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The 1979 Seiche Demo

by Seiche

Seiche proves that GRUNGE and DARK music really came from Chicago, Illinois, not Seattle. And 12 years before there ever was Nirvana.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In The Calm Of Your Eye
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2. Evidently Me
5:30 $0.99
3. Islands
8:10 $0.99
4. Dissonant Toys
6:16 $0.99
5. The Maze
3:08 $0.99
6. Medicine Man
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7. Good Mourning
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Update 8/31/14: This CDR has recently been re-mastered to optimize sound quality, loudness and stereo image.

Who ever said that Grunge and Dark music was an invention of Seattle? Chicago based “Seiche” basically started the sound that became the hallmark of Nirvana, but 12 years before there was such a band.

This Seiche CDR is recorded from the very rare vinyl album that has become a collector's item especially in Europe. There were only 100 vinyl copies pressed in 1979. The remaining original vinyl LPs have ended up in the hands of collectors. Some collectors are selling them for as much as $1300.00 each! This CDR was recorded from the original vinyl LP


The simple definition of a seiche is: a small tidal wave that occurs in a lake. Since the band SEICHE formed in Chicago right near Lake Michigan, they saw an opportunity to put that name to good use. Many SEICHE have
arrived and flooded out Lake Shore Drive. Chicago usually gets 2 to 3 per year.

The band originally began in the Summer of 1978 on the South side of Chicago near Marquette Park as the brainchild of Steve Zahradnik. Steve was heavily influenced by Robert Fripp & King Crimson and all past/present members like Ian McDonald, Bill Bruford, John Wetton, Greg Lake, Boz Burrell, Giles Bros., etc. Steve was also influenced by other bands such as The Doors, Pink Floyd, Genesis, UK, Yes, etc.

Steve hooked up with Tom Vess (bass player) who also shared the same influences. Tom was more of a Yes fan than anything. He could perfectly emulate Chris Squire with his fretless bass.

Audio engineer and good friend of Steve's, Joseph Klinger decided he was going to handle the management side of the band which included finance, bookings, production of an LP (record.)

"After a few months of practicing in the garage, we started auditioning drummers. We auditioned about 30 before we came across Marc Levinson. Marc was very unique in the way that he could emulate any style and any drummer.
Marc, however was very hard to get because he was playing a lot of private party gigs around the city that paid big money. Marc was a union musician with the AFM local 10-208 for several years at that point and both his father
and grandfather were prominent Chicago bandleaders, so Marc always had work."

"After we struck an agreement with Marc we began rehearsing our show and we became a complete band, Joseph had booked a slot for us to record our new LP at Heddin West Studios, Schaumburg, Illinois, the biggest and best studio in the Chicago area (now named Remmington Road Studios.") "We were very excited!"

Seiche played many venues around Chicago. "We opened our live show with "Larks Tongues In Aspic II" by King Crimson (Live USA LP version) and played other covers like "Watcher Of The Skies" &
"The Serpent" (Genesis) "Lament" (King Crimson) "Love Her Madly" (Doors) "Astronomy Domanie" & "Time" (Pink Floyd) as well as many other cover songs along with our originals."

"On the SEICHE LP we recorded 7 original songs all co-written by Steve, Tom & Marc, produced and engineered by Joseph and co-produced by Seiche." This LP was released in February 1979, only 10 months after SEICHE first began rehearsing. "We received a lot of College airplay from WNUR at Northwestern University." "They seemed to like "The Maze" the most." This one was like a Jeff Beck instrumental, but with Spanish acoustic guitar in the background.

Drummer Marc Levinson eventually left Seiche in 1980 to pursue other musical interests such as his own more progressive, pop oriented band Montage which consisted of Marc, his brother Eric Levinson on keyboards and bass, and the Swingshift Rhythm & Blues band, which consisted of a local College music professor and two ex-members of the South suburban band, “Midnight Express” AKA “Midnight.” Even before Marc left Seiche, the producer Joseph Klinger co-produced with Marc and Eric, the first Montage song, “Fusion Intrusion” at Subterranean Studio in Oak Forest, Illinois at the same time Seiche was working on a new demo of cover songs. Marc and Eric summoned their good friend, Ken Thornton who was only 16 at that time, to play the guitar parts for their first Montage song.

Eventually, Ken Thornton moved on from Montage to pursue recording school and was replaced with the great guitarist virtuoso, Eric Mantel on guitar. Montage - The Complete Collection is now available here on, This new release is the quintessential collection of some of Eric Mantel’s earliest works in collaboration with Montage. Marc and Eric Levinson back then, also started their new music production company, Levinsong Productions in Glenwood, Illinois.

In 1987 Marc Levinson from Seiche joined the Tammy Thomas Group on Playhouse Records and went on tour to support their two #1 top 60 dance chart hits, “It’s Getting Better” and “Do You Want Me.” The latter song (house version) was mixed by Jungle George.

Drummer Marc Levinson eventually left the Tammy Thomas Group in September 1988 and moved to Orange County, California where he established his new production company, Warp Drive Productions, and released his first solo album under the name "Marko Nadsworth" also available on,

Guitarist Steve Zahradnik stayed in Chicago and continues to perform, record and write music.

Bassist Tom Vess eventually ended up in Nova Scotia, Canada.



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Beautifully Remastered!
I bought this a year ago, and it sounded great. It is worth buying it again! the stereo imaging and the better equalization is well worth it!