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Originally named for the Beatles' song "Savoy Truffle," the outfit Truffle formed in 1986 while attending the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Molding neo-hippie flair with American trad rock, their popular three-hour shows quickly gained Savoy Truffle a reputation for being the supreme college band of the northern East Coast, not to mention one of most sought out college bands during this time.
Comprised of frontman/guitarist Dave Gerard, multi-instrumentalist Ned Chase, bassist David Bailey, and drummer Brian Dionne, the band was still going under the moniker Savoy Truffle as of 1991. That same year, they were signed to indie label Apogee Records and released Talking With Ghosts. They officially became Truffle a year later and scored a deal with the Sony sister label November Records, releasing Nervous Laughter in 1993. They were making national radio and earning critical acclaim, but sales were stunted. Exhaustion from constant touring and ill-fated earnings left Dionne to quit the band. Truffle had to stop and take things back home to New Hampshire in 1994, leaving the remaining members to drift apart and individually move into various music projects.
Gerard and Bailey became an acoustic duo in 1995, and Chase ended up playing on Gerard's 1997 solo debut. The magic of the band was still alive and well during this session. They acquired a new drummer and decided to rock it out again, but under Gerard's solo material, including his 1999 solo effort Losing the Boy. The following year, Truffle released Out Loud, their first record in seven years.