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Signal (formerly Stru Tural, pronounced Stroo Ter Al) was formed
in December of 1994. Dan Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, and Jamie McGoldrick
grew up together in the Richmond District of San Francisco and
in the fall of 1994 they got a demo together and with the help
of drummer Ken Sells played their first show in February 1995.
They quickly gathered a loyal following and appeared on the
NBC television show “First Cut” as winners of a local band contest,
released their first full-length tape in March 1995 and their
self-titled debut CD in March 1996. The day they released the
cd their drummer Ken disappeared. He literally disappeared and
has not been heard from since. It is rumored that he went to
Japan, but no one knows for sure. Between Dan, Jamie and Pat
they had nearly thirty songs that they were ready to record
for the next album and fortunately, Jamie, played drums as well.
The Signal spent the next 5 months recording and mixing 30 songs
themselves. They decided to use 23 of these songs on the album.
Although their 2nd album, Monticello Compromise was recorded
in their basement it is not your typical garage band recording.
The album was released in March of 1997 and The Signal (still
Stru Tural at this time) received critical acclaim and drew
the attention of fans and critics along the West Coast. They
promoted the album with a two-month tour through the Southwest
and Midwest, culminating with two shows in Chicago. The response
was overwhelming. They were well received everywhere they went
and encouraged to come back soon. After returning from the tour,
they met drummer Brian White in January 1998 and immediately
began working on their third album.
The Triumphant Return of Amsted Butterfly was released on Ixchel
Records in December 1998. A concept album of sorts, The Triumphant
Return of Amsted Butterfly, exhibits the different moods of
The Signal (still Stru Tural). They supported the album with
a West Coast tour and several trips to Los Angeles. They continued
to garner the attention of critics and record companies at the
1999 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. The Triumphant Return
of Amsted Butterfly introduced them to new fans and by the end
of 1999 they had increased their fan base ten fold. When they
returned to San Francisco with their sights on the fourth album
they were tired of explaining the name Stru Tural and decided
to become The Signal.
The Signal’s 4th and most recent album Hunters Point exemplifies
the progression of the band. Their tightest album to date, this
collection of 10 songs highlights their combination of talented
songwriting, musicianship and energy. It is also the culmination
of a band that has had the opportunity to play together for
three years. With the emergence of Jamie’s guitar and bass work
and Brian establishing himself as a tight, versatile drummer,
providing the musical complexity to support the catchy, infectious
and thoughtful lyrics and melodies of Dan and Pat Kennedy, The
Signal has established itself as a band that demands attention.
The first single “us of a” is being played on college and mainstream
radio along the West Coast. They will support the album with
a tour of the West Coast, Southwest and Midwest in the summer
of 2001. As one critic put it, “if there is anything right in
this world you’ll be hearing a lot more from The Signal.”