Thursday, November 3, 2011
Candlebox is a band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in December 1991, they originally named the band Uncle Duke; they later changed the name as a tribute to a Midnight Oil song.
In the middle of the city`s grunge rock renaisscance,they`re offered something different:a more polished,blues-based sound. Members of bands are: singer/guitarist Kevin Martin, a native of Elgin, IL, who'd grown up partly in San Antonio, drummer Scott Mercado,lead guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin (no relation to Kevin).
The members did not consider Candlebox to be a grunge band however; they viewed themselves as a rock and roll band more than anything and their style reflected that.Despite the critical backlash,Candlebox`s debut record sold over 4 million copies. While the first single, "Change," began to build them a following, it wasn't until 1994, when the follow-up, "You," appeared, that the group really started to take off.
"You" gave them a breakthrough hit on mainstream rock radio, which set the stage for the success of "Far Behind," essentially a power ballad for the grunge era. "Far Behind" was a major hit on both mainstream and alternative radio, and also made the pop Top 20; its exposure helped Candlebox climb into the Top Ten on the LP chart and eventually sell over three million copies.
The follow up album, Lucy, was certified gold in 1996.Though commercial success of the record didn`t match up to the critical praise it had received,it did go platinum.
In 1997, founding member Mercado left the band and was replaced by original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen.
Candlebox's third album, Happy Pills, appeared in 1998 and marked a return to the more basic sound of their debut.
Krusen left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Larkin of Ugly Kid Joe. Bardi Martin also left the band that year and was replaced by Rob Reddick. They are best known for the singles "Change," "You," "Far Behind," and "Simple Lessons."
In 2006, Candlebox reunited with their original line-up and embarked on a three-month North American tour from July to October of that year.
The band is currently writing and recording material for a new record due for release in 2008. This marks the first collaboration of the original lineup since 1996.
Candlebox released a "Best Of" album on May 23, 2006.