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Victory at Sea [bio]

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Mona Elliott (guitar, vocals)
Mel Lederman (bass, keys)
Dave Norton (drums)
Taro Hatanaka (violin, guitar)

Victory at Sea had their rudimentary beginnings in 1994 when Mona Elliott, late of Taang! recording artists Spore, hooked up with Swirlies singer/guitarist Christina Files, who had offered to contribute her drumming to the Elliott solo repertoire. Mel Lederman, veteran of various Boston bands, was later invited to play bass. The three became a full-time working entity by 1996 and over the next two years released two singles and an EP on the Villa Villakula and Magic Eye labels.

The Dark is Just the Night, their full-length debut on Slowdime Records, followed in 1999. Christina then left the band and spirited upstart Fin Moore got called to take over the drum seat. It's then that Kimchee Records arrived on the scene to release a split EP with Victory at Sea and Helms as well as their sophomore long player Carousel in 2001. By 2002 Finny was gone and Carl Eklof had arrived, emoting like original drummer Files but also pushing the envelope like Moore did. And just in time to give live support to their latest album The Good Night comes Taro Hatanaka on violin. Hold it, wait! It's January 2003 and drummer #4 has arrived in the person of Dave Norton.

Victory at Sea make sound that is as morose as it is beautiful, as stunning as it is depressive. Mining deep psychic strata, the trio skillfully expose raw nerve to dim light, knowing when to musically tiptoe into trauma as well as how to break through with sonic ferocity. In this music-as-commerce world they can almost sound too real. If you haven't already fallen victim to the twin sirens of derivative song and rock gloss, you should find their catalog utterly seductive, in turn warming and chilling in its depths.


The Good Night CD (2002 Kimchee Records)

Carousel 12'' LP (2001 Kimchee Records)

Carousel CD (2001 Kimchee Records - second pressing)
Carousel CD (2001 Slowdime Records - first pressing)

Helms & Victory at Sea split CD (2000 Kimchee Records)

The Dark is Just the Night CD & LP (1999 Slowdime Records)

Easier Than Living EP (1999 Villa Villakula Records)

"Wishes" 7'' (1999 Magic Eye Singles)

"Snow" 7'' (1996 Villa Villakula Records)

Related bands

Mona was in Spore.
Mel solos as My Loneliest Pomegranate.
Mel played on Thalia Zedek's record Been Here & Gone.

Christina plays with Mary Timony.
Christina was in Swirlies.
Finny was and once again is in Robots.
Finny is in The Ninja.



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