The Loud Family
The Loud Family debuted on Alias Records in 1993 with the Mitch Easter-produced Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things. It was a Melody Maker album-of-the-week, and Aimee Mann called it one of the five best records ever made.
The 1994 follow-up was The Tape of Only Linda. Dark and jagged, it made Rolling Stone's year-end list of "albums to remember" and was described by Alternative Press as having "enough silky and gnarled gems to woo any fan of exquisitely crafted rocque."
1996 saw the release of the ambitious and experimental Interbabe Concern, an album reminiscent of Lolita Nation, the cult classic by guitarist/vocalist Scott Miller's previous group Game Theory. It's "a truly brilliant record" according to Cake and "damn near a masterpiece of beautiful pop" according to AP. Interbabe was the first album to feature bassist Kenny Kessel, formerly of Indian Bingo.
Days for Days (1998) was the first to feature the lineup of Scott on guitar, Kenny on bass, Alison Faith Levy on keyboards, and Gil Ray on drums. Ray returned to the Scott Miller fold after recovering from a back injury, which had interrupted his days as the drummer for Game Theory. Days for Days received four stars in the U.K.'s Q Magazine, and CMJ said "Miller and Family construct arching melodies like master craftsmen, making each cut both sonically interesting and memorable."
The band's final Alias release was the complex, thoughtful Attractive Nuisance (2000). 125 Records released a live album, From Ritual to Romance, in 2002, featuring recordings made during the Loud Family's 1996 and 1998 tours. After a bit of a hiatus, Scott collaborated with Sacramento pop hero Anton Barbeau on What If It Works? (2006), also on the 125 label; Amplifier magazine called it "damned good... an excellent addition to the Loud Family library."
|What If It Works? (2006)|
|From Ritual to Romance (2002)|
|Attractive Nuisance (2000)|
|Days For Days (1998)|
|Interbabe Concern (1996)|
|The Tape of Only Linda (1994)|
|Slouching Towards Liverpool EP (1993)|
|Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things (1993)|