Blonde Redhead's noisy, dissonant guitars, alternate tunings, and quiet, stilted lyrics have often been compared to early Sonic
Youth. After randomly meeting at an Italian restaurant in New York, Japanese art students Kazu Makino and Maki Takahashi and
Italian twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace formed the band in 1993. The name was taken from a song by the '80s no-wave
band DNA. With Makino and Amedeo on guitars and vocals, Simone on drums, and Takahashi on bass, the band's chaotic,
artistic rock caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, who produced and released the band's debut album,
Blonde Redhead, on his Smells Like Records label.