Strictly Ballroom


Photo by Daniel Cavey
Biography:

Strictly Ballroom was founded in late 1994 by a bunch of former KXLU DJs — guitarist/singer Chris Gunst, second guitarist Paul Larson, bassist Jimmy Tamborello, drummer Ian MacKinnon, and keyboardist/percussionist Jimmy Hay. The band’s sound was described as “Enocore” by the press and fans at the time, due to their Brian Eno-like soundscaping merged with the sounds of hardcore. Signed to the Waxploitation label, the quintet issued the album Hide Here Forever in 1998, and became a college radio favorite, appearing on the CMJ charts. Not much was heard from the band after the album’s ensuing tour, and many assumed the band had broken up when a few bandmembers joined other groups (Gunst — Beachwood Sparks, Tamborello — Figurine). But by the time their debut was reissued on Better Looking Records in 2001, all five original members had reunited under the new name Arca.

Biography by Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Members:
Chris Gunst – vocals, guitar
∙ Jimmy Tamborello – bass
∙ Paul Larson – guitar
∙ Ian MacKinnon – drums
Jimmy Hey – keyboards, percussion
∙ Brian Tamborello
∙ Koji Motonishi
∙ Jose Salguero
Discography:
Fire/Fire(remix)
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Sub Pop Records
2001
7"
Sub Pop singles club, 1 300 copies, translucent blue vinyl
Hide Here Forever
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Waxploitation/Better Looking Records
1997/2001
CD/LP
I Love
i am an idiot Records
7"
Risk
Chou-Chou Records
1994
7"
Audio/video:
A Picture (from Hide Here Forever)
Live 22/5 1998 (YouTube video)
Live 22/5 1998 (YouTube video)
Links:
KXLU 88,9 FM
Anchored.com (click ‘Photography’/’SERIES 002: Rock’ for Strictly Ballroom photos and ‘Films’/’Dear XXX’ for a short film inspired by the music of Strictly Ballroom)
JimmyTamborello.com