Monday, April 18, 2011

Splender - Halfway Down The Sky (1999)

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Waymon Boone and bassist James Cruz formed the alternative pop/rock quartet Splender in 1997. The New York based group went through various incarnations, eventually choosing drummer Marc Slutsky after he responded to an advertisement in the Village Voice and lead guitarist Jonathan Svec. Boone is the son of an R&B singer, and toured with his mother in his youth.

The group's first shows were on a European festival tour opening for nu-metal group Korn, as well as playing various shows around New York City.

The band was signed to Columbia Records after winning a Battle of bands. Todd Rundgren produced their 1999 debut album, Halfway Down the Sky. The album spawned two hits in "Yeah, Whatever" and "I Think God Can Explain." In 2001, the band signed to Clive Davis' J Records. A year later, To Whom it May Concern was released which spawned the single "Save It For Later."

Shortly following their second release, the group disbanded. Waymon Boone recently announced via myspace that the band is starting to record its new album in and is going on a tour on 2009.

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Splender.1999.Halfway Down The Sky (1999)
The first album of Splender, released May 18, 1999.
Produced by Todd Rundgren.


Tracks (download for study Updated Links Sept.19, 2011)
01. I Don't Understand - 4:01
02. Yeah, Whatever - 3.42
03. Monotone - 3:03
04. Spaceboy - 3:39
05. Special - 3:11
06. I Think God Can Explain - 3:55
07. Supernatural - 4:07
08. Irresponsible - 3:08
09. I Apologize - 3:21
10. Spin - 3:41
11. Cigarette - 4:01
12. Wallflower - 4:00
13. London - 8:43