Here is a great description of the band stolen from Nice Popper fanzine (I think)- Kitschchao were thee best punk band in Philadelphia during the early nineties. They released one 7″ single on Compulsiv Records and have an unreleased album floating around the East Coast on CDr. Singer Tristan Egolf went on to write 3 well known novels. Members of Kitschchao ended up in the bands Woodland Fruits, More Fiends, Apollo Creed, Dagobah System and D.T.O..
For my part in 1992 I attempted an ill-fated / not anywhere near enough cash to move – move to San Francisco which later called a vacation with all my stuff. In those maybe 2 months I was gone Kitschchao had started getting everyone’s attention and were reinvigorating the philly scene with some much needed influx of punk and fun. They were a great band to see live and you never knew what was going to happen. If you don’t believe me hopefully the pictures and video below will give you a glimpse of it. Tristan Egolf -Vocals Dan Gill – Bass Jason Clouser – Guitar Dave Stauffer – Drums
I forget when or where Jason, Chris and I first spoke about trying to collaborate; was it at a show at the Khyber? taco tueday at Mom’s? I have zero recollection anyway, we had tried a few years before when I tried out for lead singer in their previous combo Dagobah System. that wasn’t the right fit as they were pretty jammy and had an established mode of band communication. I wasn’t about to jump in and force song arrangements on them and they wouldn’t have let me anyway! also I was in 3 other bands at that time, but I always wanted to play with Chris and I definitely always wanted to be a part of the mystique that Jason had with the legendary Kitschchao. they knew the vick logic tapes as well and being Philadelphia players in Phila bands we had all seen another’s bands for years, played on bills together and been on social scene terms of course (man, Philadelphia was much smaller back then wasn’t it?) so, NO the Dagobah System thrived for quite a bit when the band members eventually all did their vocals and gang vocals on their own (a side note: one of the Dagobah jams we rehearsed [and taped] became a mid-period heroics tune in ‘the Elk’) after I left KeN and the city I swore that I wouldn’t and couldn’t play in another band ever. I just didn’t (still don’t) have the political grace to navigate the scene and the band politics always tested or even ruined relationships and friendships. it’s just alot of fucking work creatively, politically and emotionally . . . had I had some level of outward success and an infrastructure (read: musical career) I could have jumped into something more willingly and I don’t think I SUCK necessarily either, it’s just that audience success never came
I think Jason and Chris were also reticent in the same way as the broke up Dagobah for some personal reasons as well. so before we even played a note I said “no pressure. no restrictions. no set ideas. if we don’t gel let’s not force it” when we finally did get together it was effortless. even with a limited line-up in 2 guitars and a vocal it was clear that we could mesh our ideas and our talent Chris is a fucking genius and JCLo has a punk rock soul (and a great guitar tone). I think they dug my ability to wedge a hook and melody into their progressions we got off on it and decided to become a band after a few weeks plus, these were some of the greatest funnest drunken-ish practices ever. total freeform fun. we became fast friends and solid writing partners right then that first month. now to find a drummer . . .-Marc
the heroics: 12.1999 – 8.2004 the heroics: Marc Beck vocals Chris Hunter guitar Jason Clouser guitar Roger Bodine bass Lenny America drums 1 Matt Kovalchuk drums 2
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