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Growing up together in Marshall, MI, the members of Small Brown Bike have been friends, bandmates, and minor bike mechanics the majority of their lives. When brothers Mike and Ben Reed (vocals/guitar and bass/vocals, respectively), Travis Dopp (guitar), and Dan Jaquint (drums) were looking for band names for the project they started in the fall of 1996, they looked back on their collective small-town childhood and came up with Small Brown Bike, named for a sentimental Frankenstein bicycle that they had pieced together from parts as kids. After self-releasing their No Place Like You 7" in 1997 and following up in 1998 with the (and don't forget me) 7" and appearing on a couple compilations, the band attracted the attention of Gainesville, FL's No Idea Records through relentless regional touring and a fraternal relationship with Hot Water Music. No Idea released Our Own Wars in 1999 before Dopp stepped down from guitar and friend Scott Flaster took over. The compilation Collection, including singles and vinyl-only tracks, also appeared that year. Recorded with producer Ed Rose in between touring with HWM and Saves the Day, they followed up with their Dead Reckoning CD/LP in the fall of 2001. Dopp returned to the ranks of Small Brown Bike in January 2002 with a new drummer, Jeff Gensterblum, signing on in March as Jaquint decided to pursue a full-time job and school. The band hooked up with the Casket Lottery for an October split EP. The split was very well received (described as "essential" by some critics) and further caught the attention of Lookout Records, who then released their next album, The River Bed, in September 2003. An EP, Nail Yourself to the Ground, additionally appeared that June on No Idea. After several months of touring in support, however, Small Brown Bike announced their dissolution by the year's end. Their last show was played in 2004 at Chicago's Fireside Bowl.
Small Brown Bike is a band from Marshall, Michigan, United States that started in 1996. The trademark of Small Brown Bike is their "double vocals" backed by melodies. Their sound is often identified as being similar to other post-hardcore bands, such as Avail, Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Their last show was in 2004 at The Fireside Bowl in Chicago, after already agreeing to split up. Former members Mike Reed and Dan Jaquint later created the band LaSalle, with Reed's wife playing bass guitar. Ben Reed also started the Great Sea Serpents based out of Chicago, IL. Mike and Ben have also formed the band Able Baker Fox with former drummer Jeff Gensterblum and Nathan Ellis from the Casket Lottery. Their first album "Voices" was released in January 2008.
The band name is derived from working on bicycles as they grew up together.
The band announced a return to songwriting on October 6, 2009, via their new website.
The band played a few reunion shows in September 2007 to benefit a dear friend of the band who had been battling Leukemia:September 7, 2007 at Kratfbrau Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.September 8, 2007 at Subterranean in Chicago, Illinois (2 shows).September 9, 2007 at Small's Bar in Detroit, Michigan.October 28, 2007 at The Fest 6 in Gainesville, Florida.