Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller was originially the frontman for the band Radish, a group compared to Nirvana by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band's popularity grew in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on The Weird Al Show, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt.

Kweller began his solo career with his first album Freak Out It's..Ben Kweller. Recorded using a basic pro-tools setup, the album attracted the attention from the likes of Evan Dando of The Lemonheads. Dando invited Kweller to perform on tour with him as the main support across America and Europe. In 2001 Ben Kweller signed to ATO Records, and released the EP Phone Home. Several months later in March of 2002 Sha Sha Kwellers first solo studio LPwas released. Sha Sha included the very radio-friendly and popular single 'Wasted & Ready'. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising.

In 2003, Kweller toured Australia with Ben Folds and Ben Lee as The Bens. The trio produced an eponymous EP.

2004 saw the release of On My Way. On My Way saw a whole new side of Kweller, the writing showed a more mature and subudued sound well beyond Kweller's 25 years. The album was recorded 'live' - there were limited overdubs and no use of headphones. After the release of On My Way, Kweller embarked on more touring playing to his largest audiences ever.

In September Ben Kweller will be releasing his third album, titled "Ben Kweller". His tour for the album will not be solo acoustic, but rather a 6 piece band complete with an organ.

Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
Ben Kweller - Wasted And Ready
Ben Kweller - On My Way

Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites !!!
Feeder - Comfort In Sound + Pushing The Senses !!!
Tahiti 80 - Wallpaper For The Soul !!!
The Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Explosions In The Sky - Live @ LA Troubador 12-17-05
Flogging Molly - Within A Mile Of Home
Tenacious D, Flogging Molly, Alana Davis
Live @ KDGE Adventure Club:
Ash, Ben Kweller, Bright Eyes, Phantom Planet, Rilo Kiley, Snow Patrol, The Zutons, Thrills, etc.


Blogger Evan said...

The song "Sundress" off Kweller's new album is...incredible.

8:27 PM  

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