Spokane originates from Richmond, Virginia. Its principal vocalist and songwriter Rick Alverson founded the band in 1999, after the dissolution of his previous 10-member project Drunk, with the intention of exploring that small, quiet, sometimes disturbing (and most often ignored) space in life between events and behind the glare of the overtly mentionable, and as a vehicle to stand (however quietly) in objection to the west's cultural addiction to the fast, loud and ostentatious.
He released Leisure & Other Songs the following year, a deliberately vacant document of the American experience. Soon thereafter Courtney Bowles joined as drummer and vocalist, and, along with violinist Karl Runge, the band released its sophomore album The Proud Graduates, which firmly established them as "minimalist leaning, devastatingly subtle cra...
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