- Wheat (band)
Wheat is an
indie rockgroup formed by singer/songwriter Scott Levesque, drummer Brendan Harney, guitarist Ricky Brennan, and bass player Kenny Madaras in Taunton, Massachusettsin 1996. [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:4lu67uw080jg All Music Guide] ]
Wheat's debut album "Medeiros", released in 1998 on Sugar Free records, was recorded by Dave Auchenbach and mixed by
Red Red Meat's Brian Deck. Madaras left the group (and was never permanently replaced) prior to the release of their second Sugar Free album, 1999's " Hope and Adams", which was recorded/co-produced by Dave Fridmannat Tar Box Studios in Fredonia, NY and included the song "Don't I Hold You".
The group left Sugar Free Records and signed on with London based Nude Records in
2000. This label folded shortly after the signing. The band continued writing and after a 2 year period of record business limbo, and the adoption of an *, wheat* signed with Aware Records/ Columbia Recordsin 2002. The original version of Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Secondwas never released. Some of the songs recorded for the unreleased Nude album would survive as "Naked" versions on the "Too Much Time" compilation [aware/columbia] , some were re-recorded for the later version of "Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second". The new version of "Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second" was released in 2003. The album track "Some Days" was included in the film and on the soundtrack to " Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!", "I Met A Girl" appeared in " A Cinderella Story", and "Don't I Hold You (Alternate Version)" was featured in the film and soundtrack to "Elizabethtown".
Following touring, including supports for
Liz Phair, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Blake Babies, a few late night television appearances, Conan O'Brianand Carson Daly, Wheat, less the *, took time to re-evaluate, and regain creative control.Fact|date=February 2007 They were released from aware/Columbia in early 2004. Brennan left the band to form Duresse, self-releasing the 7 song EP entitled "Elate".
In 2006, Wheat completed writing/recording/producing their fourth album, "
Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square" with Rick Lescault at Electric Ali Studios in Fairhaven, MA. Slated for release by Empyrean Recordson 5/22/07, "Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square" was preceded by the mini-album "That's Exactly What I Wanted... Exactly That" in December 2006. Gary Lightbody, lead singer for Snow Patrol, is a self-proclaimed fan of the band, typically listing their albums on any of his top music lists, including his 2007 'Best of' blog post on the band's My Space page.
Hope and Adams(1999)
*Wheat (Re-Issue of Medeiros) (2003)
Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second(2003)
That's Exactly What I Wanted... Exactly That(2006) mini-album
Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square(2007)
*Off The Pedestal
*Don't I Hold You
*Raised Ranch Revolution
*I Met A Girl
*Too Much Time EP
* [http://www.wheatmusic.com Wheat Official Site]
* [http://profile.myspace.com/wheatmusic Wheat Myspace] (fan operated)
* [http://www.empyreanrecords.com Empyrean Records, Wheat's current label]
* [http://www.thiswheat.com/ Wheat music archive] (fan operated)
* [http://www.awarestore.com/index.php?op=view_artist&artist_id=2887 Wheat at "Aware Records"]
* [http://www.epitonic.com/artists/wheat.html Wheat at "Sugar Free"]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:4lu67uw080jg Wheat on "All Music Guide"]
* [http://www.duresse.com/ Ricky Brennan's band "Duresse"]
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