Monday, February 23, 2009

Steel Pole Bathtub - 1st Tape

Label: Self Released
Year: 1986

Have you ever thought, "man, that pop song would sound so much better if I listened to it whilst in the final spin cycle of my washing machine, surrounded by a loose collection of nuts, bolts, and screws careening off the interior walls"? Yes? Well then, by all means, please introduce yourself to the first Steel Pole Bathtub demo. 
Mid 80's twangy indie pop forced through a barrage of television noise, metallic echos, and general lo-fi production techniques. This band eventually went on to be far more of a post-hardcore/noise rock band, eventually becoming Tumor Circus (with the addition of Jello Biafra), and then Milk Cult, but before they got there, they were here. Here, being a female-fronted band in Bozeman, Montana giving their spin on what was essentially SST inspired college rock. Beyond that, I'm not real sure what else is going on with this demo, but it's a curious little artifact, what you will.


pinto said...

Great post. One of the best bands ever!

julius orange said...

nice. love steel pole. never heard this one.

Marcel Feldmar said...

agreed. awesome.

Mike B said...


Brooklyn Bill said...

Thats not a girl singing, its Dale Flattum's high, girlish voice.

Great find!

Anonymous said...

what are you talking about? there was never a female singer in stbt and they didn't "evolve" into milk cult and tumour circus (those were side projects).

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