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The story of Speedwell is a long and arduous one. Speedwell began in the fall of 1996 as Meredith Bragg, Troy Farmer, and Jonathan Roth. We played some shows in our college town and recorded a seven inch record that was released by Sport. Soon after this, Brian Minter joined the band. We then toured the southeastern U.S. with Engine Down. We wrote some great songs before we broke up in May of 1998.
The story doesn't end there, though. Two years later, realizing we still enjoyed playing music together, we decided to reform and set upon the task of once again rocking the world, or at least the eastern U.S. We recorded a CD EP that was released by Engineer records, and added another member to the band, Cheryl Huber. This line-up toured the southeastern U.S. with fellow D.C. rockers Metropolitan. Once again, we wrote some more great songs, and then Speedwell split up again in February of 2003.
Throughout our sporadic career, we played shows with such notable bands as the Dismemberment Plan, Jimmy Eat World, the Get Up Kids, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mates of State, Superdrag, Ted Leo, Darkest Hour, Mineral, the Van Pelt, Silver Scooter, Milemarker, and 400 Years. We also appeared on various compilations released by Deep Elm, Ignition, and Coolidge/Underadar Records.
Meredith Bragg went on to start a solo career under his own name, with Brian and Jonathan often supporting him in his backing band.