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Blonde Redhead Biography

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Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop

Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock band, who formed in New York City in 1993. The band is comprised of Kazu Makino on vocals and guitar, and twin brothers Simone Pace on drums and vocals and Amedeo Pace on guitar. The Pace brothers were born in Milan, Italy, grew up in Montreal, and moved to Boston to study jazz. Upon graduating the brothers relocated to New York City to pursue music on the underground alternative scene. The brothers quickly recruited Japanese singer, Kazu Makino, after seeing her perform and the trio was formed.

After the release of Blonde Redhead's 1995 self-titled debut, Maki Takahashi joined the band and was later replaced by bassist, Toko Yasuda, who also later left. The trio continued on playing local gigs. Their second album, "La Mia Vita Violenta,” followed later in 1995.

“Fake Can Be Just as Good,” their third LP, was issued by the Touch and Go Records label in 1997. For that record they were joined by Vern Rumsey of Unwound, who filled the role of guest bassist. Skúli Sverrisson, who the twins knew from their time in Boston, played bass on subsequent recordings.

A fourth album, “In an Expression of the Inexpressible,” was released by Touch and Go in 1998. Guy Picciotto of Fugazi was hired as producer for the album. Picciotto also contributed in the construction to the song “Futurism vs. Passéism Part 2” as well as lending it his vocals. Picciotto also produced with Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studio their next album, “Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons,” issued in 2000.

The band's debut for the 4AD label, “Misery is a Butterfly,” arrived in 2004 and was again produced by Picciotto and Hadlock. 2007 marked the release of the band's second album on 4AD, “23,” which was their first self-produced LP. Their eighth album, “Penny Sparkle,” arrived in 2010 via 4AD.