Haystack was a project started in the mid-90's by Uffe Cederlund (Entombed) when he wanted to explore his Unsane/Melvins/The Jesus Lizard/etc influences. Complete with Jonas Lundberg (A-Bombs) on drums and Johan Blomqvist (Backyard Babies) on bass, Haystack released two albums, both being very good and characteristic samples of the aforementioned sound. After Slave Me's release in 1998, Haystack called it quits, as Uffe decided it was time for him to concentrate back to Entombed.
Formed in Ohio by Peter Aaron (vocals, guitar) and William Weber in 1988, the band more or less plodded indistinguishably until relocating to New York City in the early '90s. In 1992, the Cranks were joined by former Honeymoon Killers' bassist Jerry Teel. Drummer Dan Willis signed on at the same time. At that juncture, the band was given a sense of purpose and a definite aesthetic. Where early recordings certainly reflect an interest in garage rock and noisy indie bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain, it wasn't until Teel joined that the Chrome Cranks' sound solidified itself. From that point, the band picked up where the Honeymoon Killers left off, churning out a stripped down, deconstructive bastardization of garage rock tradition, retooling everything from the Stooges to Kim Salmon. The new lineup inaugurated their recording career with the debut EP Eight-Track Mind on PCP in 1992, thus establishing their Cramps-meets-Pussy Galore aesthetic -- sleaze-rock, essentially. A heap of other singles followed in the successive years.In 1994, PCP released the quartet's self-titled debut album, quite possibly their best. Dead Cool followed in 1995, with Bob Bert, previously of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, and many other bands of note, on drums. The album lacked the visceral rawness of its predecessor. The Chrome Cranks' final studio album, Love in Exile, appeared in 1996. Although the band folded that year, sporadic singles followed, as well as the album of outtakes and demos, Oily Cranks, and the potent live document, Live in Exile, both in 1997.
The Hunches, from Portland (Oregon), are heirs to the glorious tradition of Northwestern garage-rock. Yes. No. Shut It. (2002) is the sonic equivalent of a carpet bombing campaign. Along the axis of Rolling Stones, MC5 and the Cramps, the Hunches ridicule the very idea of a rock song. Their frenzied "songs" are epileptic fits and at times they even display melodic flair. Hobo Sunrise (2004) is no less lethal, perhaps even more tribal and dissonant. The reckless, breathless, shameless mess evokes underground gods such as Von Lmo and Feedtime.
1. Murdering Train Track Blues 2. 10,000 Miles 3. Static Disaster 4. Explosion 5. Hurricane 6. Same New Thing 7. Chainsawdomy 8. Lisa Told Me 9. Let Me Be 10. Confusion 11. Got Some Hate 12. The Ballad 13. Oh Woe Is Me 14. Peeping Tom Crawl 15. Accident
1. Where Am I 2. Compression 3. As the Droning Fades On 4. Turkey Timer Pinocchio 5. She Was a Surgeon 6. I'm an Intellectual 7. Nose Dive 8. This Human Behavior 9. When I Became You 10. Intellectual um 11. Too Much Adrenaline 12. Two Ghosts 13. Frustration Rocket 14. A Flower in the Ending