The Linus Pauling Quartet formed in 1994 by Steve Finley and Ramon Medina. They sought out Larry Liska and Clinton Heider to complete the line up. They released their first album ‘Immortal Chinese Classics Music’ independently in 1995. In 1996, they sign with September Gurls Records, who release all their albums until 2004’s ‘C6H8O6’.
In 2010 they release the album ‘Horns Of Ammon’ on Homeskool Records. It is followed in 2012 by ‘Bag Of Hammers’ and a music video – their first ever – for the song ‘Crom’. A 3 CD anthology of the band’s pre-Homeskool recordings, curated by Homeskool’s Bubba Hightower, marks the band’s 20th year in 2013.
In 2014, the band contributes a cover of Watching You Without Me to Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers for Reproductive Rights. They also contribute a cover of ‘She’ for a Kiss tribute album.
The album ‘C Is For Cthulhu’ is released in October 2014. It is followed in 2016 by the album ‘Ampalanche’. Near the end of the year, Clinton Heider announced his retirement from the band but committed himself to finish recording the band’s last opus ‘Jólaköttur’ which was planned for release as a split single with Italy’s Colt .38 on Vincebus Eruptum in the following year. It became the band’s last recording. They performed their final show on 28 January 2017.