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Rainer Maria

Madison, WI, emo trio Rainer Maria emerged in 1995 from the ashes of another poetically inclined local combo, Ezra Pound, reuniting singer/guitarist Kyle Fischer and drummer William Kuehn. Enlisting singer/bassist Caithlin De Marrais, within six weeks Rainer Maria recorded their first demo cassette, quickly selling out all 350 copies. Following a handful of compilation appearances, the group resurfaced in 1996 with a self-titled EP on Polyvinyl; the single "New York: 1955" appeared in early 1997, heralding a shift toward the more subtle melodicism of the full-length Past Worn Searching. Absent throughout 1998, a year later Rainer Maria returned with both the full-length Look Now Look Again and the EP Atlantic. A Better Version of Me arrived in early 2001.

Within the next two years, the band would tally nearly 80,000 records sold worldwide. Rainer Maria's sweet indie rock was contagious and their fan base never lacked enthusiasm. Long Knives Drawn, which appeared in January 2003, marked Rainer Maria's slickest effort yet and was a sure challenge to their rock & roll peers. The band's first ever CD/DVD combo, Anyone in Love with You (Already Knows), was released in March 2004. The double-disc set included various live cuts from Rainer Maria's touring days and live footage from a show in Chapel Hill, NC, from their 2003 tour. In 2006, the band moved to Grunion Records and released Catastrophe Keeps Us Together. Unfortunately, that album's title didn't hold true, and after final shows that December, Rainer Maria called it quits. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Comments

One of my favourite bands to discover via Pandora just as they split up :(
One of my favourite bands to discover via Pandora just as they split up :(
Contagious sound, strong vocals. Reunite !
love these guys. old friends of mine from back in the day. they used to play little DYI shows in my basement in central PA. saw them play a big show at the El Rey in Los Angeles years later with Death Cab. miss the old days....
I discovered Rainer Maria on a College Music Journal compilation c.d. I dig it, I have Long Knives Drawn.
pfiffner436
Awesome band. Played great live shows. They did a cover of Coldplay Yellow at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago that was the way better than the real thing. Great addition to the local midwest music scene in the late 90's. Too bad they are no more.
clayd1
Eh? What? Is music playing or not? This band makes me feel like I'm deaf. Maybe they'd be good background stuff for an intense dialogue scene in a teen drama, but otherwise I feel like I don't even have a choice here - it's not that I would listen to them if I could, it's that I couldn't hear them even if I listened. Just not my thing, I guess...
I do not think they sound like concrete blonde at all...concre t e Blonde is soo much better and much deeper. Rainer Maria is oka they have a few really good songs, but the rest are just fillers to me. They could never compare to Concrete Blonde
Sounds like Concrete Blonde...
rudd.kari
A little boring.
Mellow? Really? Hm.
GOOD MUSIC TO MELLOW TO.......YEE E E E A A A A A A H H H H H H H H
I don't know about the comparison to happy pu*ssy, but I like both.
I'm a guy, but for some reason I really like "Automatic". It's the musical equivalent of kitten doing a back flip, purring playfully as it lands.

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