This suburban metal/industrial band originally formed a dozen years ago in Macomb, Ill., and later signed to Columbia during the early '90s feeding frenzy. The resulting debut, Ungod, was practically invisible, without any major radioplay. But "What Do I Have to Do?" from the disc Wither, Blister, Burn + Peel turned out to be quite popular. The single debuted at Billboard's #62 and the album was in the top 100 eventually going gold.
A third disk, the 16-song Darkest Days, was recorded in the band's new home, Los Angeles, with Dave Jerden (Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains). Jerden reportedly passed on the opportunity to produce Wither, but was still on the bands' list this time around. The album also made the Billboard charts.
Their second disc was eventually done in upstate New York by John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, Love & Rockets). The first was done in England. Tough life, recording, eh?
The bands influences include Depeche Mode (for whose 1998 fall tour they'll be opening), The Cure, Jane's Addiction, and '80s Wax Trax. Oh, and bandleader Chris Hall appeared in an issue of Playgirl a few years back. Other members include drummer Andy Kubiszewski, keyobardist/programmer Walter Flakus, guitarist Mark Eliopoulos and bassist Jim Sellers.
In February of 2002, Stabbing Westward disbanded. Currently, Chris Hall has recorded a track for the band, The Dreaming.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.stabbingwestward.com
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