Taking a cue from their rock brethren Van Halen, who taught us that
the loss of a front man (or two) doesn't necessarily spell the end of a band,
the four remaining members of 10,000 Maniacs have rebounded from the 1993
departure of school-marmish singer Natalie Merchant.
They've found her
Following the departure of the highly sensitive Merchant, who
quit the band to pursue a solo career, band members Robert Buck (guitar),
Dennis Drew (keyboards), Steven Gustafson (bass) and Jerome Augustyniak (drums)
set out in search of a new lead singer and didn't have to look far to find Mary
Ramsey. Ramsey played viola, violin and sang back-up on the Maniacs' last two
albums, Our Time in Eden and MTV Unplugged.
In addition to
Ramsey, original member John Lombardo has re-joined the group for their new
album, Love Among the Ruins (June 17), produced by John Keane (R.E.M.,
Indigo Girls) and Fred Haher (Lou Reed, Lloyd Cole).