|Band:||Four Living Creatures|
|Origin:||Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA|
|Frozen Rope Records (1995)|
|R.E.X. Music (1995)|
|Members:||(1991-1994) Joseph Albanese, Cat Albanese, Willie Dizon|
|(1994) Joseph Albanese, Cat Albanese, Jeremi Gray Rodgers, Toby Tate, Matt Dentino|
|(1995) Joseph Albanese, Cat Albanese, Jeremi Gray Rodgers, Troy Edwards, Chuck Loucka|
|(1995) Jeremi Gray Rodgers, Devon Thompson, Joe Turner, Alicia Luma|
|Associated Acts:||Sweet Nectar|
Four Living Creatures was an aggressively dark Christian rock band that gained some underground buzz in the early 1990's. Influences included Scaterd Few, L.S. Underground, and Jane's Addiction. Joseph Albanese described Four Living Creatures musically as “The Sex Pistols mixed with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Black Flag.”
Four Living Creatures was formed in 1991 by Joseph Albanese and Willie Dizon. Reactions to early shows were mixed. Song lyrics tended to deal with the darker and scarier moments of Christian life. “Suddenly Religion” told the story of “reality hitting after being locked in jail for a DUI and a girl getting pregnant after a night of partying with the wrong crowd.” At some point, Joe met Cat Albanese at a show and Cat joined the band on percussion. They were married in 1992. By 1994, Willie Dizon was no longer listed as a member of the band.
The band recorded at least one demo album (Dreams, Daughters, and Sons) in 1994. The line-up for this album was Joseph Albanese, Cat Albanese, Jeremi Gray Rodgers, Toby Tate, and Matt Dentino.
Some time between 1994 and 1995, Toby Tate, and Matt Dentino left the band and were replaced by Troy Edwards and Chuck Loucka. In 1995, Four Living Creatures recorded a full length CD (Proletariat Poetry) that drew the interest of Brad Wells, who had an indie label called Frozen Rope Records. Brad secured a distribution deal with Gray Dot Music for Proletariat Poetry at some point.
Also at some point, the band gained the attention of R.E.X. Music. R.E.X. placed one of their songs, “Tangent”, on a compilation called Are We Not Men? We Are Demo!. The liner notes to “Tangent” also made the claim: “full length album coming early 1996.” This album never materialized.
At some point after the recording of the Proletariat Poetry, Joe Albanese was asked to give up his half of the singing in the band and agree to solely play guitar. This quickly caused the group to start splintering.
Before the album gained much attention, Four Living Creatures broke up. Their final show was played in Atlanta.
Jeremi Gray Rodgers and Devon Thompson from Four Living Creatures were joined by Joe Turner and Alicia Luma to form a splinter band called Sweet Nectar. Sweet Nectar released one album on R.E.X. called Tired Face In Clown Paint. This album contained two new songs and eight songs from Proletariat Poetry. The liner notes seem to indicate that these eight existing songs were taken straight from Proletariat Poetry, rather than being new recordings. Joe Albanese was only credited for additional vocals and guitars on Tired Face In Clown Paint, despite the fact that he wrote nearly half of the material on the album.
Some online articles reported that original Four Living Creatures member Willie Dizon was a member of Sweet Nectar at one point, but the liner notes to their one album do not indicate this. Very little is known about Sweet Nectar after this point.
After Four Living Creatures broke up, Joseph Albanese and Cat Albanese connected with original Four Living Creatures member Willie Dizon to form Elder.
|1995||Tired Face In Clown Paint||R.E.X. Music|
|Recorded:||Live at “Believer’s Jam ‘92” Portsmouth, VA|
|Recorded:||Glass Hand Recording, Richmond VA by Mark Milley & Kirk Henderson|
|Label:||Frozen Rope Records|
|Producer:||Brad Wells & 4LC|