The band will play three shows while in Austin Including their official SXSW showcase on Thursday, March 16 at Elysium, 705 Red River, Austin; the SX South Austin Showcase on Wednesday, March 15, 9 p.m. at Café Caffeine, 909 W. Mary St. in Austin; and the Pop Culture Press Party on Saturday, March 18, 3 p.m. – Dog & Duck, 406 W. 17th St. in Austin.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1979, the band relocated to San Francisco and were swiftly signed to Howie Klein's independent label, 415 Records (which became part of Columbia Records as soon as the band signed), on the strength of their demo version of "Everywhere That I'm Not," the song that would remain the band's signature tune.
Their debut album, Heartbeats and Triggers (415/Columbia 1982), produced by David Kahne, was a college-radio hit. The second album, 1983's No Time Like Now was also produced by Kahne and included the hit single “Un-Alone”. Their third album from 1985, simply titled Translator was helmed by Ramones producer Ed Stasium, as was their final album, Evening of the Harvest (1986). Everywhere That I’m Not —A Retrospective was released by Columbia in 1986. Two CD retrospectives were released, 1995’s Translation on Oglio Records and Everywhere That We Were — The Best of Translator by Sony/Legacy in 1996. In the mid-’90s they were paid the highest compliment when voracious Beatle fans alerted the world via the Internet and fanzines that the Fab Three had re-recorded a version of the Beatles instrumental "Cry For a Shadow" during the Anthology sessions. The tape was later found to be a track from a 1983 Translator EP!
All members of the band continue to play music in some form: Dave Scheff immediately joined Winter Hours for a brief spell and is currently the drummer in the house band at the world renowned San Francisco show Teatro Zinzanni , and Steve Barton released his first solo effort The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around The World in 2000 and his current 2005 CD, Charm Offensive.