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Stabbing Westward Biography

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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1985 - 2002
Genres: Industrial Rock, Alternative Rock

Stabbing Westward were an industrial rock/alternative band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in 1985 and parted ways in 2002. Christopher Hall and Walter Flakus formed the band when they were still in college and moved to Chicago in 1986, with the original line-up consisting of Hall on bass and lead vocals, Flakus on keyboards, and Jim Clanin on guitar. In 1990 the band put out a four track EP called “Iwo Jimma.” The band's line-up changed somewhat with the addition of Jim Sellers on bass and Chris Vrenna on drums. The band was offered a deal with Columbia Records as Vrenna returned to his former band, Nine Inch Nails, and Dave Suycott stepped in on drums. The band's debut for the label, “Ungod,” arrived in 1994, followed by opening slots on the Depeche Mode 'Exotic Tour,' and Killing Joke's North American tour.

Suycott left the band after the 'Ungod' tour and Andy Kubiszewski filled his spot, becoming a permanent fixture of Stabbing Westward and taking on a more prominent role as the main song writer. The band's second offering, “Wither Blister Burn & Peel” emerged in 1996 and was a commercial success, spurning the hit singles: “Shame” and “What Do I Have to Do?,” which saw heavy rotation on MTV. By 1998, Stabbing Westward had relocated to Los Angeles, California where they began work on their third studio album, “Darkest Days.” Despite the lead single off the album, “Save Yourself,” being a success, the album failed to sell as well as its predecessor. Next the band hit the road and toured in support of the album with Placebo, The Cult, Monster Magnet, and Depeche Mode. After the tour had ended the band were dropped by Columbia Records and snapped up by Koch Records, just as another guitar change happened with Mark Eliopulos leaving and Derrek Hawkins joining. The band's fourth offering, “Stabbing Westward” appeared in 2001 and spawned the hit single, “So Far Away.”

As the band went back into the studio to work on their fifth and final album, the band announced that they were disbanding. Their final album, “What Do I have to Do?” was released in 2003. Hall went on to form the Los Angeles based band, The Dreaming, who put out their debut album “Etched in Blood” in 2007; Flakus has been working with The Clay People and Chokt, and DJs on the Chicago rock station Q87.7; Jim Sellers and his wife have opened a natural food market called Sellers Market, while Andy Kubiszewski plays drums for Affected with Chris Schleyer, and finally, Mark Eliopulos plays guitar for the Violent New Breed, HTH, Super Model and Brave Ulysses.