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Sand

Formed 1996.

UK five-piece experimental rock/jazz/electronic group

Biography

Sand is a five-piece experimental rock/jazz/electronic group based in Birmingham. Formed in 1998, its members are Tim Wright (electronics, keyboards and vocals), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), John Richards (double and electric bass), Neil Griffiths (guitar and films) and Rowan Oliver (drums/percussion). It should not be confused with the 1970s German band of the same name.

Sand was originally an offshoot of Tim Wright's Germ project, and members of the band are also involved in the band Scorn.

Sand performed live for the first time at Flying Polar Bear[citation needed] in York in June 1995 with drummer Ben Clark.

Their early work was dominated by a jazz aesthetic but as a relationship developed with Soul Jazz Records' owner Stuart Baker the sound became more focused and guitar oriented, whilst maintaining an improvisatory approach to recording and performing. This led to three albums on the Soul Jazz label. They are: Beautiful People Are Evil (1999), Still Born Alive (2001), and The Dalston Shroud (2006) as well as 12" vinyl EPs.

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  1. Review of Still Born Alive

    Still Born Alive

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Dubcore heavymetal jazz in this second album from British quintet.
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