Monday, August 10, 2009

Saccharine Trust - Paganicons

Label: SST
Year: 1981

Hot on the heels of the Black Flag mega-post, I thought we'd keep the SST ball rolling with one of my favorite label releases, the first Saccharine Trust record, their mini-lp "Paganicons". I like this one because it still sounds like it "belongs" on the SST roster, it is effectively a punk record, but you are hearing the beginnings of a band about to go of on a wild trip. They would eventually go on to play improvised jazz-informed music before calling it quits in 1986 (apparantly they are back together and playing shows now...who knew?), but at this time you get a pretty unique blend of styles that I would still consider "accessible" for your average hardcore fan. If you like later Black Flag, the Minutemen, Redd Kross, 45 Grave, Dead Kennedys, older T.S.O.L., or the non-surfy Agent Orange stuff then you'll probably get a kick out of this one.
Jagged, sharp, driving, noisy punk rock. Does that seem right? Right enough.


Mars said...

Shamefully, I've never checked these guys out. Then it turned out I had, I just had no clue that's who it was. Now, if you can find October Faction - Second Factionalization that would be something. Sitting through it would be another!
Thanks Gray!

godoggo said...

I just saw them for the 1st time since the 80s and was blown away. They have a young, and quite virtuosic rhythm section, and a good jazz trumpeter. To my ears they're better than ever.

You can hear some songs off their latest album here:

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