Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Rock enfant terrible Steve Albini (22 July 1962, Pasadena, Callifornia, USA; ex-Big Black / Rapeman) formed this trio on an informal basis in 1993. Buoyed by the attention garnered in the wake of his producing In Utero for Nirvana, Albini (guitar/vocals), fellow recording engineer Bob Weston (b. Waltham, Massachusetts, USA; bass) and Todd Trainer (drums) issued ‘The Rude Gesture: A Pictorial History’, the first of two limited-issue singles to appear on the trio’s own label. It offered all the trademarks of Albini’s previous bands - awkward time changes, thundering basslines, screaming guitar and frantic vocals. Weston was ex-Volcano Suns, while Trainer had worked with Rifle Sport and Breaking Circus. ‘Uranus’ followed in similar, exciting fashion. A third release The Bird Is The Most Popular Finger, comprising the tracks ‘The Admiral’ and ‘XVI’, came in a sleeve still showing Albini’s caustic remarks referring...

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