Saturday, October 3, 2009

That's barf rock, and...one day, they just sort of started going...And that was Stomach Pump.

 Sitting on the edge, bettween The Thrown Ups and My Eye related bands, here we have the first Stomach Pump post in the blogspots' history. Musically the band finds itself placed on the same page as The Thrown Ups, although it shares two of My Eye members. From the very first minute of their (only) single -Log Clench/Cake Hole- the band reminded me of the early swamp-punk australian acts, I'd say, the band is like a dry mix between The Scientists and Salamander Jim. Their music is accompanied by this unic voice, something you'll never find at a typical Seattle band(this "typical" line is really funny!!!). Conclusion: Another great, short-lived Seattle band. Therefor it was time for me to hit Google.

The investigation in finding a clue that would eventually lead me to a story began. I've searched ebay in hope of finding a cover of their single, looked for the band's gig posters, but nothing. Finally my search stoped here at this Leighton Beezer interview. But I still needed more of the band's info. So...the only thing left for me to do was getting in touch with one of the band's member. Who would tell the story better than the founder? That's right, I've contacted Leighton to ask him a set of questions about one of Seattle's mysterious bands and he was really kind and accepted.

1.Why did The Thrown Ups split up and when did you formed Stomach Pump?
Mudhoney was taking a lot of Mark and Steve’s attention, so I kicked them out of the band. Stomach Pump formed right afterwards and actually picked up an abandoned Thrown Ups show for our first show.

2.How did you recruit Max Godsil and Duff Drew from My Eye?
I used to hang around a lot with My Eye, and Max and Duffy were a really great rhythm section. I don’t recall the exact details, but basically I think I roped them into it.

3.What about JC, how did you recruit his as the singer and what happened to him afterwards?
JC was a Thrown Ups fan and we got to be friends. When the Thrown Ups broke up, he wanted to give it a try. I’ve found that for the style of music I play, singers are always the hardest to find and I will usually try to build a band around one if I find one. So once I realized JC had a gift for it, I decided to put a band together. He is a talk radio jockey today living in Austin , Texas and goes by the name Jack Blood.

4.Who came up with the band's name and why Stomach Pump?
I think it was me, but I’m not sure. It kinda stuck without a lot of thought. But in retrospect, it was an appropriate name for a follow up to the Thrown Ups. Once you’re done throwing up, you can only get more through mechanical intervention.

5.The band sounds to me like early Australian punk acts, would you regard them as influence?
Not a huge influence, but we were certainly aware of and admired bands like The Scientists, and Lubricated Goat and that ilk. Not too shocking if it sounds like we were wallowing in the same swamps.

6.Was Stomach Pump based on the same improvising idea as The Thrown Ups?
Yes, absolutely.

7.What can you tell me about the shows, who did you share bills with?
We didn’t share too many bills ... we were kind of a scene unto ourselves. We played a lot of warehouse parties and things like that. I remember one show where we were opening for another band and we kept mispronouncing their name just to bug them. I also remember doing a show where Stephanie Sargent from 7 Year Bitch performed with us. I think she ended up making fun of me the whole time and I didn’t realize it until later. My favorite show was at a place right off of Hollywood and Vine in LA, which was reputed to be Bruce Lee’s dojo ... musically, it wasn’t a great show, but it was a lot of fun. The room was designed to amplify sound, so Bruce could speak softly and be heard by a crowd of a couple hundred people, so we set up where the speaker is supposed to stand for maximum acoustic amplification and proceeded to blast everyone out the back of the room – it was painfully loud for the audience. A woman came up to JC and complained about the volume and JC pulled a switchblade out of his pocket and told her to shut up. Lots of fun!

8.Was the Log Clench/Cake Hole Single the only band's release?
Yes. We did put together some informal cassettes if that counts. One was called "The Caucasian Album" and another was just referred to as the "Be a Dick" session. Both were pretty good, but I don’t know where to find copies since I haven’t had a cassette player in years. I’d love to hear them again if anyone else is able to track them down for you.

9.Where did you record your single and who was the producer?
I remember the place, but I don’t remember the producer. It was in a basement studio in Seattle ’s Belltown neighborhood. It was a great place and I think we got a cheap rate because it was new or something. I remember the singer from Coffin Break hanging out, but I don’t think he was the producer?

10.Why did the band breake up?
I don’t remember exactly ... people kept moving in and out of Seattle . JC and Max both moved to LA at different times. There were a few gaps while people were out of town, then I guess the last gap just hasn’t ended yet – JC and Max are still living in different cities and I just moved to NY. Eventually, I started playing with another improv band called El Grande Conquistador (http://johnbeezer.com/music/egc.html). Now that I’ve left Seattle I’ve got a new band in NYC but we’re still going through line-up changes, etc. so we don’t even have a name yet.

11.Could you tell us something about your future projects?
I’m pretty psyched about the new band here in NY. The singer/keyboard player is named Jason Dennie and the drummer is named Jerod Allen. We just lost our guitar player since he moved a couple hours away and started going to night school. I’m also recording a lot of solo pieces just for my own amusement ... some of those are on my MySpace page: myspace.com/johnleightonbeezer

Again...any of you who own The Caucasian Album or Be a Dick Session, please contact me at myhairsprayqueen@yahoo.com

Now that we've got another case solved, enjoy:

Log Clench
Cake Hole

5 comments:

Jack Blood said...

Great to see a story about "Stomach Pump" - To be honest, I haven't thought about them in years.

A few added points to "Seighton" Beezer's interview.

*The band first played at The Firehouse in Ballard (my hometown) as "Picasso Road" which was another incarnation of my solo work. (can't blame Seighton for not remembering - he tends to be very - uh... "relaxed")

The two songs I remember from that gig were "Nice shoes too bad about your face" (dedicated to the doorman) and "Einstein's Brain" which was shot on 16mm black and white film, and became one the top 10 video's in Seattle history (what was that famous TV music show? Bomb Shelter?) We did Spud Goodman's show too. (Nancy Reagan smegma Dance)

* Our first official recording was at Reciprocal and was engineered by Jack Endino. We did maybe two more sessions with Endino who as most people know recorded Nirvana's "Bleach" etc...

* Played some gigs under other names too (Harry Gothic JR) opened a huge show for The Bevis Frond, Green Pajama's etc..REALLY FUNNY show. (Our guest list was a who's who of the 90's Seattle Scene) It Was the last show.

The best gigs were one's I forgot the location of... But I remember a gig with Helios Creed, and another in front of Seattle Royalty on Eastlake, where we fucked with James Birdyshaw from Catbutt pretty good. I pissed everyone off by wearing LA Poser red vinal chaps, and covering "I put a spell on You" which ended in me Kicking a girl in the tits for throwing a beer on me. (They weren't in on the joke, and the audience never was...)

* I still have the Cock Asian Album which was on tape. Along with a few hundred unreleased songs. (They got better with age IMO)

* The World of Bruce Lee show had some semi famous drummer (From Clutch I think?) sitting for Duff.
(no one would loan him drums so we made a kit out of garbage cans etc...) and Motorhead shared the bill. I think they failed to show?
Chris Holmes from WASP was one of our roadies...lol. The chick I pulled the knife on was a celeb security employee of "Psycho - Bitches"

* We were supposed to do a record to be produced by Steve Albini (In Utero) from Big Black, and had a set at Lollapalooa - both canceled probably cause I was a fuck up.
Almost signed by Sub-Pop etc.. but again we were just too hated by most to really catch on. When Stephanie Sargent died after leaving my house one night - I got blamed (Ward from the Refuzers took her home) We were to open for 7 year bitch that week. That was pretty much the end for the band in Seattle. (Miss ya Steph!!!!!!! The last words she said to me were, "If I died now I would be OK with it" - They had just made it big. All her dreams had come true. Life is fucking cruel man!)

* Stomach Pump did MANY big Seattle Radio shows, including some on KCMU, and one on a big FM station "Hometown Heroes" (I wore big fake rubber tits, and the DJ was blind. We had some stripper talent with us, they "danced" at most the shows, and the Blind DJ was feeling us all up...Ha ha.. ) We also mercilessly taunted Chris Cornell from Soundgarden (who I was in a band with when he was 16 in his Mom's garage...lol he fired me.) We also played a "Zipgun" single and said it was Stomach Pump... It was their Big Hit - BUT it was a Stomach Pump cover tune -

F Them to this day for getting farther with my music than I did!!! We never got a cent from that either!

* Stomach Pump has at least one more show and one more session in them. Max? Seighton? I think Austin or Seattle could be the place.

* When I get around to it I will upload the unheard music to the web.

Thanks again,

Jack (JC) Blood
www.deadlinelive.info

JCX9 said...

STOMACH PUMP REUNION SHOW: Hi Ho Lounge Benefit Nov 13th 2011, New Orleans.

New music / profile uploaded at:
www.myspace.com/TheeStomachPump

You guys had a part in making this happen. Due in part to your article - we remembered the band once existed.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25th 2011
Contact: jackblood@hotmail.com
RE: Available for ALL Press interviews (Seattle Grunge scene 20 years after / The return)


THE RETURN OF “STOMACH PUMP”

The most infamous and sick Seattle noise grunge band you never heard of is BACK.

'We were 20 years ahead of our time so we thought it would be good to reform (RETURN) and unleash our sounds to the world” said JCX9, singer of the immortal band. “You couldn't kill us, we couldn't kill us” added Max God, bassist. “We were a gag band... We literally made people throw up in their mouths”, added Duff Drew, Drummer.

Formed in the late 1980's in Seattle from the ashes of historic bands such as 'The Thrown Ups” and “My Eye” Stomach Pump first recorded with legendary Sub Pop Producer Jack Endino.
This recording resulted in the band's first hit “Einstein's Brain”, of which the 16mm B/W video was voted Top 10 best videos of all time on the cable show “Bomb Shelter Videos”. About 50 more songs were recorded with Mr Endino in 3 total sessions. Legend has it that Stomach Pump has over 1000 recorded songs. A highly collectible single was put out by “Penultimate Records” titled: Log Clench.
Band Bio and a sample of songs can be found at www.myspace.com/TheeStomachPump

Stomach Pump IS:

JCX9 – Front, Vocals
Seighton Beezer – Guitars, Hammers
Max God – Bass, Keys, Holes
Duff Drew – Drums, Cymbals, Cow Bell

Guitarist “Seighton” can be seen in several documentaries about the Seattle Grunge Scene, Including the film “HYPE!” and various new 20 year anniversary specials on the 20 years since Nirvana's “Nevermind”.

Famous Quotes about Stomach Pump:

" The Only band worse than Flipper " - Jim Norris (RIP) Crisis Party Bassist
"The Punk version of Spinal Tap" - Kurt Cobain (RIP) Nirvana
"JCX9 Taught us everything we know" - Lux Interior (RIP) The Cramps
"Every song they recorded was a one take Hit!" - Jack Endino - Producer
"Stomach Pump INVENTED the genre' of Slop Pop" - Unknown
'I Fucking hated that band" - Chris Cornell - Soundgarden


The alleged last show featuring Stomach Pump was Opening for “The Bevis Frond” and “Green Pajamas” in Seattle UNTIL NOW!

The original line up has reformed to play a reunion show in New Orleans at the The Hi Ho Lounge on November 13, 2011. The event will also serve as a benefit for several friends that lost their home in a fire recently. This is planned as a ONE SHOW ONLY for the band, who are flying in from NYC, LA. Seattle, and Austin TX.

Members of the band are available for interviews, and quid pro quo for publicity to promote the NOLA Show. Can discuss the Seattle rock scene, para politics, and the state of art today.

Dan said...

So cool! Can't wait to watch/hear the videos/recordings. Please keep me posted. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cool

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