The Ladybug Transistor

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The Ladybug Transistor
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Indie Pop
Baroque pop
Sunshine pop revival
Years active 1995–present
Labels Merge Records
Website Official website
Members Gary Olson
Julia Rydholm
Kyle Forester
Michael O'Neill
Eric Farber
Mark Dzula
Jeff Baron
Past members Ben Crum
San Fadyl (deceased)
Sasha Bell
Jennifer Baron
Edward Powers
Javier Villegas

The Ladybug Transistor is a Brooklyn-based indie pop group associated with The Elephant Six Collective.

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, and 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.

The band released their sixth album, "Can't Wait Another Day", on June 5, 2007. This line up included Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts) and Ben Crum of Great Lakes.

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.[1]




  1. ^ Clutching Stems. Dusted review.