How Could I |
Wall O' Worry
Visionstain has been touring the country, pressing records, and playing
around town for around a decade now. These two tracks are from their
second to last album Me Flat which is avaliable on
Silverdish Records. If you're
like me and grew up on a steady diet of Homestead and SST bands, you
should definitely check these guys out.
Here Comes the Skeleton Boy |
When You're Dead Can I Have Your Skull
A Rochester classic, the Thundergods. Out of nowhere in the mid
nineties, the Thundergods came to save Rochester from the thick
malaise that had crept over it. They could barely keep their shit
together on stage, but they wrote some of the catchiest, simple,
good old fashion punk rock. These two songs are from their first
full-length release on Trashcan Records, See You in
Hell Kid. Enjoy!
Rhythm & Booze
Jeezuz Christ, I used to get in so much trouble with Sean, Dave and
Mike from the Vertigo-gos. These guys thought they could steal
the surf guitar crown from Duke Galaxy, and they came close .
. . too close to call (Duke is fuming as he reads this). These
guys left town after doing me the favor of getting me banned
from the Bug Jar. They've been seen drifting around Boston
looking for fights. Go and start one with them, they love it!
Oh yeah, these tracks are from the Garagepop release,
I Got You Babe- live from WITR Rochester Sessions Radio show.
due to be on the next Quitters CD.|
You Won't Think Twice- from the same radio show
Run Around--From the new release The Quitters Are King!
Leopard Print Sissy (the Makers) -- live from Garage-Pop 3
Little Pink Medicine (the Swinging Neckbreakers) -- live from
a show on WMAX in Rochester, NY
She'll Never Know
The Priests have been a local fave for years now. These tracks are from
their first album on Garagepop Records and was released in 2000.
The Pressurehead synopsis ala Cedric Young:
Here's what I remember of the Pressurehead story, if anyone
cares: I think it must've been '89. Tom Caroll- vox. Steve
Gantman- guitar, Zach Barocas- drums, Cedric Young- bass, Charley
Galley- Voice Of Reason. Debuted opening for ALL (w/ Bent)
recorded "Same To Me" cassette on a 4-track borrowed from Nerve
Circus. Played a few local shows with the likes of Hunger Artist,
Bent, etc. opening for Fugazi, Shudder to Think and Vision.
Zach quit to form Powerline with Honch and Silvio from H.A. and
John Schoen and quit them to join Jawbox. (Silvio, Honch and
ex-Three Genres drummer John Franchot went on to form Sleepwalker
with a singer whose name I don't remember). But I digress.....Anyhoo,
The second member of the Pressurehead JDL (Jewish Drummer League)
was a kid named Dave Rosen, who is reported to still be playing
down south somewhere. He was in turn replaced by Steve Kaplan,
with whom the band recorded the "No Sleep" cassette on yet a
different borrowed 4-track, a couple of days before embarking
on a New York State mini-tour that lived up t! o the name.
Shortly after, yours truly quit due to personal and financial
disagreements and was replaced by Paul Granger. The band broke
up shortly after releasing their first and only 7". I went on
at that point to play with former members of Red Spot as the
often forgotten Triggerman, then Cranium Torque and the SLT ,
and eventually Ristrocket. I think Steve K. still plays out in
Seattle, where he moved after the breakup, and the others have
disappeared from the music scene altogether.
Kablooie was formed in the early 1990's by Kevin O'Connor, Andrew P.
and Rob Hopkins. Later enlisted was former bENT singer, Pat Dougherty.
only viable recording was self engineered at ImageSmith Studios and mixed
Matt Guarnere at his old "What's Real," studios in the Village Gate
Kablooie disbanded when Kevin O'Connor moved to New Mexico; re-banded when
Kevin moved back to Rochester and disbanded again when Pat decided to join
local band, "Lazy Boy." Kevin then moved to Boston where he played in the
Share an Apple |
Why (I Wondered)|
Running Into Trees
It Don't Bring Me Down
Nod have been a Rochester mainstay for over ten years now. After putting
out two records on their own label, Baby Music, Nod were picked up
by Steve Shelley's Smell's Like Records label. Nod feature
Joe Sorriero -- guitar/vocals, Brian Shaffer -- drums, and Tim Poland
-- bass. Hugh Edwards used to play second guitar for Nod and has been
known to sit in at shows on occasion. Running Into Trees is the
recording from the Bug Jar Compilation that came out in 1993. The other
two tracks are from Nod's first album.
Build Me Something in the Sky|
Piano's and Star's
ex-members of Muler, Will and Sean, switching off and on between
lead vocals, guitar, and various other instruments. Currently
backing these guys are Keith (the Quitters, Duke Galaxy, Zoo Music
etc) and Jonah and Charles from the Rochester work horses Visionstain
Out of the ashes of N.O.D.R. (Nuns on Death Row) came Hunger Artist.
These guys were one of the best and most popular hardcore bands
in Rochester during the late 80's in Rochester. A controversial
change of singers did not diminish their popularity, but an
ill-fated tour lead to their demise. These recordings were from
the never-released Hunger Artist album and was recorded in
either 1988 or 1989. Update I heard from Tom,
the singer from Hunger Artist, and clarified that the cause of their
demise had nothing to do with their last tour. Just a rumour that
I had heard and spread like the mouth-breeder I am. God, I make
myself sick sometimes.
The Fertlity Rite Brothers
Get Outta My Life (Little Willie and the Adolescents)|
The Fertility Rite Brothers were out of control onstage mainly due
to their frontman simply known as the Thing. Tom Marianetti joined
with fellow Lotus STP bassist Tim Poland (Nod) to fill out the rhythm
section. Mike Murray (best known for his radio show, Whole Lotta
Shaking) played guitar along with Jerry Flanagan (Riviera Playboys).
Memorable shows included a bunch of gigs opening up for the Lyres. They
reformed briefly in 1998 to support the pressing of a 7" on Trashcan
Records of songs from this session. These songs were originally
recorded in 1988 or 1989 but were not released until a limited
edition cassette came out in 1995.
Happy Inside -- this is a hard to find version of this tune
from the compilation . . . uggh, I should have written it down
before I returned it. Golly kids, I won't let you down like this
again. That's a promise!
Glasses -- from the eponymously titled cd which is
not actually on garagepop, but Cherry Gun is suposed to put
there next CD on garagepop
Cherry Gun was around for a good bit of time. They
formed out of the ashes of Nora and called themselves
Honeyrider for a while. I guess the name was taken, so
they changed it to the current name. Jen sang and played guitar
while Kim (White Cotton Panties) played lead guitar. Mark
(original drummer for the Thundergods) played drums and
Bob (Race Car Bob) played bass. Bob moved around to guitar
after Kim left, and they had a number of bassists afterwards
including Tod from Big Hair and now of Montreal's
Grimskunk and (can't think of his name right now) from
Bitter Flesh Thing.
Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners
Tell it to the Duke -- this was a track that was recorded for
the never released but often promised Bug Jar compilation v. 2
circa 1993 the same session when Rhino Chasers was recorded. Screems
picked up by the drum mikes during recording
The following songs were recorded during the session that produced
the Trashcan bunch split 7" with the Shopclass Squares and the
tracks from on the Verge of Breakin' Even.
Winona Ryder -- the Duke will kill me for putting this on,
but the fans used to love this song. Unreleased
Rocket Out -- I really fucked up this song, but it's too great
to ignore. From On the Verge of Breakin' Even
Settlin' a Score with the Gremmies -- I'm putting this one up
for Hilkka Joe. Unreleased
Sleepwalk -- no, we didn't write this song but I can see why
you might think so. Kinda sad, but I can't listen to this without
thinking of Duke and Turtle playing it at Lisa's funeral. From
the Trashcan Bunch split 7".
Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners were/are (depending on who you
talk to) Duke Galaxy -- guitar, Tubesteak -- bass, and Moondoggie
Sad, Sad, Sad|
The Salamanders were a smaller version of the Essentials,
a band that rocked out the legendary club, Idols, many a time during
my teen years, backing up the likes of Bo-Diddley and others.
The amazing Greg Townshend on guitar, Todd Bradley on Bass,
Christopher Zajkowski on drums, and Mark Bradley on vocals and
sax played for a brief stint as the Salamanders before breaking
up. Greg and Todd still play together in the Hi-Risers,
known as the tallest band in Rochester.
Dub Star Rock Mix |
The bassist for Nod and The Fertility Rite Brothers
has an incredible solo album called Tim Poland's Breck Rock
Dub Star. This solo cd was definitely one of the high points
of 1997. Try contacting
Tim to obtain copies of this hard to find cd.
The Squires of the Subterrain
Hello, Good Morning |
All from the hit CD Pop in a CD on Rocket Racket Records.
Permission to put these up was granted by
The Squire himself. All songs written by Christopher Zajkowski and
performed by the Squire.
Robbing The Crypt (Bands that Died Long Ago)
My, oh my
Zen Barbie were a bunch of derelicts ftom Ithaca that
moved up to Rochester to play Punk Rock music. Rob Hopkins
(the Runs, Lunch Lady, Butterslax) joined up with them
and they started playing at the end of 1988. This stuff was recorded
in 1989 for their demo tape Like Rats in a Cage. Greg (vocals)
and Tim (drums) left Rochester ages ago and have moved so many times
I have no idea were they are. Tim had moved to Boston to play with
Crazy Iris but has since moved on. The amazing Bill Pierce followed
me to NYC back in 1991 and lived in the practice space for bands
such as Helmet, Jim Foetus, and the Lunachicks. He has since played
in a number of bands in New York including Willard Luck which
I believe had a member of the Lunachicks in the band. Rob (bass) is
playing drums for the Runs.
Dirt Box Five
This is a song called
Together is definitely not the name of this song, but I can't
remember what is.
Dirt Box Five was Nick Anderson (Guitar), Felix Anderson
(Drums), Mike Cannizarro (Bass), and Ande Lee (whatever you call
that). This was from a WITR's Rochester Sessions and was
recorded June 30th, 1992. Nick and Felix were in Elmer Fudd's Gun.
Then Nick and Mike were in bENT. Oh yeah, I guess that Nick
and Felix were in Ludivico Treatment before that. That was
all during 1980something to 1980latersomething. Ande played guitar
in the Shoppe Classe Squares and will probably complain about
Dinosaur Relaxation Class|
She Said Something
The last two tracks were recorded in 1991 (I think). This was the original
Zoo Music whith Deryk Kemp (Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners and
the Thudergods), Jon Schoen (Solution?, Powerline, Shop Class Squares,
and Pengo), Greg (Rail), and Chris. Keith ended up playing bass
after this and a million drummers came and left including Finny
of Noxious and Mungebeamdeamon fame and Rob
Filardo. of every other band fame. The first two tracks feature
Keith and Finny and were finally released last year on the
Trashcan Records compilation, Cowboys and Cripples
This cut is from the last recording that
bENT ever produced. As mentioned above, Mike and Nick were in
bENT playing bass and guitar respectively. Sean Daley played
guitar as well, but had left the band by the time this was
recorded. Pat Doherty fronted the band, and Dashiel Eaves played
drums. Pat and Nick had played together in Ludivico
Treatment before starting bENT with Sean and Mike.
Dash started playing with these guys when he was fourteen. They
only played for a couple of years, but they put out two amazing
tapes (Alice's Phalis Palace and Pickle Noodle
Feifer) as well is a single and a couple of tracks on a
Hippycore compilation. Pat went on to sing for Lazyboy
and Dash pursued an acting career performing in the New York
crew of Stomp! and various Broadway plays.
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