BioThe Ladybug Transistor story begins in Brooklyn during the mid-1990s. The genesis of the group is more that of a concept than actual band. Their debut album, Marlborough Farms, was a studio project based around founding member/vocalist Gary Olson's collaborations with friends.
Jeff Baron (guitar) and sister Jennifer (bass) joined during the recording of Beverley Atonale, the group’s first full length for Merge Records. When it came time to tour, they recruited San Fadyl (drums) and Sasha Bell (keyboards, vocals) to round things out for the road.
This invigorated and inspired line up went on to craft 1999's The Albemarle Sound. Dubbed "the last great pop album of the century," Albemarle trademarked the group’s unique flair for songwriting and classic pop arrangement and set a benchmark for their future recordings.
2001's Argyle Heir built and expanded upon many of Albemarle's themes and the group grew to include violinist (& current bassist), Julia Rydholm. Regular touring of North America and Europe throughout 2001 helped Ladybug secure a strong and passionate international following.
In March 2003, the band visited Wavelab Studios in Tucson, AZ. The resulting self-titled LP was recorded by Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Giant Sand, Neko Case, Tape Op Magazine) and begins a new chapter for the band.