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Seven Percent Solution

Despite generous attention by many popular music publications, Seven Percent Solution has managed to stay clouded in obscurity. Their unique blend of sonic experimentation, psychedelic loops and solitary enigmatic vocals, has made Seven Percent Solution one of the more original rock bands to ever blossom out of the more conventional Austin, Texas music scene. The name of the band is based on the title of a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery in which Holmes is wrapped up in a cocaine addiction. This story revolves around ambiguity and paranoia making it an appropriate name for the band, considering that these are some of the core themes carried over into their music. Seven Percent Solution creates vast alien textures; landscapes that seem foreign, but upon closer inspection, they are the places we go when we are lonely and confused, or maybe reminiscing about dreams that escaped and deceived us.

Reese Beeman formed the band in Austin in 1992, Seven Percent Solution released their first full length recording this same year, but the self-titled debut only appeared on tape. Songwriter Reese Beeman led the effort by playing guitar, bass and lead vocals; "Scott Sasser" played drums on the album. James Adkisson, joined the band to play guitar on the 1993 Sugar EP. The band seemed to take a break, and was all but forgotten until the 1996 All About Satellites and Spaceships LP came out of nowhere, stunning both the fans and the media with its complex beauty. Bass player, Julian Capps joined the band in 1997, he also plays guitar, and sings back-up vocals. In 1999, the Gabriel's Waltz LP was released. This was the first album to feature all four members of the band. ~ Gregg Rounds, Rovi
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This song (Built on Sand) reminds me of the REM song What If We Give It Away
Gotta love the sound fx they add in their music. That's my type of music right there.
kkbluerose
I hope they re-release this song (and album) so I may purchase it immediately. It seems to be quite the collectors item currently.
I must own all of their albums, post-haste!
add it to the collection
I'm proud to say I saw them play live in Austin several times. Wow, they were great. Their shows were deeply psychedelic - so much so that a beer and an open mind was all you need to feel like you were tripping when they were playing.
eric.hutchin s
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / T h e _ S e v e n - P e r - C e n t _ S o l u t i o n
njbratton
The name of the band is not the title of a Sherlock Holmes story, although the phrase is part of a story. Sign of Four, perhaps?
matt9620
They gave out a free copy of, "All about satellites and spaceships" at a show in Austin. Still have it and it is still in rotation.
ruffomonty
Its something special alright. A keeper.
bramiam2004
What an incredible piece of music this is. That band was the best kept secret in the 90's. Neopsychedel i c music at it's absolute best. The album is hard to find now, but worth the effort.
Really miss this band. Check out A Five and Dime Ship (a 7% spinoff band) - highly recommend this too.
All about satellites and spaceships - unreal, love this song
saturnine_in c h
awesome, highly recommended.

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