Gastr del Sol

Decades: 1990s


Gastr Del Sol is the creation of David Grubbs (Louisville, Kentucky, USA; guitar, piano, vocals), a former member of the Louisville-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. Grubbs first used the Gastr Del Sol moniker for 1991’s The Serpentine Similar EP, recorded with bass player Bundy K. Brown and drummer John McEntire from Bastro. Eschewing conventional rock melody altogether, the EP’s exploratory tone set the tone for future Gastr Del Sol releases. The ‘20 Songs Less’ single introduced an important new member to the line-up, guitarist/composer/tape manipulator and avant garde hero, Jim O’Rourke (b. 18 January 1969, Chicago, Illinois, USA)....

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