The band's earliest albums were noted for their noise rock influences, though their sound evolved by the early s with the releases of Misery is a Butterfly and 23 , which both incorporated elements of dream pop , shoegaze and other genres. After earning Bachelor's degrees , they entered the New York City underground music scene. Blonde Redhead formed in New York in after Amedeo and Simone met Kazu Makino, an art student at the time, by chance at a local Italian restaurant. Blonde Redhead's self-titled debut album was released in Yasuda played on the band's second album La Mia Vita Violenta also released in
They were associated with the late s New York no wave scene, and were featured on the compilation No New York. Cervenka and Stevenson left after hearing this. Lindsay and Crutchfield hastily recruited Ikue Mori —who at the time had little command of English and no musical experience—to be DNA's drummer. Within their first year, they had cemented their reputation as a paradigmatic no wave band when Brian Eno selected them as one of the four groups documented on the No New York LP, the first recording to expose no wave groups to an audience outside of lower Manhattan. As Wright played bass guitar and not keyboards, and was the only member of the band to have any conventional instrumental technique, the change in DNA's sound was dramatic. The music became even more spare and angular, with Wright's bass lines creating a sometimes menacing sound to support Lindsay's scraping, atonal guitar and Mori's irregular rhythms. Their song structures became tighter, briefer, more abstract, and have been compared to haiku.