kernel" single before McCaughan left to be replaced by Bob Rising, with Craig White also joining on guitar.[1] This line-up recorded the band's second album, The Problem with Me in 1993.[1] The band returned in 1995 with the album Are You Driving Me Crazy?, with Park now joined by a new line-up of Reg Shrader (guitar), William Shin (bass guitar), and Chris Manfrin (drums).[1] The band's final album, The Pace Is Glacial, was released in 1998. Their last tour was in Seoul, South Korea, in 2000.

Drummer Chris Manfrin currently plays in the band Bottomless Pit, featuring two members from former labelmates Silkworm.


  • Sooyoung Parkguitar, vocals (1991–2000)
  • Craig White – guitar (1992–1993)
  • Reg Shrader – guitar (1995–2000)
  • John Lee – guitar (1999)
  • Lexi Mitchell – bass (1991–1994)
  • William Shin – bass (1994–2000)
  • Mac McCaughandrums (1991–1992)
  • Bob Rising – drums (1992–1993)
  • Chris Manfrin – drums (1993–2000)


Studio albums
EPs and singles
  • "Days of Thunder" (1991, Homestead)
  • "Granny 9X" (1992, Merge)
  • Kernel (1993, Touch and Go)
  • "Hey Latasha" (1995, Ché)
  • "Sukiyaki" (1999, Ajax)


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1, p. 548
  2. ^ Sheppard, Denise (2007). "Seam". Trouser Press. Retrieved March 23, 2013.

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