- The Lassie Foundation
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Lassie Foundation
Background = group_or_band
Los Angeles, California
Indie pop Noise pop Dream pop
Years_active = 1996 — 2006; 2007 — Present
Velvet Blue Music
Grand Theft Autumn
URL = [http://www.lassiefoundation.com www.lassiefoundation.com]
Current_members = Wayne Everett
The Lassie Foundation is an indie band from
Southern California. Their style has been described as "pink noise pop." They disbanded in 2006 after having released three albums as well as several EPs, but have reunited and are working on a new full-length album.
Formed in 1996, The Lassie Foundation released their first EP, "California". "California" defined the group’s sound, a mix of the smooth ‘60s and early ‘70s West Coast pop music and the sonic power of British shoegaze music. Lassie followed up its EP with their first full-length album, "Pacifico". "Pacifico" caught British attention by being featured in the "What's on the NME Stereo" section of
New Musical Expressmagazine. In 1998 the band released the "El Rey EP" (also featured in NME), whose title track was featured on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Popular", "MTV's The Real World", and "MTV Road Rules". Singles in the U.S. and Australia followed, and the band continued its regimen of performing in Southern California clubs with bands like Phantom Planet, At the Drive-In, Mates of State, Creeper Lagoon, and Imperial Teen.
2001 saw a turn in the band’s musical direction with its split soundtrack for the independent film "I Duel Sioux and the Ale of Saturn", followed soon thereafter by "The El Dorado LP", their second full-length album. Both albums abandoned their traditional shoegaze elements for a cleaner pop sound. It also marked the end of the band.
In its two year absence Lassie received many requests for their catalog, for media placement, interviews, European releases, and tours of Europe, prompting the founding members and songwriters Wayne Everett (vocals), Campuzano (bass), Jeff Schroeder (guitar) to start writing a new album. Supported live and in the studio by Happy Tsugawa-Banta (vibes & keyboards) and Joel Patterson (drums), The Lassie Foundation reinvented itself on "Face Your Fun", citing influences such as
Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jam, New Order, U2, A Flock of Seagulls, Guided by Voices, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
After playing many shows throughout 2004 and 2005, opening for bands such as
The Walkmenand The New Pornographers, the band agreed to call it quits in 2006, but are now recording an album that is due out in 2008.
As of May 2007
Jeff Schroederis the touring guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins, although he is featured on the new Lassie Foundation album.
*Pacifico (1999, Shogun, Grand Theft Autumn)
*The El Dorado LP (2001, Shogun, Anisette)
*Face Your Fun (2004,
Velvet Blue Music/Brainstorm)
*Dive Bomber (1997, Velvet Blue Music)
*El Rey (1999, Shogun Sounds/Anisette Records)
*Leaves California (2000, Shogun Sounds)
*I Duel Sioux and the Ale of Saturn (2001, Grand Theft Autumn)
ingles (7" vinyl)
*Corona Del Mar (1996,
Velvet Blue Music)
*Through and Through (2006,
* [http://www.lassiefoundation.com The Lassie Foundation] - The Lassie Foundation's Official Site
* [http://www.somewherecold.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=85&page=1 Somewhere Cold] - 2002 Interview with Lassie Foundation frontman, Wayne Everett.
* [http://www.somewherecold.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=71 Somewhere Cold] - 2003 interview with Jeff Schroeder.
* [http://www.patrolmag.com/index.php?id=432 Patrol Magazine Review] - A review of Face Your Fun by The Lassie Foundation
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