Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ed Hall - Motherscratcher

Label: Trance Syndicate
Year: 1993

Sticking with the Texas noise rock from the last post, here's another great example of how consistently good the Trance Syndicate was for a few years there in the early to mid 90's. Ed Hall took some cue's from label owner King Coffey's band, Butthole Surfers, in that they blended their bass-driven low end attack with moments of psychedelic guitar squalls. Another notable influence would be Flipper, in that the band seems to relish in drilling a rhythm into your head, and coating that rhythm with scratching vocals and venomous, prickling guitar. They even manage an homage to Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha" in opening track "White House Girls". 
If you like your noise rock a little weirder than normal, I'm thinking Steelpole Bathtub, Cherubs, and the aforementioned Flipper or Butthole Surfers, then you'll certainly be into this trio. 
I chose this record because it's probably the most straightforward of their releases (although their final lp "La La Land" strides mostly the same ground), and I think the best introduction to the group. I will post some earlier records though eventually so you can get a real overview of the acid backed psychosis that was Ed Hall.


Anonymous said...

Great band!!!!! this is very much the sound of Austin in the early 90's

Anonymous said...

your posts are getting better!! I love Ed Hall and all their twisted sounds!! can you post their masterpiece (my opinion) glorious 'Gloryhole' I've never heard the b-side to the Deth - Witless tilt 7inch.
gracias, Luke Flukenstock eh.

Helen said...

i actually just bought this record the other day...Cherubs is one of my all-time favorite bands...just stumbled on your blog...the music you're reviewing is great! and thanks for mentioning Chrissakes in that other post.


Anonymous said...

This is a great frickin' record. This, Glory Hole, and La La Land are all equally spectacular, imho.

Glory Hole can be found here:
pass: ehgh

If you have that EP or any Ed Hall B-sides, that would be great.

Anonymous said...

thank You!!!
Ed Hall were one of my favorites....i lived in texas(Houston) and saw them many many times....great to hear them again

peskypesky said...

this stuff is making me so homesick for Austin in the early 90s....i had a lot of fun in those days, riding my bike around town, going to shows at Emo's and Liberty Lunch...wish i could get in a time machine and head back there

peskypesky said...

fuck! i forgot how badass they were. this makes me want to fucking start a band right fucking now! anybody in nyc wanna do that? make some heavy, throbbing, crazy noise?

X. T. Yanman said...

thankyou Ed Hall i saw them 23 times until i was 23.

Stathis said...


can you fix "Ed Hall" links?

Please, answer me.

Best Regards

Efstathiou Stathis

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