The Ladybug Transistor
|The Ladybug Transistor|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
Sunshine pop revival
|Past members||Ben Crum
San Fadyl (deceased)
Started in 1995 by Gary Olson, Edward Powers and Javier Villegas, the band quickly released Marlborough Farms on Park N' Ride records, adding and subtracting a couple of members and going on an international tour. With Jeff Baron (Guppyboy, The Essex Green) and Jennifer Baron (Saturnine) added to the lineup, they released Beverley Atonale in 1997, this time on Merge Records. Powers left the band, and the remaining members, with San Fadyl and Sasha Bell of The Essex Green and solo act Finishing School, embarked on a United States tour.
With a more stable lineup, the band released The Albemarle Sound in 1999, as well as added violinist and bassist Julia Rydholm (The Four Corners, The Essex Green, Jens Lekman) to the lineup. In 2001, Argyle Heir was released. In 2003 the band recorded a self-titled album at WaveLab Studio with engineer Craig Schumacher in Tucson, Arizona. In 2006 the band contributed heavily to the recording of Kevin Ayers' album The Unfairground which Gary Olson produced. In April 2006, Fadyl began fighting serious asthma attacks. On the 26th of April 2007, he died due to one such attack.
For their seventh album Clutching Stems, Olson, Forester, and Rydholm gathered new recruits Mark Dzula (The Magic Caravan, Jukebox Radio), Eric Farber (The Lisps), and Michael O'Neill (MEN). The album, recorded at Marlborough Farms (studio) and Sunset Cottage, Poconos, was released on June 6, 2011, by Merge Records.
- Marlborough Farms (1995)
- Beverley Atonale (1997)
- The Albemarle Sound (1999)
- Argyle Heir (2001)
- The Ladybug Transistor (2003)
- Can't Wait Another Day (2007)
- Clutching Stems (2011)
- Clutching Stems. Dusted review.