is an Athens
band that is related to the Elephant 6 Recording Company
collective. Their sound is classified as lo-fi psychedelic indie
-pop (whew!). The bandmembers are as follows:
The members met each other while attending school in Ruston
, where Spillane and D'Azzo started the band Smilin' Joe Fission
ist John Fernandes
(Olivia Tremor Control
) and Ross Beach
) in 1992
After a series of lineup modifications, they released their first demo (at the time with Beach as well as cellist Penny Burbank, who later joined Azalia Snail). After releasing a few singles on labels like Spare Me and Earworm, they released their debut full length Are You Sleepy? on Hidden Agenda in 1998. Are You Sleepy? combines the previous singles, as well as 5 previously unreleased tracks, which were recorded in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California during 1996, and distributed on cassette tapes in 1997.
The members of Gerbils occasionally play with Olivia Tremor Control and as backing band for Neutral Milk Hotel.