Mark Carpowich 9 a.m., Dec. 26
RIYL: The Locust, Upsilon Acrux
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Inception: San Diego, 1998
Featuring two founding members of the Locust, synth-heavy math-metalheads Tarantula Hawk came together in summer 1998, founded by three players who'd only recently moved to San Diego -- Rob Morrison (from Seattle), Dave Warshaw (LA), and Braden Diotte (LA) -- along with Dylan Scharf, a San Diego native.
Bassist/electronics player Morrison left the group in March 1999, returning to Seattle, resulting in each band member taking on auxiliary instruments as they recorded new music. Their debut full-length features one long 40-minute-plus instrumental track.
Over the next few years, Tarantula Hawk solidified itself within the underground music community, performing alongside such underground heavyweights as Neurosis, Crash Worship, High on Fire, Dystopia, and the Locust. They split in 2005.