System And Station
System And Station
Label: Latest Flame Records
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


Sounds like: think epic rock somewhere between Led Zeppelin, Drive Like Jehu, Yes, Shiner, Radiohead and Bach.

System and Station formed in Boise, ID in 1998. The band started as a three piece and moved across the country only five months after its inception. The first move was to Madison, WI where they could be centralized to tour the Midwest and East coast. Madison was great because they were so close to Chicago but they could actually afford to live and play music (mostly) fulltime.

Within the first year in Madison they had an offer with a local label to release an EP and they decided to take the chance. The label (mafia money records) had worked with Ritual Device, Hugh, and Transformer Lootbag and seemed to be a decent beginning. Three months after the release of the record “Prospects of Living Daily” the label folded leaving System and Station an album with no promotion. They decided to tour as much as they possibly could and get the word of mouth out about S+S. They fortunately had some help from friends in Built to Spill that year as they took System and Station on a few tour dates.

In 2000 with a gracious offer from Smart studios they recorded the full length LP “Pictures found in Paragraphs”. The album was recorded and mixed by Mark Haines (Son Volt, Archers of Loaf, Rainer Maria, Poster Children) in two days. It took almost a year before it was released on Crustacean Records and then was distributed by Southern Records. Regionally the album did well placing as high as #4 on Milwaukee radio and selling out in stores. They started hitting the road every other month for 3 to 6 weeks and then planned for there next move, Portland, OR.

In August of 2001 System and Station packed up and headed to Portland, OR to work the west side of the country and be closer to their families. In spring of 2002 System and Station headed out on a 7 week tour with Chicago’s Land of the El Caminos and would prove to be the end of two System and Station members. After this, the remaining members headed back to Portland to await what was next.