Tent Sleeps 4
Tent Sleeps 4
Songs were transformed through improvisation in live performances into totally anti-pop jam sessions, relying on chance radio broadcasts, random audience suggestions and participations and experiemental instrumentations. Chadbourne had already earned a Bachelor of Music Theory/Composition degree and was working on a masters in ethnomusicology at Kent State University. It was the first and only multi-racial band in Northeast Ohio in the post-punk era heavily dominated by thrasher and garage bands. Under the artistic vision of Chadbourne and Benson, the band added film and video images to their performances. In 1985, Massai Records signed the group in an open end contract. One album "Dangerous Animals" was officially released.
Several singles gained popularity on the college radio circuit. The band quickly gained status opening for national acts touring across the country (X, Romeo Void, Missing Persons, Berlin, Husker Du, Pylon, Shockabilly). Several unknown acts at the time, which opened for Tent Sleeps 4 later went on to phenomenal successes (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Trent Reznor in Slam Bamboo and Exotic Birds (later of Nine Inch Nails). The band dissolved in 1987 merely from over involvement in other projects. Chadbourne had gained notoriety as a performance artist and had several works commissioned and began working on a side project band "Blank Frank" (later known as Bla) with Tom Zavesky.
Benson formed his own video production company. Shields went on to join the band Exotic Birds. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..