Vinyl Adventures (Part 2)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Ok, here we go, Part 2. And this week we have Butterglove followed by the overlooked Gaunt from Ohio. I'll add pictures of the sleeves later, lets just get down to the music.

Butterglove - Dirtbench 7" Shakedown Records
Taken from the Lunchbox Drama single, Butterglove was a short-lived American band at the tail end of the 80's that crept into the 90's, but only just. They were only together for about 18 months but in that time managed to put together some tracks and support some artists, including the mighty Minor Threat? I do have a recording of one of their support slots.

This single was released on a UK label, Shakedown Records. A nice silkscreened sleeve with inserts does not prepare you for the vicious sound. The band put together the track and the singer just turned up and improvised. Excellent.

Butterglove - Dirtbench

Gaunt - Spine 7" Datapunk Records
This one is rare as hens teeth, as the saying goes. Thankfully it was re-released on another label, which was deserved given its one of the best punk singles of the past thirty years. Both sides (the other being Jim Motherfucker) define a band that promised much and delivered a series of quality releases before being snapped up by a major. That Gaunt sound, the tight structure of the song, the lyric delivery were already in place. This may be their debut single, but I could be wrong.

I don't think Gaunt ever got the credit they deserved, as the spotlight when on nearby friends The New Bomb Turks. Two superb bands blazing a path around the same period. We'll be hearing more of Datapunk Records as our adventures proceed, as the label specialised in short run singles in paper sleeves.

Gaunt - Spine

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