"Morphine" was an alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman and Dana Colley in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1989.
Critically-acclaimed for their innovative music and unique instrumentation, Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band a very unusual sound. Sandman's distinctive singing was described as a "deep, laid-back croon"http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/music/99/07/08/ASHARE_MAY_94.html, and his songwriting featured a prominent beatnik influence.
When asked by reporters to describe their music, Sandman labeled it "Low Rock". One critical appraisal suggests that "Morphine immediately established a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a 'power trio' not built around the sound of an electric guitar. Instead, with sly intelligence, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album."http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=morphine
Morphine were formed in 1989 by bassist/vocalist Mark Sandman, who had previously played with the bluesy alternative rock band Treat Her Right, and Dana Colley (tenor and baritone saxophone), a former member of the local Boston group ...
|years active||1989 in music|
|music genre|| Alternative rock|
|current members|| Mark Sandman|
Billy Conway (1993-1999)
Jerome Deupree (1989-1993;1998-1999)