1997Grass Records is set to release Commander Venus's second album, , but the label is bought by Alan and Diana Meltzer, who previously owned distributor CD One Stop.
They dub their new label Wind-up, which will later find success with Christian-leaning hard rock acts like Creed and Evanescence.
Bill Hoover, a member of local group the Darktown House Band, is in the audience and asks Oberst to come back a few weeks later.
"I had to write enough songs to play a whole set," Oberst tells the blog , Oberst's debut cassette, appears as the first release on Lumberjack Records, a label founded by his brother Justin and his friend Mike Mogis as part of an entrepreneurship class project. After Matthew leaves, the band morphs into Slowdown Virginia.
His two older brothers, Justin and Matthew Jr., introduce him to '80s indie and alternative bands like the Cure, R. and starts hanging around the local indie record shop, Antiquarium Records.He makes his live debut playing the final song of a folk night at Kilgores performance space.The event is organized by Ted Stevens of Lullaby for the Working Class.However their success is curtailed after Bowen and Kasher quit (the former no longer wanted to play drums, the latter to concentrate on Cursive).Todd Baechle and Ben Armstrong fill in as rhythm section and the band embark on an East Coast tour, but split up soon after. We got tagged as an emo band right off the bat," says Oberst to .
"There were always kids putting on shows, but it was pretty contained within the city.