Chris Boehk - drums
Mark Boyd - bass
David Denosowicz - guitar/vocals
Tina Lockwood - guitar/vocals
The Search for Saturnalia hail from Austin, TX; the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world. Members David Denosowicz, Tina Lockwood, Chris Boehk, and Mark Boyd have been showing Austin how it is done one step at a time for over two years. In a never-ending sea of fledgling musicians, The Search for Saturnalia have managed to stand out time and time again. The Austin Chronicle gave them 3 out of 4 stars and said of their first release: The Search for Saturnalia combine a few six-string cues from Daydream Nation era Sonic Youth with a D.C. punk dynamic to create a promising strain of soul-stirring noise. Then, just when the press and fans thought it couldn't get any better, a 7 is released. And now, on the horizon, we have Four Letters, the band's first full-length release. What do people have in store for them from The Search for Saturnalia? According to Tina: We have certainly developed more musically since our first album and I feel like the sound has become our own creation, or as Dave puts it: This music ROCKS YOU LIKE A HURRICANE!
Search For SaturnaliaThe search followed up their CDEP with the release of a split 7 on Has Anyone Ever Told You? with El Paso's Egon. This release was the first time fans got to hear Dave taking over vocal duties, something that had been happening in their live performances for a while. Eventually, Dave stepped up to the mic permanently and original singer/bass player Jeff Greene left and long time friend of the band, Mark Boyd, entered. Mark was a new creative and energetic element brought into an already incredible band. Though the band was sad to see Jeff go, things really spiced up when Mark was added, Dave said: Mark has always been in the band, even when he was not playing in the band. After the 7, The Search for Saturnalia moved forward with their 3rd release to date, Four Letters, also on Has Anyone Ever Told You?, due out Halloween of 2000.
Four Letters again finds Dave at the vocal helm. When asked about the vocal switch to Dave and how fans were reacting to it, Mark said: I've heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone. I think the vocals are the most cosmetic of the changes. The music it's self has matured into a more melodic entity, without sacrificing any of the dynamics. Not only is Dave singing this time around with Four Letters, guitarist Tina Lockwood steps up to bat as well. The male and female dichotomy of vocals adds something new to the band that was not there before. Some songs find the two intertwined in a symbiotic vocal relationship and others find one at the forefront and the other stepping back. The whole presentation of the band has expanded to the next level in sound as well as stage presence. This release, as well as the 7, were recorded with Steven Hall of Sixteen Deluxe at the Bubble Studios in Austin. The Bubble, famous around Austin, has produced works by bands like Explosions in the Sky and The Rhythm of Black Lines. Chris said of Steven and the whole process of recording with him: He is very creative and he is giving us some great ideas. These great ideas really shine through in the 7, as well as Four Letters.
The Search have a fall tour planned up the Midwest and back home through the East coast. Musically, The Search for Saturnalia have been compared to the likes of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, and even Seam. Due largely to the trade off between male and female vocals comparisons to Rainer Maria have been popping up as well. How does The Search feel about all these comparisons? Tina again: I feel that bands with distorted 'sonic' sounding guitars get compared to bands like Fugazi and Sonic Youth too often and too quickly without recognition of what makes them different.
What makes TSFS different? Quite a bit. The Search rise above the musical occasion again and again with their distortion-driven sound. Always cultivating and crafting their art, The Search for Saturnalia have honed their melodically intense sound to a fine point.