Saturday, December 22, 2007
Big thanks go out to Ian from the Shark Fin blog for originally uploading this. It's a new blog, but there is some great stuff to be found there already.
Distorted Pony formed in 1986 as the golden age of Los Angeles' punk/post punk eras were winding down. The duo of guitarist David Uskovich (aka David U) and bassist Tricia Pistay (aka Dora Jahr) enlisted the services of a drum machine after failed attempts to locate a suitable human specimen. Shortly thereafter Ted Carroll (aka Theodore Jackson) came on board to provide additional percussion (ala sheet metal, trash cans and the like) along with Robert "Hammer" Eisenhamer on second guitar. After a 7-inch for Piece of Mind Records, the foursome recorded their "Work Makes Freedom" EP for the long-running indie Bomp Records. With it's repetitive skronk and calculated beats, one can easily identify the influence of Big Black throughout, yet the press was in agreement that while DP proudly wore their influences on their debut, the future looked promising.
Having avoided a fleshy drummer long enough, veteran skinsman London May (ex-Dag Nasty/Samhain) joined the fold and as a 5-piece the band reached a whole new level. In January of 1992, they recorded their first full-length, "Punishment Room" (also for Bomp), on an 8-track in the their house with the help of budding producer Steve Albini. It was later mixed in Steve's studio in Chicago. The addition of a live drummer added new depth, an organic and straight to the gut immediacy lacking on earlier recordings. Comparisons were drawn to acts as diverse as Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, Jesus ans Mary Chain, Pussy Galore, and Birthday Party.
2. Death In The Turnstile
3. God's List
7. Castration Anxiety
9. Plague Bed
10. Down Where The Dirt Collects
11. Fee Schedule
12. Sinner's Prayer
13. Forensic Interest
15. Pillar Of Salt
Download: Distorted Pony - Punishment Room (71MB)