Mazzy Star is an American alternative rock band that was formed in 1988, in Santa Monica, California from the now-defunct band called Opal. The band rose to prominence with the release of their track titled Fade into You from their 2nd studio album So Tonight That I Might See (1993).
- Hope Sandoval (Singer, Songwriter)
- Suki Ewers (Musician, Photographer, Filmmaker)
- Colm Ó Cíosóig (Musician, Songwriter)
- Josh Yenne (Multi-Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Teacher)
- William Cooper
- Jill Emery
- Keith Mitchell
- David Roback
Santa Monica, California, United States
Alternative Rock Blues, Rock Dream, Pop Folk, Neo-Psychedelia
- Rhymes of an Hour
- Rough Trade Records
- Capitol Records, LLC.
- She Hangs Brightly was Mazzy Star’s debut studio album that was released on May 21, 1990.
- Their 2nd studio album titled So Tonight That I Might See which was released on October 5, 1993, was ranked at #36 on the Billboard 200 and until late 2021, had been their only Platinum and Gold selling albums.
- Seasons of Your Day was their 4th and final album until early December 2021, which was released on September 24, 2013, and ranked highest on the UK Albums Chart at #24.
Mazzy Star Facts
- The band was formed in Santa Monica, California in 1988.
- It was vocalist Hope Sandoval and guitarist David Roback that formed Mazzy Star after the departure of vocalist Kendra Smith from their former group called Opal.
- The band’s musical influences are The Rolling Stones, X (Pop Band From The 70’s), The Velvet Underground, The Bangles, Nirvana, Cigarettes After S*x, Lana del Rey, Angel Olsen, and Big Star.
- They got their first big record break with Capitol Records, LLC in 1990, with whom they released their album She Hangs Brightly on November 4, 1990, as well as the band’s second album So Tonight That I Might See on September 27, 1993. They also released their 3rd album titled Among My Swan on October 29, 1996.
- Some of their hit singles until 2021, were Fade into You, Flowers in December, Common Burn / Lay Myself Down, and I’m Less Here.
- Mazzy Star’s founding member David Roback died on February 24, 2020, at the age of 61 in Los Angeles, California due to metastatic cancer.
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