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The best kept secret in music


"Shake your ass"

...Their catchy, pounding, defiant, neurotic performance will make you want to shake your ass--believe me, take it from this ass."
- Jet, KUSF 90.3 FM, San Francisco


"Recliner play a contagious, danceable rock ala the Pixies, Cheap Trick and Social Distortion." -


"(Recliner's) Tranquilizer sounds like the Pixies on steroids, with a little coffee." - Insomnia Radio (.net)

"Airborne infectious"

"Recliner's sense of energy and off-kilter sense of humor are airborne infectious. Recliner is to music what Viagra is to--well, you get the idea."
- Score Music Magazine


"It's kind of unavoidable to like Recliner because the tracks are just so catchy."
- Left Off The Dial (.com)


Tranquilizer - 2006
"Float Away" Video featured on

Make A Friend - 2005
"All Pleasure" Video featured on Fuse TV
"Making a Friend" Video featured on

Recliner EP - 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


Recliner are Ward Evans, George George Carney, (too much soul for just one name) Kevin Seidel and John Benson. They began playing together in the summer of 2003. The four members met at a self-defense course taught by their friend and sometimes spiritual leader Greg Jones. Discovering their mutual love of mosh pits, tequila, and uh, spirtual stuff(?), they picked up some instruments lying about, and Recliner was born.

Within a few months, they'd conveived, played and produced their self-titled EP (released Fall 2003 on their own Poison Pen Records). The EP was met with high praise by their families, and subsequently critics and fans alike. Select tracks received airplay across the country, and as far away as Chile and Japan.

With the noise still swirling 'round in their heads, they headed back into the studio within a few months. This time, it was John Vanderslice's legendary Tiny Telephone Studios. The resulting Make a Friend release found the band more focused and dynamic than ever. Foregoing any use of Pro-Tools, the band records all analog to capture that warm live sound.

Appearances | Abroad

The band soon found itself touring behind their CD in far off lands. Places like Davis, California and Tokyo, Japan. You can check out some photos from that trip in the photos section. The band has been just as busy on stages around San Francisco, including Bimbo's 365 Club, The Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, Hemlock Tavern, Thee Parkside, and Make Out Room among others .


After road-testing a batch of new songs, the band was soon itching to get back into the studio. It was another frantic paced week in the studio, recording and mixing 13 tunes into all hours of the morning. It's a looser and tighter affair, depending on which song you're listening to. It's also one of the darkest records the band has written to date, with a couple patches of sunshine interspersed.


The band has found itself in good company, with two self-produced videos finding their way onto several suprising venues. 'All Pleasure' played alongside bands like The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie on Fuse TV's indie show, The Dive, while 'Making a Friend' could be found alongside a host of other bands on sites such as and The band has also found itself appearing alongside the likes of Terrell Owens and Barry Bonds on both the recently released ESPN MLB 2k5 and the platinum-selling ESPN NFL 2k5.

Recliner's music has been included on 3 MTV programs, Made, Meet the Barkers, and Trailer Fabulous. They have appeared as the featured artist on millions of digital jukeboxes in bars and better drinking establishments, roller derby halls and pool halls across the country. They were also recently featured in the newsletter and website, as well as, (editors choice), Insomnia Radio (.net),, and others.