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Bowery Electric was an American band formed by Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener in 1993.

Bowery Electric
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Martha Schwendener (left) and Lawrence Chandler (right)
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1993–2000
LabelsBeggars Banquet Records, Happy Go Lucky, Hi-Fidelity Recordings, Kranky
Associated actsEchostar, Happy Families
MembersLawrence Chandler
Martha Schwendener
Past membersJon Dale
Michael Johngren
Wayne Magruder


Formed by Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener in late 1993, Bowery Electric played their first show in New York City in January 1994.[3] The band's debut double 7-inch single was recorded by Kramer and released by Hi-Fidelity Recordings in 1994.[3] After listening to it, Kranky contacted the band.[3]

The band's first album, Bowery Electric, was recorded by Michael Deming at Studio .45 in Hartford, Connecticut and released by Kranky in 1995.[3] The album was included by Andrew Earles in his 2014 book, Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981–1996.[4] In 2016, Pitchfork named it the 36th best shoegaze album of all time.[5]

In 1996, the band released an album, Beat.[1] It includes a single, "Fear of Flying".[1] In 2016, Beat was reissued on vinyl as a 20th anniversary edition by Kranky.[6]

Vertigo, a remix album of tracks from Beat, was released in 1997. Vertigo featured a roster of artists including Third Eye Foundation, Robert Hampson, Witchman and others.[7]

In 2000, the band released an album, Lushlife, which was recorded at Electric Sound.[8] The album peaked at number 14 on the CMJ Top 200 chart[9] and number 11 on the Core Radio chart.[10]

They have not performed or released any recordings as Bowery Electric since.[11]

Musical styleEdit

In the November 1995 issue of The Wire, Simon Reynolds listed Bowery Electric as one of the bands that are "a distinctively American post-rock".[2]


Studio albums

Remix albums

  • Vertigo (Beggars Banquet Records, 1997)


  • "Drop" (Hi-Fidelity Recordings, 1994)
  • "Fear of Flying" (Beggars Banquet Records, 1997)
  • "Without Stopping - Witchman Mix (Hell or High Water Dub)" (Beggars Banquet Records, 1997)
  • "Coming Down - Immersion Mix" (Beggars Banquet Records, 1997)
  • "Blow Up" (Happy Go Lucky, 1997)
  • "Floating World" (Beggars Banquet Records, 2000)
  • "Freedom Fighter" (Beggars Banquet Records, 2000)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d O'Neal, Sean. "Bowery Electric rewired shoegaze to trip-hop to create a huge '90s sound". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon (November 1995). "Back to the Future". The Wire. 141: 26–30.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bowery Electric". Kranky. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Earles, Andrew (2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981–1996. United States: Voyageur Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0760346488.
  5. ^ "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time (page 2 of 5)". Pitchfork. October 24, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kranky". Facebook. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Raggett, Ned (August 25, 1997). "Vertigo - Bowery Electric | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Lushlife - Bowery Electric | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "CMJ Top 200". CMJ New Music Report. 62 (661): 13. April 10, 2000.
  10. ^ "Core Radio". CMJ New Music Report. 62 (659): 18. March 27, 2000.
  11. ^ "Bowery Electric - History". Brainwashed. Retrieved August 21, 2014.

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