May 27, 2008
BASTRO and BITCH MAGNET were two of the most short lived groups of their era to produce such an explosive form of rhythm driven post hardcore. Both bands were highly productive between 1988-1990 releasing three albums apiece, each laying the blueprint for the coming decade’s noisier brand of independent rock… or ‘math rock’ as it often became referred to.
BASTRO continued through until late 1991, these last recordings released posthumously as a live collection entitled ‘Antlers’ . The Peel Session uploaded below was broadcast on the 20th January 1990 & features an awesome version of ‘Ben Brown’ with live drumming. Also uploaded is the split 7″ with CODEINE which sees BASTRO doing a fairly typical blast through interspersed by CODEINE who provide the songs sparser passages. The flipside is CODEINE doing a cover version of some kind.
BITCH MAGNET ran through until 1991 also, ending with the punk blast of the ‘Sadie’ single which is uploaded below along with the ‘Valmead’ 12″. I’m not certain if there were two versions of the ’Sadie’ single as the one uploaded on the CHUNKLET blog (along with some live rarities) is backed with ‘Ducks and Drakes’ from the Ben Hur album. The version below has a Misfits cover track and is credited as being released in 91??? If anyone can clear this up please do. Side A of the ’Valmead’ 12″ features the title instrumental and ‘Pea’ a collaboration with CODEINE. It’s kinda to be expected what this sounds like, I’m not the biggest CODEINE fan mind you. Sooyoung Park, BITCH MAGNET’s vocalist & bass player resurfaced in 1992 fronting the band Seam who shared the track ‘New Years’ with CODEINE.
BONUS! I upped the BITCH MAGNET live set from the Pyramid, NY in 1990. No link to mediafire it’s now available permanently below! This is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders, if only more had followed their lead.
Here are the permanent mp3 links for the BASTRO live Enger 6.9.1990 set & the above photo is of a Sing the troubled beast promo poster I recently aquired.