Homestead Records (7"), 1989
This single came out to herald the release of Bastro's 2nd album Diablo Guapo (translated: Handsome Devil). While Drowned in Sound says Bastro inspired Shellac, I always saw Bastro as a Big Black/Rapeman stalker band but without the baggage, snide vocals and confrontational nature of Mr. Albini. But they had everything else down pat, even down to the drum machine, irony, hats, strip clubs and autopsy photos. This album, though, canned the rhythm black box for a real live drummer, future Tortoise/Sea Cake dude (and then Oberlin music major) John McEntire. Even with the live drummer (um, hello Rapeman...), I'd warrant that it wasn't until Gastro del Sol that Mr. Grubbs truly found his voice. That said, he does have a distinctively different guitar style than Albini even if I can find little difference between their bass players. But I'm willing to put up with a Big Black stalker band any day of the week and a pretty good one at that. I mean consider the alternatives (i.e. the 2nd Squirrelbait album).
"Shoot Me a Deer" appears on the recently re-released (and re-mastered) Diablo Guapo (coupled with swansong 1990 swansong Sing the Troubled Beast). Its on Drag City supposedly released last month but is now curiously "temporarily available". Oh well, until then, enjoy "Goiter Blazes" -- it's co-authored by Mark Robinson (Unrest) and oddly left off the Drag City release.
David Grubbs - Guitar/Vox
Clark Johnson - Bass
John McEntire - Drums
"Goiter Blazes" - Bastro (Bastro/Robinson)
Disclaimer: Limited availability - two week timeframe. Recorded directly from vinyl so do not take this as representative of the final sound quality.
"Tobacco in the Sink" - Bastro Live, October 1991 from Fidel Bastro website
References and Links:
- Drag City Diablo Guapo / Sing the Troubled Beast page
- Recommended: Delusions of Adequacy's review of Diablo Guapo (Justin Vellucci)
- Recommended: AMP-Archives David Grubbs Interview
- Drowned in Sound review (Michael Diver)
- Recommended: the Sonic Genius of John McEntire (Jim DeRogatis)
- Trouser Press's Bastro Page