is an electronic music
group, formed in Chicago in 1997 by Jay Rajeck and Kent Rayhill. The group is named after the Tandy TRS-80 personal computer
released in the 1970s.
Rajeck and Rayhill were two friends who had been writing music and performing in bands together since they were in high school. The two were drawn to electronic music in the mid-1990s due to its experimental nature and unconventional possibilities. They soon added Deb Schimmel to the mix and began a song writing frenzy that incorporated their wide variety of influences. Rajeck assembled the band's own recording studio at their rehearsal space, drawing upon his experience as an audio engineer
and the band composed many songs in the first few months. TRS-80 quickly caught the eye of local clubs and performed their first gig in 1998, opening for Death in Vegas
. The band's reputation began to grow beyond Chicago as they spent several weeks at number one on Epitonic.com with over 70,000 downloads.
Over the next two years, TRS-80 developed a solid performance reputation playing many shows at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. Some of the bands played with included Solex, Bedhead, Jim O' Rourke, Oval, Sonic Boom, and Laika among others. TRS-80 began to land bigger shows, opening for The Creatures to a sold out show at Chicago's premier live venue The Metro and The Sisters of Mercy
at the 2,500 seat Riviera Theater. During this time, TRS-80 self-released two albums, Radiograbadora
and Industry Needs......