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    (1991- )
    Formed in Chicago
    Dan Bitney - Bass, Percussion, Synthesizers (1993- )
    John Herndon - Drums, Percussion, Synthesizers
    Doug McCombs - Bass, Lap Steel Guitar
    John McEntire - Drums, Percussion, Synthesizers, Producer
    Jeff Parker - Guitar (1998- )
    Bundy K. Brown - Guitar (1991-1994)
    Dave Pajo - Guitar (1995-1998)
    Began as a casual side project that became very popular in indie rock circles
    Members are concurrently in other bands such as The Sea & Cake, Isotope 217, Brokeback, A Grape Dope & 5ive Style
    Albums include 'Tortoise' (1994), 'Millions Now Living Will Never Die' (1996), 'TNT' (1998), 'Standards' (2001) and 'It's All Around You' (2004)
    Most band members smoke.
    Most of the members have an abundance of tattoos.
    Their albums since 'TNT' are over-produced.
    Many Tortoise songs have been remixed.
    Journalists have incessantly defined their music as 'math rock' or 'post rock.'
    'Millions Now Living Will Never Die' is taken from a title of the 1925 Mormon text.
    Their song 'Tin Cans and Twine' was featured in a Calvin Klein commercial.
    Jeff Parker dropped out of the Berklee College of Boston just before graduation.
    John McEntire nearly finished his Electronic Music studies at Oberlin College, but failed a required exam.
    They may be the most successful instrumental rock band in recent decades.
    Prior to the group's success, some of the members were in sought-after indie rock bands such as Slint, Palace Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day and the Poster Children.
    Their critically-acclaimed music is a mix of punk rock, jazz, 20th-century minimalism, electronica and Latin rhythms.
    Their live performances are energetic, and the members often trade instruments.
    They were a backing band for Brazilian musician Tom Ze on his world tour (1999).
    They've always managed to have a non-caucasian guitarist. Jeff Parker is black, Bundy Brown is half-Korean and Dave Pajo is Filipino.
    Brown went on to be a paramedic.
    Pajo went on to form Papa M, and he played in the short-lived Zwan.
    McEntire is a renown record producer, and owns a recording studio called Soma.

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