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Tristeza is a California-based band, with most members currently living in Oakland, CA.
4 out of 5 current members are the parents of 5 daughters, with one son expected in 2011.
The band has drifted in and out of the scene for over 13 years, with their roots still firmly-planted in the underground.
Although the group formed in San Diego during 1997, no current members reside there.
The original line up was: Christopher Sprague, Luis Hermosillo, James LaValle, James Lehner, and Stephen Swesey. This line-up recorded all material that was released through 2003, including the albums "Spine and Sensory(1999)" and "Dream Signals in Full Circles(2000)"
In January of 2003, Tristeza played its last concert with Jimmy Lavalle as a main member, but he has joined the band occasionally since then to fill in on guitar and additional keys.
During 2004, they enlisted guitarist Alison Ables and keyboardist Sean Ogilvie to begin writing songs for "A Colores(2005)". This line-up recorded all material that was released during 2005-2006.
At the the start of 2007, the core of Tristeza(Sprague, Lehner, and Hermosillo) with the assistance of Ogilvie, began collaborating with various musicians around the Bay Area, including Camaron Stephens on guitar, and released the scarce/disjointed/lo-fi "Fate Unfolds(2009)" mini album.
In 2010, Tristeza recorded their current album "Paisajes(2010)" with Tim Green who recorded the band's first album.
"Paisajes" features the band's current line-up: Christopher Sprague(guitar), Luis Hermosillo(bass), James Lehner(drums), Camaron Stephens(guitar), and Chris Hash(keys).
Tristeza's first release was the "Foreshadow" b/w "Smoke Through Glass" single.
It was recorded and mixed by Gar Wood in a garage in San Diego during December, 1997 in one afternoon.
The "Spine and Sensory" album was recorded at Tim Green's Louder Studios, a basement studio on the south side of San Francisco. It took one week to record and mix the album in the Autumn of 1998.
"Dream Signals in Full Circles" was recorded/produced in Chicago by Dave Trumfio at Kingsize Soundlabs during the Spring of 2000. The album was recorded and mixed in 10 days.
"A Colores" was recorded during 3 winter weeks of 2005 at Key Club Recording in Benton Harbor, MI by Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins. The album was mixed during the summer of 2005 by Alan Sanderson in San Diego.
"Paisajes" was recorded and mixed again at Louder Studios with Tim Green in the Winter and Spring of 2010. The band took a low-stress approach to this album. It took about 4 months to complete.
Tristeza's many other various ep's, singles, tour cd's, demos, etc. were mainly self-recorded by the band, as well by Matt Anderson, Alan Sanderson, Mike Hammel, and Pall Jenkins.