The Need

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The Need is an American queercore band formed by singer/drummer Rachel Carns and guitarist Radio Sloan in Portland, Oregon in the mid-1990s. After issuing a series of seven-inches on labels including Kill Rock Stars and Outpunk, The Need relocated to Olympia, Washington and released two albums for Chainsaw Records. The duo's unsettling brand of post-punk art rock (combined with Carns' distinctive artwork) would set them apart and ensure their versatility. During the band's initial run, they played shows with such diverse acts as Tribe 8, Fugazi, The Ex and Bright Eyes, and toured with Le Tigre, BS 2000 and Blonde Redhead. Their third album, The Transfused, acted as a soundtrack to the rock opera of the same name. The Need dissolved in 2001, with Carns and Sloan shifting their focus to other projects. After briefly reuniting for benefit shows in 2010, The Need reformed for a second time in 2013 and released the album Resurrection.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Need The Need 1
2000 The Need is Dead The Need 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live @ RKCNDY 9-21-98 The Need 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Transfused The Need & Nomy Lamm 1

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