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California's Sense Field originally consisted of vocalist Jonathan Bunch, guitarist Chris Evenson, guitarist Rodney Sellars, bassist John Stockberger, and drummer Scott McPherson. They began playing together in 1990, forming from the ashes of Evenson, Stockberger, and Bunch's prior group Reason to Believe. The following year the group released their self-titled EP on their own record label, Run H2O. Based on the EP's success and the group's consistent touring, Revelation Records distributed their 1993 mini-album Premonitions and released their full-length debut Killed for Less the following year. The group's first national and international tours preceded their second album, 1996's Building. A shift in bandmembers, however, plagued the band at the height of it all. McPherson left to play drums for Elliott Smith's band in 1999, allowing Rob Pfeiffer to step in. Several EPs and 7" singles -- the Part of the Deal EP on the Grape OS label and a split release with Onelinedrawing -- appeared before the decade's end. The year 2001 began on an up note, though. Tonight and Forever, Sense Field's fourth full-length, was issued on Nettwerk in summer 2001. While touring in support of the album the following summer, guitarist Rodney Sellars' daughter was seriously injured in a car accident and ended up in a coma, forcing Sellars to take a temporary break from the band. The remaining members of the band continued on, recording songs for a fifth effort. Living Outside, which appeared in July 2003, was produced by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate).
Sense Field was an American indie rock band from California, formed in 1991 out of the ashes of hardcore punk band, Reason to Believe.
Sense Field has been largely credited with bringing post-hardcore/ emo to a more mainstream audience alongside contemporaries like Sunny Day Real Estate, Jimmy Eat World and Texas Is the Reason. Initially signed to Revelation Records, they were hotly pursued by the major labels, eventually signing to Warner Bros. Records. Unfortunately the band became mired in inner-label politicking and sat in limbo for five years as the label re-staffed multiple times. They were eventually released from their contract and won the right to re-record the album they'd written for Warner Bros. Records (originally titled "Under The Radar" and later renamed Tonight & Forever). The band then signed to Canadian independent label, Nettwerk, and saw a release in September 2001. The band experienced their greatest success with the single "Save Yourself." Sense Field appeared on late night television shows such as The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show and saw the song place on numerous 2002 best of countdowns. The group quickly followed up the release with 2003's Living Outside. Sense Field disbanded in January 2004 at the culmination of a world tour in support of their fifth and final album.
Following the demise of Sense Field the band members went on to other outfits. Jon Bunch became the vocalist of Further Seems Forever. They released one album with Bunch in the line up before that band also parted ways. In early 2006, Jon Bunch and his Further Seems Forever bandmate Derick Cordoba went on to create Fields Forever, a duo project that plays acoustic versions of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever songs. Original drummer Scott McPherson became a sought after session player and also was a member of both Elliott Smith and Neil Finn's touring bands. Rodney Sellars created the shoegaze revivalist outfit, The Year Zero, who released their debut album in mid-2006. Chris Evenson appeared in tandem with The Juliana Theory's Brett Detar for a song under the Belasana moniker which was featured on 2004's "Maybe This Christmas Tree".
Sense Field reunited for a Revelation Records 25 Year Anniversary Show on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at The Glass House in Pomona, CA. As a warm up to that show, they played The Slide Bar in Fullerton, CA on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. They also played the Rev 25 show in Chicago on January 6, 2013. All three shows featured all original members except filling in on bass for John Stockberger was Ian Fowles who also toured the U.S. filling in on guitar for Rodney Sellars in 2003 while supporting Living Outside.