The Van Pelt

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The Van Pelt
The van pelt at 13th note.jpg
Left to right: Maryansky, Leo, O'Brien, Yasuda
Background information
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1993 – 1997, 2009, 2014
Labels Gern Blandsten Records
Southern Records
La Castanya
Website Gern Blandsten profile
Past members Chris Leo (1993-1997)
Brian Maryansky (1993-1997)
Toko Yasuda (1993-1996)
Neil O'Brien (1993-1997)
Sean Greene (1996-1997)

The Van Pelt is an American indie rock band from New York City that were active from 1993 to 1997, and have reformed briefly several times since then.

The band formed in 1993 at New York University, with Chris Leo (formerly of Native Nod and brother of Ted Leo) on vocals and guitar, David Baum on guitar, Barry London on bass. and Neil O'Brien on drums. A seven song demo was recorded with Geoff Turner at WGNS studio in DC, and a split single with Radio to Saturn featuring "His Saxophone Is My Guitar" was released on Sudden Shame records. London soon left the group, and Toko Yasuda joined the band in 1995 to record their first album Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves in 1996 with Alap Momin at Sweetwood Sound. Baum & Yasuda would leave the group within the year, Yasuda joing Blonde Redhead. Brian Maryansky & Sean Greene would join late 96 for writing, recording of and Sultans Of Sentiment in 1997. "Sultans" & "Thieves" were released by Gern Blandsten records. Green would soon leave the band & Toko Yasuda returned to tour & record the Speeding Train ep on Art Monk Construction Records.

The Van Pelt disbanded in 1997, with Chris and Toko forming a new band called The Lapse that year, and Brian later joining the band Jets to Brazil in 1998.

The band reunited in 2009 for two shows, playing one show on June 20 at the Blackcat in Washington, D.C. with Frodus, and another on June 21 at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In February 2014 it was announced that the band would be issuing a record of previous unreleased material recorded around 1996 and 1997,[1] as well as reforming to play at the All Tomorrow's Parties Jabberwocky festival in London.[2] The album, Imaginary Third, was released in April 2014.[3]


7" & EPs[edit]

  • Split 7" with Radio To Saturn (1994)
  • Split 7" with Young Pioneers (1995)
  • Split 7" with Chisel
  • Speeding Train (EP, Art Monk Construction, 1997)
  • Same As Stone 7" (2005)


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