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Australian folk-pop} band the Triffids} was formed in Perth in 1980 by singer/songwriter David McComb}, his guitarist/violinist brother Robert}, and drummer Alsy MacDonald}; although chiefly influenced by the Velvet Underground}, McComb}'s songs also drew heavily on the stark desolation of his rural upbringing, incorporating elements of country} and blues} to paint haunting portraits of isolation and longing. Various members passed through the lineup during the Triffids}' early years, although the core trio remained intact throughout; shortly after the additions of Martyn Casey} and keyboardist Jill Birt}, the band recorded their 1983 debut, Treeless Plain}, for the Hot} label, followed a year later by the EP Raining Pleasure}. Heralding the arrival of steel guitarist Evil Graham Lee}, 1986's Born Sandy Devotional} was the Triffids}' creative breakthrough, and after recording the low-budget follow-up, In the Pines}, in a wool-shearing shed in the Australian outback, the group signed to major label Island} to issue their 1987 masterpiece Calenture}, their first recording with guitarist Adam Peters}. When commercial expectations for 1989's Stephen Street}-produced The Black Swan} weren't met, however, the Triffids} disbanded, with the live Stockholm} appearing posthumously the following year; David McComb} went on to work with the Blackeyed Susans} before mounting a solo career with 1994's Love of Will}. Three days after a car accident, McComb} died of unknown causes on February 2, 1999. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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