A piledriving pop-punk band from the San Francisco suburb of Antioch, CA,
, who was the band's sole permanent member.
-like love for sweet pop mixed in with his punky guitar roar.
After a debut 7," "It's Tomorrow," on the tiny indie Sympathy for the Record Industry in 1991, Overwhelming Colorfast
signed with Relativity Records and released 1992's self-titled debut, produced by the hot record maker of the moment, Butch Vig
, Sonic Youth
, etc.). After 1993's placeholder EP Bender, Reed
hooked up with kindred spirit Kurt Bloch
of the Fastbacks
and the Young Fresh Fellows
and recorded 1994's excellent Two Words
, an album that mixes pop, punk, and '70s hard rock influences in a manner similar to Redd Kross
and guitarist Torg Hallin
split after that release, replaced by Matt Harris
and Mike Drake
, respectively. After the release of the Sourdough EP in 1995 (which featured a surprising cover of the Rolling Stones
' "Sway"), drummer Dan Reed
-- Bob's brother, not the guy who led the '80s band the Dan Reed Network -- left the group. With a temporary replacement drummer, the group recorded a full album with Bloch
, but scrapped the project after Reed
decided the songs and performances weren't up to snuff. After finding new drummer Alex Laipeneiks
, the group recorded the far superior Moonlight and Castanets
. Unfortunately, after the release of that album, Harris
left the band. Rather than replace his guitarist and bassist yet again, Reed
elected to simply break up the band.