My First Earthquake: Cool in the Cool Way
From their first full length album Downstairs.
Three of the four members of My First Earthquake attended Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, but they didn’t collaborate until they’d each separately moved to San Francisco. Rebecca started out singing in a psych-metal band called Ice Queen. Chad was playing the accordion and phasing out of rock. He’d played in several bands with Keith Murray of We Are Scientists, but since he’d stayed in SF when they moved to NYC (and on to stardom), he figured he’d had his chance and lost it.
Chad and Rebecca became friends through an acquaintance. After hearing some tracks of Rebecca singing over electronica beats and hearing about the sheer ridiculousness of Ice Queen, Chad convinced her to quit the band and start a project with him. During their first songwriting session, Rebecca experienced her first earthquake. They liked the sexual / geological double-entendre, and after some debate (other contenders: Sleep In The Sea, Tufte, Teenage Girlfriend, EXACTO), the name My First Earthquake was deemed destiny.
They found drummer Andre Salcido in an ad on Craigslist. Without a practice space, they forced him to audition on electronic drumpads in Chad’s bedroom. For a while they rehearsed as a trio. After auditioning a few guitarists, they remembered their friend Dave Lean. He started playing shows with them, and they recorded their first EP, Tremors, shortly thereafter.