The three-headed Hydra created by Japanese-born singer Kazu Makino and Italian twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace has formed one of the most malleable bands from that era when rock bands on the fringes were coloring well outside of the lines. Blonde Redhead started out playing noisy and minimalistic rock that was influenced by post-punk and the No Wave scene that captivated peers such as Sonic Youth and Unwound. Through nine full-length records and over 25 years of being a band, Makino and the Pace brothers — Amodeo on guitar and vocals, Simone on drums — have elevated their sound from their gnarly beginnings to incorporate elements of pop, electronic music and krautrock all while staying true to their identity and remaining as captivating and vital as ever. What feels right for us? And then we do it. I feel lucky that the three of us are so different in so many ways that we contribute to the music in a different manner.
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Moving from Sonic Youth-like art punk to eclectic pop over the course of their decades-long career, Blonde Redhead remained one of indie rock's most creative acts. The name was taken from a song by the '80s no wave band DNA. With Makino and Amedeo on guitars and vocals, Simone on drums, and Takahashi on bass, the band's chaotic, artistic rock caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, who produced and released the band's debut album, Blonde Redhead, on his Smells Like Records label. Shortly after the album's release, Takahashi left the band. The remaining members continued as a trio, releasing a second album, La Mia Vita Violenta, on Shelley's label in