is a post-grunge
band from Sacramento, California
, USA. Its name is derived from the poisonous wildflower oleander
, which line the highways of Northern California
. In their nine years of activity, the band released four studio albums
under various record labels
. Their most successful effort, 1999's February Son
, includes the hit single "Why I'm Here
." Oleander went on official hiatus after the release and promotion of their fourth album, Joyride
, in 2004. As of 2008, the group has reunited and is working on material for a new album.
In 1989, singer and guitarist Thomas Flowers met bassist Doug Eldridge; both of whom were employees of a Sacramento
eatery. They played with several local bands together before meeting guitarist Ric Ivanisevich who joined them in a rehearsal. Chuck Combs the original drummer left, leaving the position to Fred Nelson Jr, a co-worker of Flowers' and Eldridge's.Stone, Adrianne Rolling Stone
(February 24, 1999). Retrieved on 5-12-09. The quartet formed Oleander in 1995 and soon released an eponymous EP
on the indie label
Fine Records. This would be followed by a full-length album
, Shrinking the Blob
, in 1997.
The band then gave their CD to a friend who worked at 98-Rock KRXQ
who began playing two of their songs on air. The track "Down When I'm Loaded" gradually became a regional hit, and after opening for Sugar Ray
, Oleander was approached by a representative of Republic......