The Gelcaps began as a solo project in 1993 with Derelict Hotel alumnus Doug Anson making improvisational music on a cheap guitar, Casio keyboard and effect pedals. In ’94 he started working with Vibrolux guitarist John Boothman, a.k.a “the king of noise.”
Anson played chunky and repetitive rhythm guitar riffs while Boothman filled out the soundscape with drones and plinks. The band’s first EP, Death Star From Budokan, was a remarkable balance of catchy pop-punk and trippy noise rock.
After going through several members, the lineup solidified in the fall of ’95 when bassist Mark Nolan and drummer Spencer Sweeney joined the ranks. They kept the bottom end just tight enough to give the arrangements structure and depth. The second Gelcaps release, the single “Cows,” was more straight-ahead, but still memorable.
A few months later, they started work on their third release. Songwriting was going so well that by the time July rolled around, the single had turned into a mini-album entitled 24 Hour Pythons.
In late July, everything fell apart. Boothman quit the band over creative differences. On July 27, Nolan died in a drug-related accident.
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Here is both of their 7 inches and cd – 24 Hour Pythons plus a live from Jackie’s show on WKDU . Thanks for the tape Jackie.
Derelict Hotel were Dane Wilson – Drums, Dave Birch – Guitar, Mark Nolan – Bass, Scott Slagle – Vocals & Doug Anson -Slide Guitar (on the Track from Compulsiv Comp No. 1 7″)
“DH was into old Punk and stuff on AmRep and Touch & Go. Brian Dilworth hooked us up with many cool gigs opening up for Laughing Hyenas, Agent Orange, Killdozer, Helios Creed and Steel Pole Bathtub. We were together 92’ to 94’. We loved to record with Art Difuria” – Steve
Late 80’s early 90’s acoustic band with Andy Bresnan (Butterfly Joe, Junior Mints) on the Ukranian Burda, Chris Unrath (Shimmers) on guitar, Dean Sabatino (Dead Milkmen, Butterfly Joe, I Think Like Midnight) on drums, and vocals of Eden Daniels (Shimmers) For more info on this band check out this post on Rock Town Hall
The Live from Jackie Zahn’s show on WKDU set was from January, 03, 1989 (as they mention all the band’s vocalists were sick at the time so I hope they are ok with this going up)
I was working on putting up the Fabulous Fondas’ demo tape called eight original hits when I noticed it was already available on Bandcamp. But, I still wanted to add a post of them and just use the bandcamp links instead of the files I made. The Fab Fondas were Rocco Sacco (vocals) Bill Fergusson (lead & rhythm guitar) Brain McGillin (rhythm guitar & vocals) Pete McCoubrey (bass & vocals) & Todd Yoder (drums & vocals)
Thanks for the tape Jackie
I am in the process of digitizing a bunch of live on WKDU tapes from Marina – she had a lot of bands on her radio show in the 90s and mostly they have been un-shared until now. To start off here is More Fiends live on WKDU from February 16, 1999.
I believe this is the last lineup for More Fiends (?) with Allen Fiend = bass, Elizabeth Fiend = side guitar, Bob Fiend = guitar (currently in the Pogos), Dave Fiend = drums (ex Kitschchao, Belligerent)
Red Paint People put out a couple of 7″s and where on some compilations (including Scrabble.) They played brutal, bone-rattling rock and roll much in the vein of the Amp Rep/Touch & Go bands of the same time. In the early 90’s they played a lot of shows in Philly and along with Kitschchao brought a loud hardcore influenced rock back to the scene. The band was made up of Chris Hunter on guitar (Little Gentlemen, If, Goats, Mothra & DTO , Eric Hammarberg on bass (Double Penetration, Ben Arnold) Stroller on Drums and there singer was Matt.
Live On WKDU 02-15-93 (Jackie’s show)
I had to try to normalize the audio on this one – it was I guess either the tape or the original mix but hopefully I made it better.
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