March 18 2014 06:33 PM

Band will perform for the first time since 1996

Chinchilla
Chinchilla’s reunion coincides with Julie D.’s (left) 50th birthday.

For the first time in nearly 18 years, long-defunct San Diego indie rockers Chinchilla are playing together again.

The band, which broke up shortly after the release of their debut—and only full-length album—101 Italian Hits, will play their first shows together since 1996. Prior to a hometown show at The Casbah on April 26, they have shows lined up in Portland on April 18 and Seattle on April 19. 

In a phone interview, guitarist Julie D.—who now lives in Seattle—says the three-date West Coast tour has been in the works for a long time, planned as a kind of celebration for her 50th birthday.

The group's been rehearsing together since November and re-familiarizing themselves with their catalog.

"Thankfully, all of our stuff has been recorded," she says. "So, we can listen back and relearn everything."

Since the band's dissolution, drummer Morgan Doctor moved to Toronto and has continued performing in different capacities, with bands like The Cliks and Lights, and singer Siobhan has been performing in Echo Twin. Julie D. and bassist Krista Kansas haven't been playing music professionally lately, but Julie D. says that once they started rehearsing together again, it felt natural to get back into it.

"Playing together at practice made me realize how much I missed it," she says. "The type of magic we always felt playing together—we all felt that again. People who are fans of ours, I think they'll like it. We're into it."

The group will sell merch at the reunion shows, including some vinyl that was pressed while they were still together. And the band's complete discography is now available to download or stream at chinchilla1.bandcamp.com


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