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Mysterious melodies drive cool, atmospheric, songs of windy guitars and smooth, slightly-warbling vocals. In the vein of Travis and Radiohead.

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Biography: 54 Seconds

54 Seconds' story begins with a dream -a dream that Spencer Gibb had in Miami, Florida, in 1997, urging him to move to Texas. He did, and began performing under the name Jez Spencer (a solo project under a different name).

The original members of Jez Spencer were Gibb, JJ Johnson, Stewart Cochran, Johnny Goudie and Einar. Johnson suggested Cochran, who he had seen play with Abra Moore (no relation to Ian Moore), and David Garza (Dah-veed). Gibb e-mailed Cochran, who at the time was touring Europe with Jimmy LaFave. When Cochran got back to Texas, he hooked up with Johnson and Gibb at the Austin Rehearsal Complex (ARC), and after hearing some demos, decided that he was in for the long haul.

Goudie left early to start his own band (Goudie). After about 8 months, Einar also departed (now also performing in Goudie).

The remaining members played with a bunch of other bassists, including George Reiff, (Charlie Sexton, Ian Moore). For the next few months, Jez Spencer played shows, until Reiff left. That is when the band decided they wanted to really figure out their own unique sound and get serious -and with that they found Glenn McGregor.

Developing their unique sound took about a year, while the band recorded Jez Spencer - 4 Track Mind. The band was shopping for someone to manage them, and still didn't have a band name.

It was their overseas manager at the time (and long time friend of Gibb) Mark Chaplin, that suggested they pitch their music to his London partner John Wadlow (Seal's former manager). After sending Wadlow a few of their demos, Gibb phoned him. Wadlow and Gibb clashed from the word go. Wadlow was not impressed with the band being un-named, and he only liked one of the songs, "In A Box," but he thought the chorus came in to late. "A perfect pop song chorus comes in at around 54 seconds," he said. Gibb thought he was crazy and told Wadlow, "We'll name our band 54 Seconds and you can go [censored]."

It was Chaplin that said he liked the band name (Gibb had only been joking), but after talking it over with the rest of the band, they stuck with it. 54 Seconds was born.

Contributed by: Poppyseed

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Albums

 EP (2 links)1998
 Promo1999
 Live at Antones February 242001
 Live at Antones May 25 (1 review, 2 links)2001
 Live at Hole in the Wall March 4 (2 links)2001
 Live at La Zona Rosa April 14 (2 links)2001
 Live at Speakeasy April 18 (2 links)2001
 Live at Speakeasy February 26 (2 links)2001
 Live at Speakeasy March 122001
 Live at Speakeasy March 292001
 Promo 2 (2 links)2001
 Coma (3 links)2003
 Promography2003
 Memoirs of the Superficially Happy2005
 

Singles

 World Stood Still2001
 Ben's Letter2004
 

Videos

 Early Warning1998
 Sell It To a Girl1998
 

Online Releases

 Meaningless Conversation [live]2003
 

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Compilation Albums

 Band Promote - Sampler #12 January 20032003
 

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