A Minor ForestThe A Minor Forest story begins in the late 80's in San Diego, where Andee (the drummer) and Erik (the guitar player) grew up. Andee was studying art at U.C.S.D., working at the college radio station and playing in a metal band. The bass player in said band was still in high school with Erik, who was pretty much Goth at the time. The two met through this mutual friend and began to hang out.
In 1990 Andee moved away, eventually relocating in San Francisco. Erik followed in 1992, moving to the Bay Area to study music at U.C. Berkeley. The two began to play music together that spring. After months of searching for an acceptable bass player, John entered the picture in January of 1993. He had attended music school at Berkeley as well, playing clarinet in the symphony. One week after their first rehearsal, the three played their first show.
In the spring of 1994, Dominique Davison, another music student at Berkeley, began playing cello with the group, helping with recordings and occasional live performances. Through Dominique's band, Spitboy, AMF hooked up with Steve Albini in August of 1995. The band went on to record a number of sessions with both Steve and Bob Weston that would make up Flemish Altruism, their debut record for Thrill Jockey. Dominique left the band shortly before the record came out, but appears on some of that material as well as on various vinyl on releases that came out prior to Flemish. After much touring the band recorded their second record for Thrill Jockey, Inindependence with Brian Paulson in Winter of 1998 in Chicago. The band continued to tour and release singles and make compilation appearances for most of 1998, before deciding to take a hiatus in Fall of 1998. A collection of much of this out of print material and a couple new tracks made it onto the Were They in Some Sort of Fight? CD on My Pal God Records in 1999.
During A Minor Forest's hiatus, Andee went on to play in many bands including Lumen and the currently active Imperils. He became co-owner of Aquarius Records, one of the best record stores in the US. He also started his own record label, Tumult.
Erik went on to work in public radio and pursue chamber music with Dominique in their group Threnody Ensemble. This led him to attend graduate school in music at U.C. San Diego. From there, he went on to play with the band Pinback for six years.
John went on to play in the band Creepy Crawly Claw. He also created the Larry Bus, an Oakland public transit bus that he converted into a vegetable-oil powered mobile concert venue. He released a solo album in 2013.
On Nov. 9th 2013, A Minor Forest played their first show in 15 years at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, which has been followed by jaunts to LA and their birthplace of San Diego.
"…look at how much of the San Francisco trio's legacy has been ratified and perpetuated by indie-rock posterity: Hypnotically slithery emo jangle? Check. Appealingly disruptive math-spazz freakouts? Check. Twitchy dynamic shifts under drawling voice recordings? Check. Exquisitely crass song titles? Check" - SF Weekly
Glide Magazine featured Flemish Altruism / Inindependence as one of the 30 Essential Record Store Day Exclusives.
Impose caught up with A Minor Forest and premiered a live video of the epic 18-minute track "So Jesus Was At The Last Supper" from a recent gig in San Francisco. AMF is gearing up for their first tour in over a decade and a deluxe re-issue of their discography on RSD.
Brooklyn Vegan wrote a nice primer on the history of A Minor Forest with information about their upcoming tour.
A Minor Forest have reunited and are touring the nation in the Spring. Flemish Altruism and Inindependence will be available as a limited 4xLP set for Record Store Day 2014!!!