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The Caribbean

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  • Formed: Washington, D.C.
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Washington, D.C.'s the Caribbean formed out of the ashes of two of the city's most prominent indie rock bands, the Townies and Smart Went Crazy. Their self-released debut EP arrived at the end of 1999, and the group signed to Winnipeg's Endearing Records for its first full-length album, Verse by Verse, which was released in spring 2001. Originally a trio consisting of vocalist/guitarist Michael Kentoff, bassist Matthew Byars, and drummer/brass player Tony Dennison, the Caribbean added drummer Don Campbell and guitarist David Jones in 2004. With the new expanded lineup, the Caribbean released William of Orange in 2004, Plastic Explosives in 2005, and Populations in 2007. In 2011, the Caribbean returned with Discontinued Perfume, as well as a 7" release entitled The 65 Cent Dinner. To follow up, the band worked with producer Chad Clark on 2014's Moon Sickness.