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After the 1994 split of Bloomington, Indiana's Antenna, former Blake Babies guitarist John Strohm formed Velo-Deluxe with Go Man Go bassist Kenny Childers and Marmalade drummer Mitch Harris, then only a 19-year-old freshman at Indiana University. Strohm already had an entire album's worth of songs ready, but wanted to work them into a full band setting. After months of practicing and recording a rough demo, the band entered Echo Park Studio in Bloomington in the late spring of 1994 to record Superelastic with producer/engineer Anjali Dutt (Swervedriver, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine). The album was released on Mammoth Records in the fall of that year, and European tours with Dodgy, Drugstore, Del Amitri and Out Of My Hair followed. Two subsequent recording sessions failed to please executives at Mammoth, who declined to release another album. In the interim, Strohm and Harris joined El Nino's Glen Hicks, area pedal-steel player Dennis Scoville and guitarist Steve Woods to record Caledonia for Flat Earth Records, with the band billed as John P. Strohm and the Hello Strangers. With Childers already out of the band, Velo-Deluxe called it quits in the spring of 1996. Strohm then moved to Minneapolis, toured for over a year with the Lemonheads and eventually settled in Alabama, from where he continues to release his own solo material. Childers has since played in Bloomington bands Stranded At The Drive In and The Prom, while Harris moved to New York City to study film. ~ Jonathan Cohen



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