Lungfish (band)

Lungfish is a post-hardcore band formed in 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland. All of their music has been released by the Washington, D.C. punk label Dischord except for their first LP.

Daniel Higgs
Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, United States
Experimental rock
Years active1988present
Simple Machines
Associated actsCone of Light
June of 44
The Pupils
Reptile House
The Sonora Pine
Tear Jerks
MembersDaniel Higgs
Asa Osborne
Mitchell Feldstein
Sean Meadows
Past membersJohn Chriest
Nathan Bell


As of 2005, Lungfish's lineup consisted of Daniel Higgs (vocals, occasional guitar), Asa Osborne (guitar), Sean Meadows (bass), and Mitchell Feldstein (drums). Two previous bass players were John Chriest and Nathan Bell.


Lungfish blend rock with repetitive krautrock-like rhythms[1] and repeated melodic motifs.[2]

Daniel Higgs sang in the 80s hardcore/punk band Reptile House and has released numerous solo works under his own name and also Cone of Light. He has recently made numerous solo performances, usually with the long-necked banjo and jaw harp (his recent albums document this as well: 2006's Ancestral Songs and 2007's Metempsychotic Melodies).[3] In 2011, Higgs also collaborated with Swedish band Skull Defekts on the album Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey). Since 2015, Higgs has released two full-length albums in Fountainsun, a duo with Fumie Ishii.

Asa Osborne has released a CD and 7" with Charles Brohawn of The Tinklers under the name Tear Jerks. Osborne also released an album on Dischord in 2002 with Daniel Higgs under the name The Pupils. In early 2008, the record label Holy Mountain announced a new solo project by Osborne called Zomes.[4]

Sean Meadows has played in numerous bands including June of 44, The Sonora Pine, and many lesser-known bands from the Chattanooga, Tennessee music scene.[5]

Mitchell Feldstein has published three volumes of prose/poetry: Hurl on Apathy Press, Teen Cardinal on Shattered Wig Press, and Even Change on Paradigm Publishing. He also played drums with Arbouretum.

Nathan Bell played bass on Kogumaza's Kолокол (2014), which featured the song "Ursids", which was used as a double-A-sided single with the band Hookworms. Bell has also worked with David Heumann from Arboureteum as Human Bell.



All of the albums have been released by the Washington, D.C. punk label Dischord, except for their first LP Necklace of Heads, which was released by Simple Machines (it was later added to the CD release of Talking Songs for Walking by Dischord).

  • Necklace of Heads (1990)
  • Talking Songs for Walking (1992)
  • Rainbows from Atoms (1993)
  • Pass and Stow (1994)
  • Sound in Time (1996)
  • Indivisible (1997)
  • Artificial Horizon (1998)
  • The Unanimous Hour (1999)
  • Necrophones (2000)
  • Love Is Love (2003)
  • Feral Hymns (2005)
  • A.C.R. 1999 (2012)

Singles and compilation appearances

  • 1990: "Nothing is Easy" on Simple Machines Records#1 "Wedge" 7", re-released on The Machines: Simple Machines 7"s (1990-1993) comp. (Simple Machines - SMR 19, 1994)[6]
  • 1990: "Nothing is Easy" (live version) on "Pre-Moon Syndrome Post Summer (of Noise) Celebration Week!"
  • 1993: "Abraham Lincoln" on Simple Machines Working Holiday#2 "Working Holiday Series" split 7" (with The Tinklers)
  • 1993: "Abraham Lincoln" on "The Machines Compilation CD"
  • 1993: "Abraham Lincoln" on "Echoes from the Nation's Capital (A Washington D.C. Compilation) 1"
  • 1994: "Abraham Lincoln" on Working Holiday! CD Compilation
  • 1995: 10 East 3-song 7"
  • 2002: "Friend to Friend In Endtime" on "Dischord 20th Anniversary Compilation"
  • 1998: Cone of Light (as Cone of Light)
  • 2002: The Pupils (as The Pupils with Asa Osborne)
  • 2005: Magic Alphabet
  • 2006: Plays the Mirror of the Apocalypse
  • 2006: Ancestral Songs
  • 2007: Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot (book & CD)
  • 2007: Metempsychotic Melodies
  • 2009: Devotional Songs of Daniel Higgs (cassette)
  • 2009: Hymnprovisations for Banjo by the (A.I.U) with Piano & Raindrops
  • 2010: Say God[7]
  • 2010: Clairaudience Fellowship (with Twig Harper)[8]
  • 2011: Peer Amid (with The Skull Defekts)
  • 2011: 2013-3012 (with The Skull Defekts)
  • 2011: Ultraterrestrial Harvest Hymns (cassette)
  • 2011: Beyond & Between
  • 2012: The Measure of Mystery (cassette)
  • 2013: The Godward Way
  • 2014: Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown (with The Skull Defekts)
  • 2014: Street Metal (with The Skull Defekts)

Zomes (Asa Osbourne + Hanna Olivegren)

  • 2007: Zomes
  • 2011: Earth Grid
  • 2013: Time Was
  • 2015: Near Unison
  • 2016: Who Shall Be the Sun
  • 2018: The First Stone


  1. Heller, Jason (June 30, 2016). "Lungfish - Sound in Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  2. Leitko, Aaron (July 1, 2011). "Lungfish - The Unanimous Hour". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. Daniel Higgs -
  4. Asa Osborne -
  5. Sean Meadows -
  6. Simple Machines: 1990-1993 (All-Music Guide)
  7. Daniel Higgs – “Hoofprints On The Ceiling Of Your Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-09-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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