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The Prom (band)

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Active from  1999
Genre  Alternative/Indie
Albums  In This Way They Found Me, Under the Same Stars, Saloon Song, Saloon Song EP
Record labels  Barsuk Records, Panther Fact Records
Similar  All‑Time Quarterback, Kind of Like Spitting, The Long Winters, Chris Walla, Mates of State

The Prom is a piano-driven indie band. Chris Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) has done mixing for The Prom (the 3-song EP Saloon Song) and they are on the Barsuk label which Death Cab For Cutie was with until 2005. The core of their sound is electric bass, piano and drums but their recordings sometimes also include organ, toy piano, synthesizer, guitar, violin, cello, flute, trumpet, and trumpet. The three members all contribute on vocals and on the organ.



The Prom was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1999 by James Mendenhall and David Broecker, who had previously played together in their home town of Omaha, Nebraska. Joel Brown, an audio engineer, was soon brought on to play drums.

Their debut album, In This Way They Found Me, was released on Portland, Oregon's Panther Fact Records in 2000. In 2001 they played west coast shows with Rainer Maria, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Bright Eyes. After releasing Saloon Song on Barsuk, they played a 2001 national tour with Death Cab. The trio's second record, Under The Same Stars, was released in 2002 and prompted comparisons to Elton John, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Black Heart Procession.


  • James Mendenhall - vocals, piano, organ, guitar, toy piano, and synthesizer
  • Joel Brown - vocals, drums, organ, and tambourine
  • David Broecker - vocals, bass, organ, and shaker
  • Discography

  • (2001) In This Way They Found Me (Panther Fact Records)
  • (2001) Saloon Song (Barsuk)
  • (2002) Under The Same Stars (Barsuk)
  • Songs

    The City Get LonelyUnder the Same Stars · 2002
    'Under the Same Stars'Under the Same Stars · 2002
    It's Not My FaultUnder the Same Stars · 2002


    The Prom (band) Wikipedia

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