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Crayon was an indiepop band from Washington state featuring Brad Roberts (guitar/vocals), Sean Tollefson (bass/vocals) and Jeff Fell (drums).


Crayon formed in 1990 in Bellinghammarker, Washingtonmarker, which is about 90 miles north of Seattlemarker. A bit more punk than twee, Crayon were obviously influenced by bands like Beat Happening and The Modern Lovers. Their sound was a cross between the Seattlemarker based grunge and Twee; Many considered their unique style, combining heavily distorted guitar with strong indiepop elements to be the missing link between UK twee bands like The Pastels and Americanmarker indie bands like Tsunami and the more abrasive Unwound, Some called the style of music they played “love rock," while others referred to it as “cuddlecore.” due to the coy nature of their songs. In the four years they were together, they released a handful of 7" singles and one full length album. In their time together, Crayon played a number of live shows and shared the stage with such diverse bands as: Superchunk, Pavement, Tiger Trap, Built to Spill, The Melvins, Bikini Kill, Karp, Heavens to Betsy, Alan Clapp, Seaweed, Ed's Redeeming Qualities, Some Velvet Sidewalk, cub, Nothing Painted Blue, The Stinkypuffs, Mecca Normal, Unwound, New Bad Things, Henry’s Dress, Smog, Lois, Godhead Silo, New Bomb Turks and The Softies. Even though they only recorded one album, Crayon would certainly have to be included as one of the most influential bands to come out of the sleepy college town of Bellingham, Washington. (Others include: The Unusuals, The Monomen, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Posies). Roberts left the band in 1994 and Tollefson & Fell went on to form the seminal twee band Tullycraft in 1995.



1991 A Cartwheel For A Kiss (Self Released)

7" Singles

1991 Matchbox 3-song 7" EP (Harriet)

1992 Moominland 6-song 7" EP (Harriet)

1992 Crayon / Veronica Lake split 7" (Cher Doll)

1993 The Snap-Tight Wars 7" (Harriet)

1993 Crayon / Grover split 7" (Gritty Kitty)

1994 Phantom Third Channel split 7" EP (Cher Doll)


1994 Brick Factory CD/Cassette (Harriet)


1992 "Knee High Susan" on The Bellingham Conflagration (Flaming Cows Head) Cassette

1992 "Secret Goldfish" on Throw: The Yoyo Studio Compilation (Yoyo) CD

1992 "All The Stars" on One Last Kiss (Spin Art) CD

1993 "Penny Lock" on Julep (Yoyo) CD/Vinyl

1993 "Crown" on North Of Nowhere (Gritty Kitty/Spam) CD

1993 "Live With It Baby" on A Love Like Lead (Lionhead Fountain, Japan) Cassette

1994 "I Could" on A Day In The Park (Now Sound) CD/Vinyl

1995 "The Snap-Tight Wars" (live) on The Basement Tapes Live Recordings At KSPC 1989-1995

1996 "Forever Nearly True"(live) on Yoyo A Go Go (Yoyo) CD/Vinyl

2001 "The Snap-Tight Wars" on Songs For Cassavetes Soundtrack (Better Looking Records) CD


  • Strong, M. C. (2003). The Great Indie Discography (2nd Edition) pg. 1041. Published by Canon Books Ltd. (US/CAN) ISBN 1 84195 335 0.

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