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Lackthereof , the nom de solo project of Danny Seim, came into existence in 1997, several years before Seim became part of the eclectic, Portland-based indie trio Menomena. Initially, the project embraced a spirit of electronica-tinged experimentalism, sounding something akin to the eccentric work of John Maus; Lackthereof's later work became more spare and folky, nodding to artists like Bon Iver and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. In the early days of the project, Lackthereof's recordings were relegated to CD-Rs; six of these discs were recorded from the project's birth up until Seim became engrossed with his work in Menomena. A few years down the road, Seim was picked up by FILMguerrero for his seventh Lackthereof release, Christian the Christian, which was released on that label in 2005. Lackthereof's second full-length on FILMguerrero, My Haunted, was released in the spring of 2008. It was followed a few months later by another full-length, Your Anchor, which was released on Barsuk Records.
Lackthereof is the solo project of Danny Seim, a founding member of the Portland, Oregon-based band Menomena.
The first six Lackthereof albums were recorded at home and given out to Seim's friends on cassettes and CD-R's. In 2005, FILMguerrero released Christian the Christian, making it the first album in the Lackthereof discography to receive any sort of formal distribution.
Seim took Lackthereof to a live setting for the first time in 2004, recruiting his then-wife Holly, friend Tyler Poage, and Kevin and Anita Robinson of the band Viva Voce. This lineup played one show at Portland's annual PDX Pop Now! Festival before disbanding.
The following year, Seim revived the project again, this time with the help of Holly, Matt Dabrowiak, and Paul Alcott of the band Dat'r.
To support the 2008 release of Your Anchor, Lackthereof performed several more shows in Portland with Alcott, Dabrowiak, Jim Fairchild (of All Smiles, Grandaddy and Modest Mouse), and Jon Ragel (of Boy Eats Drum Machine).
On October 13, 2009, Barsuk released the 20-track anthology A Lackthereof Retrospective 1998-2008, or I was a Christian Emo Twentysomething. The release compiles highlights from Seim's early home recording career, featuring songs that were never before released outside of cassettes and CD-R's given out to friends.