by The Sun Sawed in 1/2



This was the Sun Sawed in 1/2's final album, or so they thought. After guitarist and songwriter, Tim Rose moved to Europe in 1998, it spelled the end of an era. His first country was Ukraine, where he was the creative director at Bates advertising. There he wrote the majority of Bewilderbeest and even recorded four tracks with local Ukrainian musicians. Returning the States in 1999, the band got back together to record Bewilderbeest. In 2008 after the Fizzy Lift touring was over, drummer Matt Martin left the group to move to Colorado. This was what made Tim Rose decide to end the group and move to Europe. But, the Sun went on with new drummer Mike Ramsey and keyboardist Mike Clement and guitarist, singer Ken Kase. They played briefly after Tim left and called it quits in early 1998. After Tim returned, he contacted Matt in Colorado and flew him back to St. Louis to do a final Sun album. There were no tours for Bewilderbeest as Tim moved in late 1999 to Italy (where he spent the next four years writing his solo album "Fresh Mowed Lawn." Bewilderbeest marks a key moment in time for a band still with things to say but too much space between them. The Sun didn't get back together until 2005 when they played an International Pop Overthrow show in Boston (where Tim Rose had moved after his stints in Italy and Austria). For the next three years the Sun played one off shows until finally in 2009 Tim and Doug started to talk seriously about putting out another Sun album. That then became their release "Elephants into Swans."


released May 1, 2000

Il Sole sono:

Doug Bobenhouse / lead & backing vocals, guitar, keyboards

Ken Kase / backing vocals, lead vocals on Song No.11 and Still Rain, guitars, bass, percussion, piano

Tim Rose / guitars

Ken Rose / bass, backing vocals

Matt Martin / drums and percussion


Dave Farver / saxamaphones

John Holt / keyboards

Mike Clement / keyboards

Brandy Johnson / vocal on The Beholder & His Eye

Anatoliy Zadvorniy / contrabass, pan flute

Vitali Pantso / cymbalos, fife

Igor Kyryliouk / violin

Igor Saik / accordion

Julie Mueller / backing vocals

All songs by Tim Rose ©1998 Timco Arts Ltd. except Song No. 11 by Ken Kase. The Beholder and His Eye/ Still Rain music by Tim Rose and Ken Kase, lyrics by Tim Rose. Recorded and Mixed in St. Louis April-October 1999 at 4 Seasons Media Productions by Jay Ryan (engineer) and Scott Good (assistant engineer) & Smith-Lee Productions by Steve Higdon (engineer). Mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind, Milwaukee. Tracks 3,4,11,14 recorded March 1999 by A. Gerasimenko / A. Golovsak at Gera studios, Kyiv, Ukraine. and mixed at Keywood Productions St. Louis. Music arranged by The Sun. CD Graphics by Tim Rose.



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The Sun Sawed in 1/2 Saint Louis, Missouri

The neo-psychedelic pop outfit the Sun Sawed in 1/2 was formed in St. Louis in 1990 by bassist Ken Rose and his guitarist brother Tim; filling their roster with singer Doug Bobenhouse, Ken Kase and Matt Martin.

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