Green Magnet School was an experimental rock band formed in Massachusetts in 1987. The founding members included Tim Shea on guitar and vocals, Rob Hamilton on drums, Can Keskin on guitar and bass, Steve Rzucidlo on bass, and Chris Pearson on guitar and vocals. Later the line-up would change to feature Jeff Iwanicki on bass and Greg Gilmartin on drums.
The band defied easy categorization, but the 3-guitar cacophony of its music was often referred to in the sub-genres of noise rock, post punk, no wave, and even industrial music. After releasing a string of indie singles, the band briefly signed with Sub Pop Records in 1992 and released their debut CD Blood Music, named after a science fiction novel of the same title by author Greg Bear. The album was critically acclaimed, and the bleak, dystopian nature of both the lyrics and music were compared by UK music journalists to such groups as Killing Joke, Live Skull, Gang of Four, and early Sonic Youth.
After playing and touring extensively with both Boston-based and national acts such as The Lemonheads, Come, Galaxie 500, The Cows, The Afghan Whigs, The Flaming Lips and The Jesus Lizard, the group released a CD EP titled Revisionist in 1993, and what would be their final CD, Illuminatus in 1995. After several line-up changes, GMS finally disbanded in 1997. Now regarded as a highly underrated, influential band ahead of its time, Green Magnet School is considered one of the seminal indie rock groups that sprouted from the fertile, post-grunge Boston music community of the late 1980’s-early 1990’s. Several former members of the band remain currently active in ongoing musical projects.
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