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10 Years of FILTER: Issue #12 Revisited, Getting To Know, The Fever, Le Tigre + More (Fall 2004)

By Staff on May 9, 2012


10 Years of FILTER: Issue #12 Revisited, Getting To Know, The Fever, Le Tigre + More (Fall 2004)

2012 marks FILTER Magazine's tenth year in print.. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.

Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #11, released Summer 2004, we introduced The Fever, Le Tigre, Magnet, Hope of the States and West Indian Girl. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.

Stay tuned for Issue #12's complete Interpol cover story to be posted later this week.

Getting To Know Recap

ISSUE 12: Fall 2004

Band: The Fever

Where The Band Was Then: Following the release of Red Ballroom (2003), the band was enjoying the exposure they received as supporting acts for bands such as Hot Hot Heat, Moving Units and Death from Above 1979.

Where The Band Is Now:
After the departure of guitarist Chris Sanchez, the Fever struggled to maintain a cohesive cast of musicians and consequently disbanded after the release of In the City of Sleep (2006).

Band Said: “I wanted to create this basis of a machine or a clock or something organically industrial sounding, and then just throw everything else on top; throw the emotion on top.”

FILTER Said:…underneath all the influences, whatever they are, there is an uncategorizeable element that remains a mystery. Like all good bands, Fever is giving us something both familiar and completely new.

Photo by Kirsten Luce

Band: Le Tigre

Where They Were Then: Springing forth from the womb of Riot Grrrl, the feminist electro-punk group was shaking hips and the status quo while inspiring a wave of girly mustaches with their first major label release, This Island (2004), on Universal.

Where They Are Now: Although Le Tigre decided to go on hiatus in 2007, the ladies have kept themselves busy by working and recording with other artists such as Peaches, Yoko Ono, and Chicks on Speed.

Band Said: “I felt there was a real kind of hipsterism that was passing as progressive thought, when it was really just ironic appropriation of really conservative values. With Le Tigre, we’ve always been into sincerity, our form of critique.”

FILTER Said: Le Tigre has remained a paragon of fierce integrity while making unabashedly danceable and original politically-heated music that crosses punk with electro, and spoken word with ’80s pop.

Band: Magnet

Where He Was Then: Magnet proved that getting tattooed by a witch doctor at 13 can actually be good thing, especially when the tattoo cures your anemia and allows you to play lap steel guitar on albums that get you signed to Atlantic Records.

Where He Is Now: After several years of supporting acts such as Phoenix, Zero 7, and Stars, Magnet digitally released his fifth full-length album, Ferrofluid (2011), exclusively in his country of Norway.

Band Said: “Through music, you can pretend that you’re existing on the outside, that the rules and regulations don’t apply, I mean, obviously they do, and I do understand that…but well, in the Spaghetti Western films, the guy that sorts everything out is always a nobody.”

FILTER Said: You might assume he’s out of sync with the ebb and flow of reality. But he’s a man whose life has always existed two steps into the fantastic, and like any good artist he plays all the roles: full-time participant, sometime escapist, distant observer and knowing commentator.

Band: Hope of the States

Where The Band Was Then: Following the suicide of guitarist James Lawrence, Hope of the States found themselves in Ireland recording their haunting and successful first full-length, The Last Riots.

Where The Band Is Now: After recording their second full-length album, Left (2006), the band performed their final show at that year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. In 2007, former guitarist and drummer, Sam Herilhy and Simon Jones, went on to form the British indie-rock group, The Northwestern.

Band Said: “We’ve always wanted to take those big arrangements and big sounds, but make pop songs out of them.”

FILTER Said: Marrying post-rock transcendence of Godspeed You Black Emperor! To the reflective melodic bombast of Spiritualized and the Verve, they’ve created The Last Riots.

Photo by Charles Kang

Band: West Indian Girl

Where the Band Was Then: The group was earning their psychedelic moniker by recalling the golden age of Californian free love with their Technicolored self-titled debut.

Where the Band Is Now: Since their 2004 debut, the group has joined and left the rosters of several independent labels just as several musicians have joined and left the band's roster. Nevertheless, founding members, Robert James and Francis Ten, carry on with plans to release a new full-length album sometime in 2012.

Band Said: “We use a lot of different instruments and a lot of different layers to create all the textures—to bring it all out.”

FILTER Said: West Indian Girl doesn’t claim to have a trademark sound, but they can identify timelessness and universality with relative ease.