Carissa's Wierd

Carissa's Wierd existed from 1995 until 2003. They are reuniting in 2010 to release a retrospective compilation and will play a one-time show in Seattle on July 9th.

Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto formed Carissa’s Wierd out of Seattle in 1995, and released three albums before their 2003 breakup. Their plaintive, melancholy, beautiful music won over many who were fortunate enough to be exposed to it. The band’s lineup changed throughout the band’s existence. Mainstays in the band included violinist Sarah Standard, drummer (and later bassist) Ben Bridwell, drummer Sera Cahoone, drummer Creighton Barrett, and keyboard/accordian player Jeff Hellis. Their final album, Songs About Leaving, was a modest success in the Northwest, topping many critics charts and leaving fans hungry for more. Sadly, the band decided to go their separate ways in September of 2003. Jenn is now performing under the name S and Brooke and Bridwell went on to create Band of Horses. Brooke has since moved on to become part of Grand Archives and Sera Cahoone has launched her solo career. As of April 2007, both Grand Archives and Sera Cahoone have been signed to Sub Pop Records. In March 2010, Hardly Art announced that it would release a compilation of Carissa’s Wierd material, with songs picked by Brooke and Ghetto, followed by reissues of the group’s first three full-length records. The band is planning a reunion show for summer 2010 to support the compilation.

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Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Carissa's Wierd: Ugly But Honest / You Should Be at Home Here / Songs Abou

Reissue reviews are up on Pitchfork today! Hardly Art completes its roundup of the work of this formative Pac NW band, which went on to help birth ...

Hardly Art - purveyor of things for you to buy since 2007

Preorder our reissue LPs via Hardly Art: The time for preordering is now! After spending years out of print, we are happy to be able to offer all three full-lengths from Carissa's Wierd on both vinyl and digital formats for the first time. All three releases have been pressed on quality custom-colored RTI vinyl, retain their original artwo...

One-time-only reunion show is happening tonight! See you all at the Showbox.

Carissa's Wierd: Don't Know What You've Got Until It's Gone - Page 1 - Music - Seattle - Seattle Wee

Feature in Seattle Weekly: The memory that Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto recall most vividly from their near-decade in Carissa's Wierd is killing a deer.
It was 2003; the year before, Songs About Leaving, their third and best studio album, was relea

The End Is the Best Part by Eric Grandy - Music - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

Feature in the Stranger: The End Is the Best Part - Saying Good-bye to Carissa's Wierd One More Time - Seattle's #1 Weekly Newspaper. Covering Seattle news, politics, music, film, and arts; plus movie times, club calendars, restaurant listings, forums, blogs, Questionland questions about Seattle, and Savage Love.

Showbox at the Market | Event Details

T-minus two days 'til the big reunion show! Tix are still available: Showbox is an entertainment venue located in Seattle that showcases a variety of events  including concerts, theatre productions, sports, comedy, seminars and more.

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Band Members

Mat Brooke, Jenn Ghetto, Sarah Standard, Jeff Hellis, Robin Peringer, Ben Bridwell, Sera Cahoone, Thomas Wright, Gilden Tunador


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Record Label

Hardly Art
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