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Giant Sand performing in Faenza, Italy in 2006
Giant Sand performing in Faenza, Italy in 2006

Backgrounds:Group Or Band

Origin Place:Arizona · Tucson · USA

Years Active:1985 - Present

Categories:American Rock Music Groups · Arizona Musical Groups · Live Music Archive Artists · Rough Trade Records Artists · Taper-Friendly Musical Groups

Genres:Alternative Rock

Aliases:Giant Sandworms

Past Members:Rainer Ptacek

Associated Acts:Calexico

Giant Sand

Giant Sand is an American rock band, based in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

The name is shortened from the original Giant Sandworms, a reference to the creatures in the Dune books.

Overseen by singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, its membership has shifted over the years—at times with each album.

For a long while the band's rhythm section consisted of John Convertino and Joey Burns who left the band when their side project, Calexico, grew more widely known than Giant Sand and, as Gelb characterized it in 2004, Calexico "began to work against Giant Sand and eat away at what the band was".

Other members have included keyboardist Chris Cacavas (of Green on Red), bassist Paula Jean Brown and drummer Tom Larkins Guest artists have included Victoria Williams, Neko Case, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Steve Wynn, Vicki Peterson, Rainer Ptacek, M.

Ward, Isobel Campbell nearly all members of the band Poi Dog Pondering, and regular cameos from Gelb and Brown's daughter, Indiosa Patsy Jean.

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