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PITCHSHIFTER

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Nottingham's PITCHSHIFTER first came to prominence with their Peaceville issued, self titled debut. Guitarist Stuart Toolin held prior membership of Doom merchants EXECRATE and Crustcore band ALTRUISTIC. The band toured with NAPALM DEATH, THERAPY? and FUGAZI in 1991 and also gained a valuable John Peel Radio One session. A limited edition clear vinyl single, 'Bastardiser', soon sold out of its 1200 copies.

Signed to Earache Records in 1992, the group released the 'Submit' mini-album. Promotion work included a European tour as support to SONIC VIOLENCE and the 'Deconstruction' video.

A side venture for Stuart Toolin in 1993 saw the recording of the 'Wound Freeze' album credited to SKIN LIMIT SHOW. In October 1993 PITCHSHIFTER performed a co-headlining tour of Britain with TREPONEM PAL before further dates with BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS and would tour Europe with OBITUARY in 1994. The group's skills on the mixing front were tested with a radical re-interpretation of Swedes MISERY LOVES CO's 'Kiss Your Boots', issued on an American radio promo the following year.

PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Jim Davies raised the band's profile when he guested fore live work with the then in vogue PRODIGY. Guitarist Stuart Toolin entered into the fold of HELVIS during 1997, the side project band assembled by ACRIMONY vocalist Dorian Walters and ex-IRON MONKEY bassist Steve Watson. PITCHSHIFTER themselves ended their association with Earache Records the same year, duly signing up with major label Geffen Records. The band ended 1998 with an American tour prior to British club dates.

Davies once more involved himself with PRODIGY in early 1999 when he aided PRODIGY frontman Maxim Reality on his debut solo album.

With PITCHSHIFTER's name back in the limelight Earache re-released the 'Infotainment?' album with an added bonus remix CD approved by the band and CD-ROM tracks of 'Triad', 'Underachiever' and 'Deconstruction'. Promotion included a rash of UK dates during February supported by RADIATOR and TRIBUTE TO NOTHING.

The band's 2000 album 'Deviant', which includes a guest appearance from DEAD KENNEDY's man JELLO BIAFRA, was produced by Dave Jerden. Studio drums were recorded by ex-HELMET man John Stanier. Prior to the album's release guitarist Johnny Carter and Drummer D. quit, the latter going to THE STRATFORD MERCENARIES, a band assembled by erstwhile CRASS man Steve Ignorant. New recruits into PITCHSHIFTER were drummer Jason Bowld, previously with STIMULATOR, and ex-CATFISH guitarist Matt Grundy.

Let go by Geffen PITCHSHIFTER would sign to the Sanctuary label in 2001. However, rhythm guitarist Matt Grundy subsequently left the band following a two year term. Grundy embroiled himself in THE BLUEPRINT, the side project of PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, the CONSUMED duo of guitarist Will Burchill and drummer Chris Billam along with EARTHTONE 9 frontman Karl Middleton.

PITCHSHIFTER's 2002 opus 'P.S.I' would see the recruitment of former STIMULATOR drummer Jason Bowld. The band would score quite a coup in February of 2002, being requested to headline the 25th anniversary celebrations for the famed sci-fi comic book '2000 AD' at London's Ministry Of Sound venue. A run of high profile support dates found the band as openers to BAD RELIGION's UK tour during May.

At June 14th gig at the Los Angeles Club Moomba saw Clayden fronting an ad hoc live band unit of erstwhile GUNS N' ROSES stars guitarist Slash and drummer Matt Sorum together with JANE'S ADDICTION and ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro for a rendition of JIMI HENDRIX's 'Hey Joe'.

Guitarist Jim Davies, whilst maintaining his position with PITCHSHIFTER, rejoined THE PRODIGY for summer festivals. However, the two bands live schedules clashed as on July 13th, the day of PITCHSHIFTER's support gig to IGGY POP at the London Brixton Academy, Davies was scheduled to perform THE PRODIGY in Ireland. PITCHSHIFTER pulled in former EARTHTONE 9 guitarist Joe Roberts to fill in for Davies. The band's own headline tour of the UK in support of the 'P.S.I.' album, supported by THE KENNEDY SOUNDTRACK, commenced at the Belfast Limelight on September 20th running through until mid October. Set to progress into mainland Europe the band were to hook up with ILL NIÑO and RAGING SPEEDHORN for a further two week co-headlining run but later pulled back from these dates.

Clayden would also embark on a further band venture entitled DOHENY in league with bassist Billy Morrison, who had recently left THE CULT. That November the frontman would also lend guest vocals to PIGFACE's North American tour. In January PITCHSHIFTER revealed they were set to disband upon fulfilment of UK dates. These farewell gigs would feature Tim Rayner, brother to Dan, on second guitar. A live album, 'Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed & Uploaded', would mark their departure. Drummer Jason Bowld would temp for Heavy Metal band BLAZE, recording the album 'Blood And Belief' in December.

PITCHSHIFTER broke their hiatus in October 2004 when they re-united for a series of UK dates, supported by SIKTH, to promote the 'P.S.I.entology' DVD. A collaborative project, THIS IS MENACE, spearheaded by former PITCHSHIFTER members Mark Clayden and Jason Bowld was announced. This new venture would feature a whole host of guest musicians from such acts as CARCASS, EARTHTONE9, SIKTH, HUNDRED REASONS, AMEN, THERAPY?, HIDING PLACE and FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND. An album, 'No End In Sight', was set for an April 2005 release.

PITCHSHIFTER gigs in the UK during March 2006 saw MURDER ONE as support. The band included in the ticket price a six-track EP, entitled ''All For One And None For All', of two brand new tracks plus remixes. Ex-member Stuart Toolin's HORDES OF SATAN debut EP of that year featured a cover version of PITCHSHIFTER's 'Landfill'.

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