Sense Field

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Sense Field
Origin California, United States
Genres Emo, alternative rock, indie rock, post-hardcore
Years active 1990–2004, 2012, 2013, 2016
Labels Revelation, Warner Bros., Nettwerk
Past members Jon Bunch
Chris Evenson
Rob Pfeiffer
Rodney Sellars
John Stockberger
Scott McPherson

Sense Field was an American rock band from California, formed in 1991 and disbanded in 2004, who briefly reformed for two Revelation Records' anniversary shows in 2012 and 2013 as well as a pair of Jon Bunch memorial shows in 2016.


Formed in 1990, Sense Field was one of several mid-90's post-hardcore and emo bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Jimmy Eat World and Texas Is the Reason to achieve commercial success, who are largely credited with bringing this style of music to a more mainstream audience. Initially signed to Revelation Records, under whom they released three albums: Sense Field, Killed For Less and Building. They signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records in 1996, however problems within the label caused the band to sit in limbo for five years as the label re-staffed multiple times. The band were eventually released from their contract and Sense Field won the right to re-record the album they had originally written for Warner Bros. The album, Tonight and Forever, was released in September 2001 on the Canadian independent label Nettwerk.

The band experienced their greatest success in 2002 with the single "Save Yourself", which was released on Tonight and Forever and then re-purposed as part of a compilation of tracks for the television show Roswell.[1] The success of the song allowed the band to perform on late night television shows such as The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show, also seeing the song place on numerous 2002 best-of countdowns.[1] The group quickly followed up the release with the 2003 album Living Outside[2] which became their only album to chart, reaching #37 on U.S. Heatseekers.[3]

Sense Field disbanded shortly after the release of Living Outside in January 2004, at the culmination of a world tour in support of their fifth and final album.

Post Break-Up[edit]

Following the demise of Sense Field the band members went on to other outfits. Jon Bunch became the vocalist of Further Seems Forever. They released one album with Bunch in the line up before that band also parted ways. In early 2006, Jon Bunch and his Further Seems Forever bandmate Derick Cordoba went on to create Fields Forever, a duo project that plays acoustic versions of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever songs. Bunch then went on to form the post-hardcore band War Generation, and the rock band Lucky Scars. Original drummer Scott McPherson became a sought after session player and also was a member of both Elliott Smith and Neil Finn's touring bands. Rodney Sellars created the shoegaze revivalist outfit, The Year Zero, who released their debut album in mid-2006. Chris Evenson appeared in tandem with The Juliana Theory's Brett Detar for a song under the Belasana moniker which was featured on 2004's "Maybe This Christmas Tree".

Bunch died on Jan. 31, 2016 at the age of 45.[4][5]

Reunion Shows[edit]

Sense Field reunited for a Revelation Records 25 Year Anniversary Show on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at The Glass House in Pomona, California. As a warm up to that show, they played The Slide Bar in Fullerton, California on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. They also played the Rev 25 show in Chicago on January 6, 2013. All three shows featured mostly original members, except filling in on bass for John Stockberger was Ian Fowles, who also toured the U.S. filling in on guitar for Rodney Sellars in 2003 while supporting Living Outside. The band reunited twice more: March 20, 2016 at The Yost in Orange County and June 25, 2016 at The TLA in Philadelphia, with both shows serving as fundraisers for Jon Bunch's son, Jack.



  • Sense Field (1994)
  • Killed for Less (1994)
  • Building (1996)
  • Tonight and Forever (2001)
  • Living Outside (2003) U.S. Heatseekers No. 37[3]


  • Sense Field Cassette EP (1990)
  • Sense Field EP (1991)
  • Premonitions EP (1992)
  • Sense Field / Jimmy Eat World / Mineral split EP (1997)
  • Part of the Deal EP (1999)
  • Fun Never Ends EP (2001)
  • Sense Field / onelinedrawing split EP (2000)
  • The musings of Sense Field and Running From Dharma split EP (2004)


  • "Caribou" - Where is My Mind? - a tribute to The Pixies (Glue Factory Records, 1999)
  • To End a Letter (2004) (Japan)


  1. ^ a b Carla Hay (16 Feb 2002). "Sound Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  2. ^ Andrew Bonazelli (August 2003). "Reviews: Sense Field - Living Outside". CMJ New Music Monthly. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic
  4. ^ Heisel, Scott. "Jon Bunch, former vocalist of Further Seems Forever and Sense Field, dead at 45". Substream Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jon Bunch, Former Frontman of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever, Dead at 45". 

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