founded the band after the demise of Salt Lake City punk legends The Stench and Bad Yodelers. Magstatic quickly rose in esteem on the Salt Lake music scene and beyond; two of their first releases were a 7” on Sub Pop and a track on Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries #2 compilation. With the release of 1999’s Cruiseliner and 2001’s Wristrockets and Rollercoasters (both on Guapo Records), their star began to sparkle a bit more as the band stepped away from a hard-edged “emo” sound (the term never really fit them) and into an intense-but-hooky power pop context. Alas, personnel changes would plague the band and delay its inevitable break.
With their Pop Sweatshop debut Country vs. City (2003) Magstatic had changed out several members (everybody but D.H., actually) but still hit a confident stride. The album, as with each before it, was hailed as their best yet. The band seemed reinvigorated—and they were, for a moment.
Personnel changes again popped up as drummer Garry Ventura defected to Evil Beaver and guitarist Jason Horn returned to his previous band. Only D.H. and bassist Chelsa Vaun remained—and neither of them was prepared for Magstatic to call it a career. http://www.magstatic.com/mainandtpotogether.html Read more on Last.fm.
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