Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny
Austin, Texas-based noise-pop band Sixteen Deluxe formed in mid-1994 from the ashes of the local acts Swingset and Warm Jets; originally comprising singers/guitarists Carrie Clark and Chris Smith, bassist Jeff Copas, and drummer Lyman Hardy. Within a year, the group was hailed as the loudest on the Austin scene, attracting a rabid following with their decidedly psychedelic live sets. After Hardy left the group to focus all of his energy on his other band, Ed Hall, drummer Bryan Bowden signed on to record Sixteen Deluxe's 1995 debut LP Backfeed Magnet Babe; after Bowden exited, K.C. Rhodes briefly stepped in before Steven Hall assumed drumming duties full-time in 1996. While recording the EP Pilot Knob for the L.A.-based indie Genius, the band signed to Warner Bros., issuing their major-label debut Emits Showers of Sparks in 1998. Sixteen Deluxe's Warner stay proved extremely brief, however, and they jumped to indie label Sugar Fix for the follow-up, The Moonman Is Blue. The album was released late 1999, and in July of the following year Carrie Clark left the band, resulting in the end of Sixteen Deluxe.