Heather Jensen met guitarist Serena Haaseth in the summer of 1989 in Mesa, Arizona. Serena had been looking to form a band, so she convinced Heather to play and even gave her a Bass on which to learn. Not long after this, Heather happened to strike up a friendship with another local musician named Todd Osborn. She explained about Serena wanting her to play and asked if he would help her learn Bass. He taught her some easy songs like "Wild Thing" and 'Louie Louie' (they're both the same song really!), and over the next couple of weeks she practiced until she could play them in her sleep. After a brief apprenticeship, Heather jumped right in writing her own songs, matching up her brilliant lyric poems with amazingly inventive Bass parts. She was coming up with fluid, extremely rhythmic Bass lines, often in unusual time signatures, after only playing for a month or so. She would show them to Todd and he collaborated to flesh out the arrangements with guitar chords and vocal melodies. Finding out that Todd played drums too, Heather and Serena asked if he would join them. They began rehearsing a set of songs in October. During discussions of what to call the group, which included names like The Obsessives and The Art-Officials, Heather's sister Kelly suggested Adulterous Woman, after the short story by Albert Camus. The band's first gig was just months later in February 1990, opening for Todd's former band, Fine Science, who were just calling it quits. Playing mostly Serena's original songs (as she was the singer), the band continued playing local gigs for about a year and a half. Within that time many 4-track demos had been recorded, but the band had not yet become serious enough to make it outside the greater Phoenix area. Heather and Todd began feeling that Serena wasn't committing enough to the future of the band, and after several arguments at practices, she left the band in the summer of 1991. By this time Heather and Todd had become a very tight rhythm section and writing team, and they both wanted to continue with the band. They immediately started looking to replace Serena. Through an ad in the local city paper they found Natalie Wood, a then 17 year old guitarist from Scottsdale, who was enthused at the prospect of playing in a band that seemed to share her fanaticism for the music of Throwing Muses. The Muses were the biggest influence on the songs that Heather and Todd had been writing together. The band started rehearsing and writing new songs and within a few months, after demo-ing some of them, decided to go in to a studio to record. The result was a 4-song tape they released in late 1991 called "Camping in Anger". They also set to booking their first tour, a couple of weeks in the Northwest US. They played dates in California and Oregon, and then in Tucson on the way back home. Trying to keep a momentum, they booked another tour 6 months or so later playing many of the same spots. Back at home they hosted a series of well attended all-ages shows in late 1992 at a local Mesa club called Hollywood Alley. One in particular, a themed show called "Burn Your Barbie", got lots of local press in advance and had a crowd of about 200 people, even though it was a Sunday night and none of the bands featured had a large regular draw. Excited by this local success, the band worked on recording some newer material, which resulted in a 4 song tape called "Salon". Although they never got to release it, these songs were their strongest yet and landed them a small East Coast tour, with a showcase for Bar None Records as the main gig. Adulterous Woman's tour in early 1993 was filled with stress and bad turns of events. Bar None Records was luke warm to their showcase set, mostly because it was performed in a dilapidated studio with a hideous sound system (the studio had been robbed a week or so before). CBGB's cancelled AW's New York show at the last minute, and in Boston the rented band van got towed the night before they left. Even though that show, at the famed (but now closed) Rathskellar, was AW's best show of the tour, they returned home with an increasingly tense and reserved young guitarist. Depressed about the way the East Coast Tour had gone, Natalie never quite got back in to the spirit of the group, and finally left in Fall 1993, after a failed attempt by the band to add a new member over the summer. It was an idea they hoped would revitalize the band, and especially it's fairly lacking stage presence. They had tried to work in a second guitarist who would also sing back-up vocals. But to no avail, after rehearsing for a few months Natalie quit, citing, among other reasons, her mounting frustration at how long it was taking to find success. Heather and Todd decided soon after not to pursue the band any further as their sound had become very particular to the chemistry of the 3 members. There were more issues to Natalie's departure than this brief history can provide. The break-up was actually covered in an article in Alarm Clock, a fanZine out of Michigan. The interviews had been done prior to the break-up, and the author of the article was informed about the demise of the group just before it went to press. He got both viewpoints (Natalie's vs Heather's/Todd's) in a final interview and printed the story as a kind of Zine scoop! The recorded legacy of Adulterous Woman shows the group to have been full of promise both as musicians and as songwriters. In the end, the band just failed to find it's niche.
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