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The Story of Argonaut
Argonaut formed in Tacoma, WA and played their first show in 1999. They are a heavy rock band. They play loud. The band has seen a few line-ups. The current one is Matt Sader – bass and vocals, Dave Takata = guitars, Brandon Boote = drums and Chad Baker = guitars. The band released it’s first LP “Shoot The Moon” in 2003. It was regarded as one of the top 5 releases of 2003 by Hotel Magazine (Toronto, CA) and received good reviews. They toured the west coast and played with such bands as High On Fire, Unida, Porn (Men Of), The Whip, Harkonen, Alabama Thunderpussy, Suplecs, Caustic Resin, Spirit Caravan, Dixie Witch and more. The band recorded an EP with Ben Verellen of Helms Alee/Harkonen/Verellen amplifiers fame. Then they broke up. Drama, it happens.
Fast forward to 2009. Derick Hortsch #1 Argonaut super-fan got married to his wife Linda. Derick ran into Dave and told him if he could have one present it would be that Argonaut played his reception. With warm fuzzies and happy hearts the band reformed for the joyous occasion. That night they released a very small pressing of the EP they recorded years earlier. They called it “The Good Times and the Bad Times”. The EP was passed around and eventually ended up in the hands of Seattle, WA radio station KEXP DJ Hannah Levin. Hannah liked it a lot. Hannah was mad the band broke up and saw Matt and Dave at a show one night. She talked to Dave about the band. Dave told Hannah he would play in Argonaut again. Hannah talked to Matt. She was mad. She told him it was a bad thing Argonaut was broken up and to get the band back together. Matt and Dave decided to do just that one night. Hannah was happy. She threw a big show for them. This time around the band has played with bands like Red Fang, The Absolute Monarchs, Helms Alee, Lozen, White Orange, Ancient Warlocks, Reignwolf, The Fucking Eagles and more. The band is happy making really heavy really loud music again.