Commander Venus was an emo
band fronted by a fourteen
year old Conor Oberst
, (currently making brilliant and heartbreaking sadcore
as "Bright Eyes
"). Their music is emotional but not singular, its been described as The Pixies
, with Sunny Day Real Estate
, and Archers of Loaf
thrown in. To me though, Commander Venus is intruiging as a look at the musician Oberst became: while at the time his lyricism is understandably underveloped, its creepy to listen to him sing the same jagged, hysterical vocals, except at an adolescent
ly higher tenor.
Commander Venus formed in 1994, when Oberst was in high school, and the other band members only a few years older. They cut classes to play gigs in and around Omaha
, Nebraska. Its members formed their own record label, Saddle Creek Records
, and released Do You Feel At Home?
in 1995. For a time in the nineties, their local influence was such that independant groups around Omaha were called "Saddle Creek groups". In 1997 Comm. Venus released Uneventful Vacation
on the Thick Recordings
label. Commander Venus disbanded that year.