Cause & Effect
|Origin||Sacramento, California, United States|
|1990-present (on hiatus)|
Cause & Effect were formed in Sacramento, California, consisting of founding members vocalist/guitarist Rob Rowe and vocalist/keyboardist Sean Rowley. They originally released their debut in 1990 as a self-titled album on minor label Exile Records. C&E was subsequently picked up by BMG Music subsidiary, Zoo Entertainment, and a reworked version of their album was released in 1991 as Another Minute.
The re-released album spawned two top-ten dance singles, "What Do You See?" (number 8, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) and "You Think You Know Her" (number 9, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play). "You Think You Know Her" also peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, becoming C&E's most well-known song. The title track "Another Minute" was released as the third single and peaked at number 75 on the Hot 100 singles chart and number 31 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Just as the fortunes of the band looked promising, co-founding member Sean Rowley died on November 8, 1992 while on tour as the opening act for Information Society. Rowley died immediately at soundcheck for the tour's seventh show at The Glam Slam, a Twin Cities club opened in 1989 by musician/songwriter Prince in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The cause of death was reported as a result of heart failure brought on by a severe asthma attack. The group cancelled the remainder of their tour and returned home to Sacramento.
A period of contemplation and an invitation to the sold-out KROQ Acoustic Christmas Show followed, with the inclusion of the Rowe-penned acoustic song "Hollow" on a compilation by their record company, Zoo Entertainment. The song was dedicated to Rowley.
Afterwards, Rowe decided to continue the band's efforts with keyboardist Keith Milo and drummer Richard Shepherd. In 1994, the re-formed band released their second album, Trip, which was received with critical acclaim. The album spawned the single "It's Over Now", a number 7 hit on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and the band's fourth single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching number 67 in August 1994. Singles were also released for the songs "Alone" and "Inside Out", but both failed to make a dent in the charts.
After parent company BMG pulled funding and distribution, C&E's indie label Zoo Entertainment folded in 1995. Instead of searching for another major label deal, C&E decided to utilize alternative methods of distribution and simultaneously established their official online website and label, Liquefaction, in 1996. The band released their third album, Innermost Station, in 1997 (re-released in 1999). A digital single of "World Is Ours", containing two remixes was released via their website around this time. The release of the album coincided with the departure of drummer Richard Shepherd from the group.
Rowe and Milo released The Sunrise EP in 2003, which featured the single "Into the Light" which became the band's fifth single to chart in the Billboard Club Charts reaching the No. 20 spot in Summer 2004. "Into the Light" was released as a digital only iTunes single with seven club remixes (most notably by Dave Audé).
In breaking with tradition, Rowe and Milo released their fifth studio album Artificial Construct, as a three-part series to be released as individual EPs over the course of 2011. Artificial Construct Part One was released on June 6, 2010. Part Two was released July 8, 2011. As of November 2014, Part Three of Artificial Construct has yet to be released as the band is on hiatus while Rowe works on his side project, Whitewaits.
A message from the band on posted on its Facebook Page read: "C&E UPDATE: Dear friends, After a 20-year "monogamous" musical relationship, we've decided to shake things up a bit in 2013 and try something different. We're putting the release of AC3 on hold to focus on some exciting individual side projects. But don't worry, we still love each other and we definitely love you for your continued support - Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details! Cheers, Rob & Keith #Hiatus".