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Guster Lyrics

Guster - Biography

Guster became one of the most successful bands to hit the U.S. East
Coast scene in the late '90s. Through relentless touring and
humorous stage banter with the crowd, the band developed a strong,
grass-roots fan base which spread rapidly with a strong presence on
the Internet. The Boston trio developed a unique sound with two
acoustic guitars and a bongo set, successfully defying the typical
industry pigeonholing. They wrote short, infectiously catchy tunes
about love, suicide and absurdist rock star lifestyles. Through word
of mouth alone, the band sold over 40,000 copies of independent
debut Parachute and their second effort, Goldfly.

Ryan Miller (guitar, vocals), Adam Gardner (guitar, vocals) and
Brian Rosenworcel (percussion) met in 1992 at Tufts University, and
played around the Boston area during college. Originally named Gus,
the band adopted the appended Guster moniker after discovering
several other national touring acts playing under the same name. In
1994 they recruited producer Mike Denneen for their debut album,
Parachute, which the Boston Globe named Best Local Debut Album in
1995. Guster also appeared on the AWARE 3 Compilation the same year.
Within a couple of years from its inception, Guster became one of
the most popular bands in the area. Named the Best Live Act at the
Boston Music Awards in 1997, Guster was hailed as one of the
greatest independent successes of the 1990s, achieving a reputation
as one of the most reputable unpromoted bands of the decade.

After releasing a second album, Goldfly, in March 1997, Guster
continued a relentless touring schedule and sold out small clubs
across the country. In 1998, Guster signed the first contract under
an agreement between Sire Records Group and Hybrid Recordings. The
group re-released Goldfly in April 1998 under the major-label
contract and returned the following year with Lost and Gone Forever,
which positioned the band for greater exposure, especially on the
college level. Producer Roger Moutenot (Joseph Arthur,
Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo) assisted Guster in the studio for their
fourth album, however Sire folded and Guster shopped for another
label before signing with Reprise's Palm Pictures in early 2003.
Keep It Together appeared in June. The band spent the next year
touring America several times over. Their CD/DVD set Guster on Ice:
Live from Portland, Maine appeared May 2004. Two years later, Guster
issued their fifth album Ganging Up on the Sun. The sunny 12-song
set also marked the proper debut of multi-instrumentalist Joe
Pisapia as a permanent member of the group. Arabella Clauson &
MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide
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