Look Behind You

9 Dec


No, I’m not exactly back in action just yet, but in the meantime . . . do read Joe Carducci’s touching tribute to SAINT VITUS and the singularly heavy drum style of Armando Acosta (RIP) over at The New Vulgate. Fittingly, Joe ends by locating VITUS in the larger pantheon of great but criminally-ignored bands hidden down in the South Bay during the 80’s – SACCHARINE TRUST, OVERKILL, SLOVENLY, SECRET HATE:

‘Ray Farrell . . . referred to the SST bands as “neighborhood bands”, which made me think that that might be the secret, maybe only in the south bay did rock music continue to be a folk music like rock and roll had been for the sixties garage bands and the rockabilly bands of the fifties’

We at PS Recon couldn’t agree more.

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8 Responses to “Look Behind You”

  1. J.M.B. December 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Saint Vitus is one of my favorites band. It sad Armond’s death.

    Saludos!

  2. Anton December 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    What a proto-stoner gig: DC3, Vitus and ATR!

    Is Secret Hate on a par with the others? After I read Carducci’s post I lstened to Vegetables Dancing for the first time and I just don’t see it.

    Anton

    • mrowster December 18, 2010 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Anton-

      No I suppose not, but . . . in the context of rote early/mid 80’s hardcore in SoCal (the scene they played to) SECRET HATE’s aggro sound was distinctive and powerful, which at least started them on the kinds of individualistic roads those other SST bands trod. Their reunion CD from 1999 – sans Reggie Rector, who was dead by then – was way more effective & interesting than anyone had a right to expect. Check it out if you can. Had they not gotten into drugs and stuck around a bit longer in the 80’s, who knows.

  3. Ed April 5, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    this was a phenomenal gig as I remember. Across the River were by far one of the most amazing bands at the time. They are the first incarnation of many bands to follow the ‘stoner rock’ vibe of saint vitus. Across the River featured Mario Lally (Fatso Jetson) and Scott Reeder (Kyuss and Obsessed) DC3 was like an underground punk version of deep purple and were amazing as well. nice post.

    • Anton November 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      You know about this, don’t you?

      http://www.youtube.com/user/actionchemistry

      • mrowster November 8, 2011 at 7:27 am #

        I watched most of these at some point, it’s crazy to see Mario Lalli so young. Would really like to find live footage of DC3 though – they were hot the time I saw em live.

        • Anton November 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

          Yeah, I was thinking about DC3 as well… Overkill and Stains would also be OK :-) Checking the Overkill reunion in YouTube I found this conversation between Merrill and one of the guys:

          “Wow, and I thought it sounded bad when I sang it.”

          Merrill
          merrill418 4 months ago

          “@merrill418”

          “Joe couldn’t sing anything you did worth shit. Go check out the video of Head On Merrill. I told you, I wanted you to do the reunion. Joe was just a hired gun, because Scott wouldn’t have gone over good with the punkers. Many people asked where you were, and I told them why you couldn’t do it.”

          rip2shred 4 months ago

          • Felice Lococo January 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

            Yeah, I wrote that reply to Merrill…. Felice.

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