Formed in 1994 under the moniker Hovercraft, the band released a five song CD, "Been Brained," that same year on local indie label Noiseland Records. The band is "discovered" in 1995 by famed producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Hole, Morphine) and is signed to the MCA imprint Fort Apache.
Eddie Vedder's wife forms a band called Hovercraft and the group settles out of court with the Vedders for an undisclosed amount of cash. With the pending release of it's debut album, "Slip It Under The Door," the band changes its name to Shatterproof. Original drummer of Hovercraft, Steven Nelson, is let go and Jeff Jara is recruited to play in his place. Jon Hunt also joins the fold as lead guitarist/keyboardist/arranger. "Slip It" fails to generate sales and Shatterproof begins writing for its second album in earnest in winter 1996.
The band works on pre-production in Minneapolis with local producer Bryan Hanna (Hang-Ups, Papas Fritas) the following summer for its second release for Fort Apache/MCA. Kolderie is brought in for three weeks of work with Hanna in Boston as the band finishes the recordings. Typical of many situations with major labels, Shatterproof is asked to record more material at the urging of MCA ("don't hear a single...").
Conflicts arise between the Fort Apache label and MCA Records. Several bands are dropped from the roster, including Shatterproof. Unfortunately, Shatterproof is the only band not allowed to use material recorded under the MCA banner. Another major label offers to release the CD but goes bankrupt. The band breaks up in 1997 without ever releasing recordings for their second album.
Eleven years after it's conception Catlick Records is proud to announce the release of "Splinter Queen" - the lost recordings of Shatterproof. The CD contains all the original recordings from 1996, plus bonus tracks. The group is reforming for a release party at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on Thursday May 10th, 2007.
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