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Absentee are a band from London in the UK, signed to Memphis Industries. It was formed by Dan Michaelson (vocalist, guitarist) and Melinda Bronstein (vocals, keyboards, melodica, glockenspiel) in 2003 after releasing a mini album titled Hawaiian Disco. They were joined by guitarist Babak Ganjei, bassist Laurie Earle and drummer Jon Chandler.Read More...
In 2005, the band released their debut six-track EP, Donkey Stock, which was number 28 in NME's Top 50 Albums of 2005. Donkey Stock contained the song Something to Bang, which would also be included on their debut full-length album, Schmotime, which was released in 2006.
Schmotime recieved many positive reviews, including a rare 9/10 review from NME, and again appeared in the Top Albums of 2006 from NME. The album was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, who had previously worked with Arctic Monkeys and The Mystery Jets.
Absentee have released four songs from their debut album: Something To Bang, Weasel, We Should Never Have Children and There's A Body In A Car Somewhere.
Guitarist Babak Gangei has made the album artwork for Donkey Stock and Schmotime, as well as an animated video for We Should Never Have Children. When not recording and touring with Absentee, all the band members have side projects: singer Dan has Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards; Babak, Melinda and Laurie have Wet Paint and Melinda has The Bronsteins.
"Absentee" is also the name Christopher Schiel, aka Christopher Francis, aka Son sometimes uses. He is a musician based in Olympia, Washington. www.myspace.com/sonsongs
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Something to Bang - 13,824 plays
- We Should Never Have Children - 11,996 plays
- More Troubles - 9,012 plays
- You Try Sober - 9,598 plays
- Bitchstealer - 7,371 plays
- Weasel - 7,523 plays
- Getaway - 8,183 plays
- Boy, Did She Teach You Nothing? - 7,850 plays
- There's A Body In A Car Somewhere - 7,633 plays
- Hey Tramp - 6,770 plays