Choir Invisible

American Post Punk band from Pasadena, California, formed around 1981 after the split of the punk band Flyboys.
John Curry (vocals, keyboards)
Scott Lasken (bass)
Thames Sinclair (guitar)
Danny Benair (drums, 1981)
Don Romine (drums, 1984)


FLP 1006 Choir Invisible - Choir Invisible album art Choir Invisible Choir Invisible (Album) Frontier Records FLP 1006 USA & Canada 1981 Sell This Version
PVCC 6905 Choir Invisible - Sea To Shining Sea album art Choir Invisible Sea To Shining Sea (Album) PVC Records PVCC 6905 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version

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February 18, 2012
Choir Invisible tried to revive '60s psychedelia before bands such as R.E.M. and the Church made it fashionable and marketable. Choir Invisible was considered a part of the Paisley Underground, a short-lived movement resurrecting '60s psychedelic rock that included the Dream Syndicate and the Rain Parade. Featuring Thomas Sinclair (guitar, vocals), Scott Laskin (bass, vocals), Danny Benair (drums), Eric Carter (synthesizers, piano), and John Curry (vocals), Choir Invisible released one album, 1981's Choir Invisible, and one EP, 1984's Sea to Shining Sea, both of which were dominated by ethereal guitars, lush synths, vague lyrics, and British-style vocals. A decade later, English shoegazer bands like Chapterhouse and the Pale Saints would combine similar musical elements, but in the early '80s, Choir Invisible's moody, dreamy pop was greeted with cold shoulders. In 1981, Choir Invisible opened up for Depeche Mode in Pasadena, CA, but the group couldn't generate much interest outside of college radio and they split up; both of their albums fell out of print. Benair eventually became the drummer for the Salvation Army, finding more exposure when that band switched into the Three O'Clock.

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