Finding a solution in dissolution, Stranger Kings was a fortunate accident. With the departure of guitarist Jeff Schroeder for the Smashing Pumpkins and vocalist Wayne Everett for solo work in New York, The Lassie Foundation breathed its last, and guitarist Eric Campuzano was left with an eight track recorder of unfinished songs. Unfettered by the unexpected new beginning, he turned to long-time friend and bassist Herb Grimaud Jr. to work on old songs and new ideas. Grimaud had completed three albums of dark ambience as The Sound Gallery after leaving Southern California alt-band The Violet Burning, and was looking for a new musical home. Early demos merged their Cali-gaze dream guitars and 80’s Brit post-punk melodic bass lines successfully enough to attract friends and contributors. Local solo artist Holly Nelson gave it a voice, and Brady Esquivel (Set To Sea) brought the drums to life, while Steve R (monorocket) and John Hertzberg added additional synthscaping.
The songs were largely recorded one at time from start to finish as they were written, each being released on the band’s Bandcamp site with original artwork. An EP collection of the initial tracks was announced, and then a full-length album was put into action by the band’s new label (SUBDIVISION), in a partnership with Northern Records (former home to The Lassie Foundation). Andy Prickett has been responsible for the majority of production, and all of the mixing, as he was for most of the Lassie material (including their seminal ‘California’ and ‘Pacifico’ recordings).
Eric Campuzano - Guitar
Herb Grimaud - Bass
Holly Nelson - Vocals
Brady Esquivel - Drums