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Christie Front Drive

Christie Front Drive was an American Emo/Indie band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom and Drive Like Jehu, the lineup consisted of Ron Marschall (drums), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass) and Eric Richter (guitar and vocals)...

Despite their short tenure [1993-1997], Christie Front Drive became a major influence on emo music in the 90's. Richter resurfaced in the bands Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Marschall and Begin went on to form The Blue Ontario. Marschall was also credited as an engineer on the The Apples in Stereo's album, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. Jason Begin is currently performing under the name This Body as well as the Portland based band Pireate Radio Deluxe and the random appearance with Modernstate. Bassist Kerry McDonald would go on to form The Mighty Rime, who released a self-titled record on Caulfield Records in 2002. -[Wiki]

After briefly reuniting in 2007, Christie Front Drive will return again to play a Brooklyn show at The Bell House on July 30th. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/20), but you can get presale tickets NOW using the password "InstantRomance". The band is celebrating the release their discography on Magic Bullet Records (the home of the Jesuit discography). Videos below...

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Comments (51)

1993-97 were my peak years as an indie rock geek and I've never heard of the little douchemuppets.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:21 PM

No one likes Christie in NJ!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:21 PM

This is so great - can't wait!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:22 PM

H.I.T.L.E.R. !!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:29 PM

this music makes me hate people and want to kill those who made it. that is the intention, right?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:08 PM

These dudes should tour with Braid! Odds that they will come through these parts? I'd say pretty high - they have a ton of open dates in their schedule. Maxwell's would be nice!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:14 PM

As much as I (and many others I presume) dislike the "emo" label, this was back in 1993 and they have Jawbox listed as an influence. Maybe it's not that bad, ya know?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:16 PM

"1993-97 were my peak years as an indie rock geek and I've never heard of the little douchemuppets."

how is that even possible?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:18 PM

purchased!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:29 PM

how is that even possible?

Maybe there was a gigantic cosmic conspiracy to deter me from hearing of them. They were about to play on WFMU and my girlfriend decided she wanted to fuck on the roof? A dwarf living in my crawl space stole the copies of Spin with their record reviews? who knows? They weren't exactly Pavement, now were they?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:43 PM

Rad! Now we need a Mineral reunion!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:44 PM

true. they weren't as big as pavement so not even "indie rock geeks" in their "peak years" would know who they were. makes sense.

CFD was great back then but did pave the way for a lot of crappy emo music later. not really their fault but true nonetheless.

and please no mineral reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:47 PM

I second Braid and Mineral! Also Grade.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:47 PM

too bad it's not Richard Christy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:50 PM

^ Or Sal Governale.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 2:58 PM

Hi Richard, it's your father....

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:07 PM

are they playing at Taco Tico's?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:12 PM

reunions have officially gotten out of hand.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:18 PM

Grade happened a few years ago at the horse tavern in toronto. there's videos of it floating around online.. i doubt they'll tour again.. i miss kyle's pomp!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:23 PM

1993-97 were my peak years as an indie rock geek and I've never heard of the little douchemuppets."

If you mean "geek" as in someone who lived in the middle of nowhere and didn't know anything about "Indie Rock"... then that makes a lot of sense!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:25 PM

Never heard of them either. Listened to the first song (Field). Crappy drums.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:25 PM

3:07 - "Cocaine", "Coc - ca - aina", "it's cocaine"

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 3:44 PM

90's EMO NEVER DIES!

when's the still life reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:04 PM

That picture is very emo. Think along the lines of early myspace photos!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:09 PM

3:44: Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:23 PM

"If you mean "geek" as in someone who lived in the middle of nowhere and didn't know anything about "Indie Rock"... then that makes a lot of sense!"

Well, I guess I should be more specific. I don't mean geek in the sense of the typical Moby-looking faggots one would see at Maxwell's, Brownies, etc every night. You know, the pre-hipster beta males with their pussy zines and the buttons on their backpacks like the ones you had. I was an indie rock geek for a normal person as were a few of my friends. We didn't have a big network of people who liked the same music, but we put a fair amount of effort into finding new bands and going to shows at places like the 40 Watt Club, 9:30 Club, Cat's Cradle and various Chicago clubs in addition to living in Manhattan. Seems geeky enough to me in hindsight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:34 PM

1:21 - I grew up in the middle of nowhere and I know who these guys are, and that was before Pichfork, Brooklyn Vegan, etc. You just have to LOOK for good music, not expect others to tell you what to listen to. Try finding out who bands you like are in to (check the liner notes to albums - I know, I know, that means actually supporting the bands you like and giving them some $ for their hard work and risk - imagine?) Also, who they tour with. Third, take a chance and check out an album with a good name or title, or even cover. Maybe you won't like the music, but at least you are trying to think for yourself. I do like the phrase "douchmuppets," though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:50 PM

who knew the howard stern quotient was so high on BV?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 4:53 PM

When's the Indian Summer reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:02 PM

When's the Evergreen reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:03 PM

T-O-P-L-E-S-S

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:08 PM

this is awesome.. bless the bands that made the real impact way before bullshit blogs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:13 PM

if you were vibin' at Brownies on the reg and never heard of Christie Front Drive, that's definitely on you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:14 PM

Ouch 1:21/4:34 really outted himself as a dim robot of musical awareness. He sounds like someone who was following Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots during this era and thinking that he was on the cutting edge. CFD were kind of a significant (if not big) thing then. But it was before the Internet and people actually had to make an effort to know about good music. Now it's all dolts who are experts at Googling and reading a blog like this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:18 PM

"who knew the howard stern quotient was so high on BV?"

Balances out the douchery.

4:34 and 4:50 need to calm down.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 5:22 PM

heck yeah, 2:44 & 2:47 - would love to see Mineral again..i still rock their t-shirt at the gym...it's held up suprisingly well (heavy duty anvil brand not that BS American Apparel)- can't wait for this show!

Posted by starslight | May 18, 2011 5:24 PM

When's the Jara reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 6:01 PM

None of you were at that Mummies show at Southpaw were you?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 6:10 PM

i used to like christie front drive but then my tastes matured and now i only like things with a lot of reverb and lyrics about beaches

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 7:08 PM

"Ouch 1:21/4:34 really outted himself as a dim robot of musical awareness. He sounds like someone who was following Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots during this era and thinking that he was on the cutting edge."

Zing! Though I always thought the "dim robots of musical awareness" were assclowns like yourself who used words lterms "cutting edge" rather than simply liking what they liked and not giving a fuck what your fellow beta male virgins had to say on the matter. You probably said you liked garbage like The Jesus Lizard and Fugazi because you felt like you were supposed to.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 9:27 PM

I can't wait for Fall Out Boy to reform

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 10:54 PM

None of you were at that Mummies show at Southpaw were you?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 6:10 PM

No I dont think they were or even know of the wonderful Mummies.

But hey the douchemuppets are getting the band back together after 25 long years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 2:33 AM

I don't even have a prescription for my glasses!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 9:33 AM

Need a Jump Little Children/JJ72/Remy Zero reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:00 AM

i miss Jets To Brazil. that one good album was the tits. saw them with openers No Knife. also saw Sunny Day that summer, on their rising tide tour.
ah, those were the days.

on a kinda unrelated note,
anyone know why Sunny Day didn't play any Rising Tide songs on their 2009 reunion tour?

Posted by the jim | May 19, 2011 11:18 AM

INDIAN SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:51 PM

"You probably said you liked garbage like The Jesus Lizard and Fugazi because you felt like you were supposed to."

Are you being sarcastic? You can't possibly mean that if you claim to be a fan of music in general.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 4:15 PM

yes to still life reunion!

Sunny Day didn't play the rising tide cause nate didn't play on that record and they were supporting the re-release of diary and lp2

Posted by Matt | May 20, 2011 8:53 AM

"Are you being sarcastic? You can't possibly mean that if you claim to be a fan of music in general."

I wonder what that clown digs instead of Jesus Lizard and Fugazi (two fine bands). Of course, he probably won't even reply now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 10:05 AM

not sure what some of these weird comments (May 18, 2011 1:29 PM) have lost on this website, or whether there is any kind of connection in their brains or wait, maybe there simply is no brain?!

CFD are awesome, i can't wait!

Posted by fightf(r)acism | May 23, 2011 9:03 AM

May 18, 2011 1:29 PM: get rid of the fuckin fascist comment!

fight speciesism

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:18 AM

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