Decatur Cherry Smash LP/CD (Squealer 012/Jettison 34) 1994
Brian Butler-Guitar, Vocals Mike Barker-Bass Ian Davis-Drums
Longtime Chapel Hill, NC band (they first recorded
in 1990) finally gets the full-length treatment on this co-release
with Durham, NC's Jettison Records. The current lineup includes
Barker and Butler, as well as Simeon from Dickweed and Go-Botz
on guitar, and Dave Dixon from 81 Mulberry on drums.
The band mixes murky new-south melodies with Dinosaur
Jr.-style guitar wigouts, while Baker's multi-octave vocals weave
a tender trap on top of it all. "Alaska", reprised from an earlier
Jettison 7" single, makes the entry fee worth it all by itself,
with its soaring beauty.
Produced by Todd Goss and Caleb Southern at Kraptone
Studios. Cover art was done by Laird Dixon of the band Zen Frisbee.
The band have had a number of exhausting and confusing
lineups over the years; the one constant has been guitarist/vocalist
Brian Butler. Past members of the band include Chris Eubank of
Spatula, Paige Ivey, Bill McCormick (solo artiste and member of
Evil Weiner), and Ian Davis (formerly of Bicentennial Quarters).
Someday somebody needs to do one of those "family tree" things
for Chapel Hill...
Brian was previously in a band called Other Bright
Colors who toured around quite a bit and released a 7" and an
LP during their six year life span. Look for their stuff.
With the songs: "Redesign My Mind", "Thinking Without
Seeing", "Back Of My Mind", "My Reasons", "Ant History", "Head-Stomach
Highway", "Lifeline", "Undone", "Alaska" and "Breton".
This item is out of print.