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Remember Sage? No?

Well, that's understandable, as they are one of the most unfairly overlooked bands in Seattle's music history , but they're coming back

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Sage's One Night Stand in '08

sage1.jpg

Remember Sage? No?

Well, that's understandable, as they are one of the most unfairly overlooked bands in Seattle's music history, but they're coming back in 2008 to remind people of their contributions. Joint frontmen Marc Olsen (pictured above during the band's heyday) and Guy Davis made ornately embellished, bass-heavy psych rock with a unique streak of Middle Eastern flavor and put out a couple of records on now-defunct local label Will Records. After a rather acrimonious split in 1997, Olsen enjoyed some success as a solo artist recording for both My Own Planet Records and Roslyn Recordings (earning himself some very justified comparisons to Neil Young and Elliot Smith) and making an appearance on Gerald Collier's first solo record. He also toured briefly as a guitarist in Mark Lanegan's band and dabbled in cinema, scoring the soundtrack to indie flick Under Heaven in 1998 (he had previously played a small role in the 1995 Jennifer Jason Leigh vehicle Georgia).

Olsen has been pretty damn reclusive over the last few years, just popping up occasionally for a low-key show at the Sunset. However, he's reuniting with his old bandmates on February 1 to play a show at Neumo's with Sky Cries Mary, a group they were frequently billed with back in the day (Olsen also played guitar for SCM briefly). Perhaps impending parenthood started making him both more forgiving and a little sentimental: shortly before the decision to reunite was made, Olsen found out he was going to be a father for the first time. Congrats to him and thanks for pulling Sage back together, even if it's just for one night. I'm looking forward to it.

 
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