Butterglory formed in 1992 when guitarist Matt Suggs and drummer Debby Vander Wall joined forces in California. The couple soon moved to Kansas, where they continued to record their enthusiastic lo-fi pop/rock. Their demo tape quickly caught the attention of Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk and Merge Records. Soon after, Merge released the band's self-titled debut EP. The band went on to release two more EPs on Merge, as well as a single on Oregon's Little Brother Records. In 1994, Merge released the band's debut full-length, Crumble. The duo instantly turned heads with Suggs' quick turns of phrase and colorful guitar work, in addition to Vander Wall's exuberant vocals and steady drumming. Songs like "Waiting on the Guns" and "The Skills of the Star Pilot" gained attention on American college radio. The duo's early EPs were compiled on 1995's Downed CD. Bassist Stephen Naron joined the fold on 1996's Are You Building a Temple in Heaven? LP. With their sophomore disc, the band began recording with Dave Trumfio of the Pulsars. On the strength of the single "She's Got the Akshun!" the band toured extensively with Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Wedding Present. The Rat Tat Tat LP appeared in 1997, with Ranjit Arab joining the group on guitar. It turned out to be the band's swan song. Suggs reappeared in 2000, releasing his solo debut, Golden Days Before They End, on Merge.
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