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Harvey Danger Biography

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Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA
Years Active: 1992–2001, 2004–2009
Genres: Indie Rock, Post-grunge

Harvey Danger ware an indie rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1993, and rose to prominence in 1998 with the single “Flagpole Sitta.” The band consisted of vocalists Sean Nelson; Jeff J. Lin on guitar, piano, and violin; Aaron Huffman on bass, guitar; Evan Sult on drums, and later replaced by Michael Welke; and Rob Knop on keyboards. In 2009, the band disbanded, playing their final show at the famous Crocodile Cafe in Seattle. Harvey Danger came together in 1992 when University of Washington classmates Jeff Lin and Aaron Huffman decided to start a band together. The duo got their start playing friends parties and eventually picked up local gigs. With a strong local following, mostly made up of college fans, the duo decided to expand to a trio with drummer Evan Sult, which became a foursome when single Sean Nelson got on board.

As the foursome played more shows all over Seattle, the buzz around the band and the fast-growing fan base led to a piece in the Seattle Times Newspaper on the band. The band recorded a three-track demo tape with producer John Goodmanson, which failed to land the band a record deal with a major, however an intern at London Records, Greg Glover thought the band had something and wanted to help them. Glover ran his own indie label, Arena Rock Recording Co., and decided to pay for studio time for the band to record their debut album, “Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?” in 1997. The album was met with positive reviews from local press and fans alike. College airplay followed, which lead to mainstream airplay in Seattle, and suddenly “Flagpole Sitta” was a huge hit and became the most requested song on Seattle's 107.7 The End. The Los Angeles radio station, KROQ also picked up the track, where it became a huge success also. When Glover was hired by Slash/London Records, Harvey Danger went with him and was signed to the label.

1998 saw the band touring extensively, before heading back into the studio to work on their second offering, “King James Version,” (2000). The band quickly became discouraged due to the two years it took the record label to release their second album. With low marketing and minimal touring, record sales were low and the buzz that had once surrounded the band appeared to dissipate. By 2001 the band departed and went their separate ways after a final show in Portland that year. Jeff Lin returned to school; Evan Sult relocated to Chicago and became a member of the band, Bound Stems; Aaron Huffman formed the group Love Hotel; Sean Nelson recorded and toured with The Long Winters, in addition to writing for the weekly alternative Seattle newspaper, The Stranger; Nelson, and becoming a partner in Barsuk Records and a DJ for Seattle's KEXP radio station.

2004 saw Nelson, Huffman, and Lin enter the studio together once again with Nada Surf's Ira Elliot accompanying them on drums. Sult, busy in Chicago, sent his blessing for Harvey Danger's reincarnation. 2004 also marked the band's 10th anniversary in the music business and their first live show in three years. The band played Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, with Nada Surf opening, to a packed house. The show, free of restraints from a record label, ignited new energy into the band to start work on a new album. Harvey Danger recruited Seattle-based drummer Michael Welke, and performed with their new line-up at the Bumbershoot Festival in 2004. The band followed up with a self-released five-song EP, “Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes),” and another sold-out show at the Crocodile. The band's third studio album, “Little By Little...” emerged in 2005. The band embarked on a tour in support of their new album; however, by 2009 the band had decided to call it quits once again. Harvey Danger played eight farewell shows, and officially released, “The Dead Sea Scrolls,” an album of B-sides on their website for free download.