The Lead - 100 Bands You Needed To Know in 2001: Where Are They Now?

March 25, 2013 by AltPress

The Lead - 100 Bands You Needed To Know in 2001: Where Are They Now?

100 Bands You Needed To Know in 2001: Where Are They Now?
AP 297 marked our 13th annual "100 Bands You Need To Know" special, where we profile a hundred of our favorite up-and-coming acts from all walks of musical life. Many of our 100 Bands selections have gone onto fame, fortune and forgetting about AP entirely—and that's okay! We don't hold grudges. (Well, sometimes we do—still waiting on that gold record from [REDACTED]...) Of course, for every mega-star we helped discover, there are plenty more bands who have fallen by the wayside. So take a stroll down memory lane with us as we re-visit every artist featured in the very first 100 Bands You Need To Know special way back in 2001 (AP 152).

CONTRIBUTORS
Scott Heisel [SH]
Brittany Moseley [BM]
Jason Pettigrew [JP]
Cassie Whitt [CW]

!!!
The outfit (pronounced as three consecutive monosyllables, like “chk chk chk,” “pow pow pow,” “uh uh uh”) have continued to fly the funk flag over the course of 17 years. Their fifth album, Thr!!!er, will be issued by Warp in late April. [JP]

33.3
The last time this minimalist jazz band logged into their Myspace was in 2008, and there profile leaves much to be desired. However, aesthetics-usa.com offered a bit more info: 33.3 had a short-lived history, releasing two albums. [BM]

2nd GEN
The nom de plume of electro-terrorist Wajid Yaseen, 2nd Gen signed to Mute Records in 2001 for the release of his migraine-inducing second album, Irony Is. In 2006, he teamed up with Alice Kemp for a similarly uncomfortable project called Uniform and from all indications, he’s still making a racket and getting paid for it. [JP]

THE ACTION TIME
Taking their cues from indie nü-soul construct the Makeup (and maybe the Stooges), this British outfit recorded one album, The Action Time Versus The World, before disappearing into the ether and a dole queue. [JP]

Ryan Adams - 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2001 - Alternative PressRYAN ADAMS
We profiled this alt-country songwriter when his first solo album, Heartbreaker, came out. He's since become pretty massive in the alt-country world, releasing a whopping 12 full-lengths since then as well as marrying former teen pop star Mandy Moore. He recently started a punk band called Pornography who are releasing their debut EP on Record Store Day this year. [SH]

ADULT.
The Detroit-based electro-duo of Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller are still making great tracks. Last year, electronic label Ghostly International issued the duo’s debut album, 2001’s Resuscitation, for the first time vinyl. [JP]

THE AISLERS SET
The San Francisco indie-pop group seem to have had more resonance with the Brits in their tenure, which includes several releases (most of which were 7-inch singles.) The band toured Europe last November. [CW]

ALICE TEXAS
In the mid-’00s, singer-songwriter Alice Texas, aka Alice Schneider, had a record produced by Bad Seeds/Grinderman drummer Jim Scalvunos, Love is All Around, available for free download on Myspace. Today, we don’t know where Alice or her record went.[JP]

AMEN
Founder/frontman Casey Chaos has amassed a catalog of over 100 songs recorded by him and drummer’s drummer Shannon Larkin. The singer is currently deciding what the fate of those tracks will be. In addition, Chaos has teamed up with Gary Holt (Exodus), Nick Olivieri (Mondo Generator), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Philm) and producer Ross Robinson for a currently unnamed project. [JP]

AMERICAN HI-FI
They earned their place in the early-’00s pop-punk world with their single “Flavor Of The Weak,” but surprisingly enough, the band are still making music. According to their Facebook page, the guys are in the studio recording a new album. [BM]

TIFFANY ANDERS
The Los Angeles native, whose debut album was produced by PJ Harvey, is still recording music, according to her Myspace. Then again, her last login was in August 2011… [BM]

ANDREW W.K.
The man who puts the “art” in “party” hasn’t let up his schedule, ever. Since we wrote about him 12 years ago, AWK has been touring, recording, motivational speaking, hosting a television show, running a nightclub and taking time to oversee the wedding of at least one AP editor. Seriously, dude makes NATO forces look like slackers. [JP]

THE ANNIVERSARY
This emo-pop quintet took a turn for the classic rock in 2002 with the awesome Your Majesty, then flamed out in 2004 due to creative differences. They've remained dormant ever since, but many of the members have stayed busy in other bands, including the Only Children, Extra Classic and Dre (the short-lived solo project from keyboardist/vocalist Adrienne Verhoeven). [SH]

At The Drive In - 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2001 - Alternative Press
AT THE DRIVE-IN

Ironically, these post-hardcore legends went on hiatus the same month this issue went on sale, when they were at the peak of their momentum. The band splintered into two camps, the Mars Volta and Sparta, before finally reconvening for a series of somewhat well-received reunion shows last summer. Sparta are still active, but the Mars Volta have officially broken up, according to singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala. As for ATDI doing anything in the future, it's doubtful, but never say never... [SH]

THE BELLRAYS
This band was given a full page next to Coldplay’s tiny blurb. We expect what we called “the best punk band Detroit never had” went on to do tremendous things. Our findings: they’re still active, at least. [CW]

BLACK DICE
The band who started as an angular hardcore quintet before morphing into a groovy effect-laden beast have slimmed down to a trio of brothers Bjorn and Aaron Copeland and Aaron Warren. Their sixth album, Mr. Impossible, was released last spring. [JP]

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Peter Hayes and Robert Been remain at the core of this menacing, noisy and remarkably influential psychedelic band. Their seventh album, Specter At The Feast, was released March 19. In addition, guitarist/frontman Been has been performing with the Call, the ’80s alt-rock band his father Michael Been formed. [JP]

BLECTUM FROM BLECHDOM
This electronic music duo from San Francisco are still together making music, albeit relatively infrequently. Check out sphlargh.com for sporadic updates. [SH]

BLOWTOPS
The positively unhinged garage/scuzz-rock outfit from Buffalo, New York, called it a day in 2009, after four LPs, approximately a dozen 7-inches and a double 7-inch tribute set. [JP]

BRIGHT EYES 
Conor Oberst went on to become a saint figure for melancholic hip kids everywhere through his various projects (Desaparecidos, Monsters Of Folk, The Mystic Valley Band, etc.) after getting a massive 20-word write-up in this issue. Something to think about during our next “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” cry session. [CW]

BROADCAST
Tragedy hit this respected British electronic band when lead singer Trish Keenan died in 2011 after contracting swine flu. Their last album, the soundtrack to the film Berberian Sound Studio, was issued by Warp this past January. It’s been reported that sole member James Cargill is working on a new album with vocal performances by Keenan prior to her illness. [JP]

CALLA
Probably best known for their split EP with the Walkmen, this Brooklyn-via-Texas indie rock band have been on hiatus since 2007. They did manage to release six full-lengths before their demise. [SH]

NEAL CASAL
This New Jersey singer/songwriter ended up joining the Cardinals, the backing band of fellow 100 Bands classmate Ryan Adams, in 2005. He's also recorded with the likes of James Iha, Willie Nelson and Rufus Wainwright. His most recent solo album, Sweeten The Distance, came out in 2011. [SH]

CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA
This British electro-jazz ensemble released their first music in five years in 2012, titled In Motion #1. Former AP associate editor Tim Karan was likely super-stoked. [SH]

COLD
After disbanding in 2006, the original lineup reunited in 2008. They released their fifth album, Superfiction, in 2011 proving that some people still care about Cold. [BM]

Alternative Press | Coldplay - 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2001COLDPLAY
They fell into obscurity following the 100 Bands issue never to be heard from again. Moving on… [CW]

 

Alternative Press | Death Cab For Cutie - 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2001
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

Seven albums, a platinum record and a few Grammy nominations later, Death Cab For Cutie have managed to successfully navigate the blurry line between indie darling and popular artist. [BM]

RICHARD DEVINE
Kevin Devine’s big brother, currently suffering from an inferiority complex as a recluse in the woods in Georgia.* [CW]
(*We made this up.)

DILLINGER FOUR
One of the greatest—and laziest—punk bands of the modern generation, Dillinger Four have put out a whopping two albums since being included in 2001's 100 Bands special, the most recent, Civil War, coming out in 2008. They play about two shows a year, give or take one, and they're almost always in Minnesota. Still, the songs are so good that we always consider road-tripping. [SH]

DISCO D
In 2007, Disco D, David Aaron Shayman, committed suicide at the age of 26. Besides making his own music, he also produced tracks for artists such as 50 Cent, Nina Sky and Trick Daddy, and recorded commercial tracks for Best Buy, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sprite and Xbox. [BM]

THE DISHES
Kiki Yablon, the guitarist we interviewed for this piece went on to become a music editor at the Chicago Reader (a position she quit in 2010). As for the Dishes: They broke up in 2004, with members going on to play in Red Eyed Legends and Camaro Rouge, among others.
update: We received word from Yablon that she was music editor when tapped to be in the issue and went on to be editor-in-cheif. She is now a dog trainer. [CW]

DOVES
History is repeating itself for this U.K. ambient pop ensemble, who announced a break in 2010. They say that if ever they do return, it will be a completely fresh start. That wouldn’t be a first for the band, who restarted from scratch as Doves after they lost their second LP and equipment as former incarnation Sub Sub in a studio fire. [CW]

ECHOBOY
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Richard Warren appears to have not released any music with Echoboy since 2006, but has been working heavily as a solo artist and producer in more recent years. [CW]

ENSIGN
This long-running New Jersey melodic hardcore unit has been relatively inactive since their 100 Bands inclusion, their last proper full-length, The Price Of Progression, coming out two months after this issue was on newsstands. They're not broken up, though; they play shows here and there, and the last time we saw them (at Krazy Fest in 2011), Mikey Erg was playing drums for them. (That makes something like 397 total bands he's played in, by the way.) [SH]

Alternative Press | The Faint - 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2001
THE FAINT
Electro-clash innovators the Faint had a couple really awesome years following their 100 Bands feature, releasing the genre benchmark Danse Macabre later that year and touring the hell out of it (including opening for No Doubt). A few mediocre albums followed, though, and now the band are in the process of rebooting a little bit. Saddle Creek reissued Danse Macabre in a deluxe edition package last year, and it still sounds as killer as it did in 2001. [SH]

THE FIREBIRD BAND
The on-again, off-again project of Braid guitarist/vocalist Chris Broach released a handful of records throughout the past decade, but none have gotten as much attention as Braid's ongoing reunion, which will result in a new full-length later this year. [SH]

GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR!
The post-rock band of brothers (seriously, there are a lot of them) released Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! their first album in more than a decade last October. [BM]

Alternative Press | Good Charlotte - 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2001
GOOD CHARLOTTE

The Madden bros make regular red carpet struts of late and these dudes are still churning out tunes (intermittently, and with more electronics now) with four out of five of the members featured in 2001 still intact. It’s all done with the help of a lot less hair gel these days. [CW]

GWENMARS
This Los Angeles alt-rock trio have been quiet for quite some time. They made a Myspace page in 2006 that was last logged into in 2009, so it's safe to say they're done. [SH]

HALF COCKED
With a name like that, is it any surprise Half Cocked are no more? They released three albums before splitting up a year after the100 Bands issue came out. [BM]

HEY MERCEDES
Formed out of the other three-fourths of Braid (sorry, Chris Broach!), Hey Mercedes had a solid few years on the Vagrant roster, putting out two great albums, 2001's Everynight Fire Works and 2003's Loses Control. They played their last show in Chicago in April 2005 (and it was awesome, by the way), but they occasionally re-form for one-off gigs. The focus is definitely on Braid for the time being, though. [SH]

HIGH ON FIRE
These fume-rock kings have continued to ply their mix of decibels and disaster for more than 15 years in ways that most bands simply can’t. Their first album, The Art Of Self-Defense, was reissued last year on Southern Lord, which should easily take your mind off of how that reunited Black Sabbath album might sound. [JP]

THE HOPE CONSPIRACY
Shortly after being featured in this issue, Hope Con played a show in San Diego that resulted in a crowd member getting injured and subsequently suing the band. An out-of-court settlement later, and the band were cleared—but in debt to their record label, Equal Vision, to the tune of $10,000. Not exactly the easiest hurdle to overcome. Unfortunately, the band's momentum has pretty much been nonexistent since, although they did release a totally killer LP in 2006 called Death Knows Your Name, and its follow-up, 2009's True Nihilist EP, wasn't bad either. Come back, Hope Con! Hardcore needs you. [SH]

NEILSON HUBBARD
The 40-year-old Mississippi native is still doing the singer/songwriter thing and has four solo albums under his belt. [BM]

IDLEWILD
These Scottish rockers don't have much in the way of a U.S. fanbase anymore, but they're still popular in the U.K., where they racked up a few gold and silver albums throughout the past decade. They've been on hiatus since 2010. [SH]

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