Monday, May 25, 2009

An 100% punk rock split/single or a double post

Here's a hot punk single that has to be shared with my readers. An out of print split/single with two MRR bands, so we'll have a different post today...a double post. Well in case you didn't know, MRR stands for Maximumrocknroll, and here's the whole story (that involves radio shows and fanzines). Back to Seattle those two bands (you already met one of them three post ago) are Derelicts and Zipgun.

The Derelicts formed, I guess, around '86. The band members were Duane Bodenheimer on vocals, Neil Rogers on guitar, Ian Dunsmore on bass and Rick Bilotti on drums. They played this drinking-problem punk with really overdriven dirty guitars. Proudly they came up before grunge and lasted a little bit through the 90s, I think they disolved in '93...basically their last record was this split/single that came out in '92, so...

For me, Derelict seems to be the band that defined Empty Record in a way that it definitely fits the profile of other bands signed there. Friends of mine classified them as hardcore punk, and often put them together with a class of bands that included Brotherhood, Jesters of Chaos, The Accused...I mean ...The Accused!!!....come on, that's trash as hell. Anyway I've never heard the original My Dad's A Fucking Alcoholic, but I'm pretty sure I haven’t missed much. Here's everything that Derelicts ever released: Bullet for Fifi 7" (1989, Penultimate Records),Time to Fuck Up 7" (1990, Empty Records US) Misery Maker 7" (1990, Sub Pop & Glitterhouse), Love Machine LP (1990, Penultimate Records) Beir, Beir, Beir LP (1990, Musical Tragedies), Derelicts/ Zipgun split 7" (1991, Broken Rekids, re-released in 1992 by Empty Records),Going Out of Style 1986-1990 CD (1994, Empty Records), and they were featured on the following compilations:Another Damned Seattle Compilation, Bobbing For Pavement, The Estrus Half-Rack , Puget Power.

Cold, funny and sometimes drunk-depressing punk, Zipgun was formed in '91 by Derelicts, guitarist Neil Rogers and singer Robbe Clarke. The full membership also included Mark Wooten on bass and Dan Cunneen on drum. It looks like they’ve initially set up on the name Smash, but they’ve immediately changed it, when Zipgun was suggested.

They were signed at Emty Records were they’ve released almost every material. Before you see the list, you need to know that their Lp 8 Track Player was recorded by the godfather of grunge, namely Jack Endino. Following the band history they disbanded in '94, their last line up featured Ian from Derelicts on bass. They did a/some reunion show/s and they were even featured on Hype! Post-Zipgun...whell Robbe Clarke sang in Against Medical Advise, and eventually formed RC5 and Neil and Ian formed Glazed, and I’ll end this with the release list:10 Seven Inch(1991, Empty Records), Together Dumb/Cool in the Cell 7"(1992, Empty Records), Zipgun/Derelicts Split 7"(1992,Empty Records), 8 Track Player LP/CD(1992,Empty Records),The End/Nothing Cures 7"(1992, Musical Tragedies), I Can't Wait/Tight Black Pants 7"(1993,Thrill Jockey Records), Baltimore LP/CD(1994, Empty Records).


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It sounds like Grunge.It's not from Seattle.It's God's Acre!

Here's one obscurity I've been planning to post for a long time....God's Acre.The band made me a hell of a good impression with their song Wood featured on Teriyaki Asthma vol I-V. They sounded like a pure Seattle grunge band (even more after I listened to their first single) and I was a little bit confused to find out that they were actually from Chicago.So...let's check out their story!

God's Acre was started by Peter Houpt in '86 after his band Women In Love disbanded. It looks like he was asked to participate on a compilation released by WNUR in Chicago. He didn't have any band at the moment so with the help of a drum machine, Half A Boy's Life song ended up on Hog Butcher For The World compilation along with bands such as Big Black, End Result, Material Issue, Bloodsport and The Garden.Soon Peter asked Doug Mc Combs from Eleventh Dream Day to fill in for the bass until he found a full time bass player, and he was also joined by Johnny Hearndon from Precious Wax Drippings on drums, but after a few shows he left and Brian St. Clair took his place.Soon after that, Doug also left and Mark Blade replace him as the full time bass player.

The trio recorded a cassette tape,13 Gospel Greats, but only 2 of the songs made it on vinyl. The release was called My Real Cool Time" b/w "She a 7"single that came out in 1988. At short time after, Brian left to join Rights Of The Accused, Craig Bradford filled in for a very short period and finally was replace by Brendan Burke of King Vitamin in '89. In 1990 they released their debut full length album Ten Gospel Greats on Wax Trax Records. Along the years they opened for bands such as NoMeansNo, Eleventh Dream Day, Frightwig, Precious Wax Drippings, Das Damen, and even for that famous Seattle grunge band(in 1990 at the Metro in Chicago) know what band. They released Baby in '92, a mini album, and after that I think they disbanded.

Here's a couple of tracks to keep you busy until next week.Enjoy...

from My Real Cool Time" b/w "She 7''
from Teriyaki Asthma vol I-V
Wood(also included on Ten Gospel Greats)

from Ten Gospel Greats