David Grubbs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Alongside his sometime colleague Jim O’Rourke, Grubbs is one of the leading figures on America’s independent music scene. He first came to prominence as a founding member of the Louisville, Kentucky, USA-based hardcore outfit Squirrel Bait. When that influential band split-up in 1987, Grubbs formed Bastro and recorded three albums for Homestead Records that gradually moved away from the noise-rock squall of Squirrel Bait towards avant garde experimentalism, although he continued to satisfy his rock instincts as guitarist for Bitch Magnet. He adopted the Gastr Del Sol moniker for 1991’s The Serpentine Similar EP, an exploratory avant garde work recorded with bass player Bundy K. Brown and drummer John McEntire from Bastro. Gastr Del Sol became a more permanent arrangement with the recruitment of guitarist and tape manipulator O’Rourke, with the majority of the unit’s subsequent releases recorded by Grubbs and...

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