King Snake Roost


King Snake Roost

Infobox musical artist
Name = King Snake Roost


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Origin = flagicon|Australia Adelaide / Sydney, Australia
Genre = Grunge, Noise rock
Years_active = 1985 to 1990
Label = Aberrant Records Amphetamine Reptile Records Satellite Records Megadisc Normal Records
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Past_members = Charles Tolnay Peter Hill David Quinn Bill Bostle Michael Raymond Craig Rossi Gene Revit Adrian Symes

Overview

King Snake Roost, also known as KSR, were one of a number of Australian and International bands who emerged from Punk rock in the mid 1980's to be defined as Post-punk. Later, this description changed to Noise. King Snake Roost formed in 1985 in Adelaide and in 1987 the band moved to Sydney. The band broke up in 1990 after a two month tour of the USA. In Australia and the USA the band played with some of the most influential noise bands of the 1980's, including Sonic Youth, Big Black, Mudhoney, Helmet, Babes In Toyland, Lubricated Goat, feedtime and The Mark of Cain. KSR played at some prestigious 1980's US venues, including, CBGB and Maxwell's.

Lineup

1985-1986

Charlie Tolnay, guitar, was also a founding member of the seminal Adelaide post punk band Grong Grong. For a brief time he was in blues-punk band Bloodloss with Guy Madison of Mudhoney and he recorded with Lubricated Goat. During 1989 he recorded the Tumor Circus album with members of Steel Pole Bathtub and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. He also played on both Bushpig records with Steve Turner and Mark Arm of Mudhoney Trigger Michael Raymond George Klestines

1986-1987

Charlie Tolnay guitar Peter Hill, vocals & feed harp, also a member of Bushpig. Bill Bostle drums, was also a member of Half. Michael Raymond bass. Also, for a brief time after Michael Raymond left Uncle Egon played bass, most notably for the Adelaide University Union show with Big Black and Dave Taskas of Grong Grong played bass at a small number of shows in Melbourne.

1987-1989

Charlie Tolnay guitar Peter Hill, vocals, guitar, feed harp. Bill Bostle. drums David Quinn, bass, also a member of Deathless.

1989-1990

Charlie Tolnay guitar Peter Hill vocals Gene Rivet bass Craig Rossi, drums, who also played in Box Of Fish.

Guests

Lachlan McLeod a member of Salamander Jim. Dave Boyne who played in the 1960's band the Missing Links. Adrian Symes who played with many bands during the 1980's. Tom Sturm also of feedtime. Michael Farkas of Grong Grong

Discography

Albums

*"From Barbarism To Christian Manhood" 12" LP (Aberrant Records cat: Slither 1) - 1987
*"From Barbarism To Christian Manhood" 12" LP CS (Amphetamine Reptile Records cat: ARR89166) - 1989Recorded at Sound Barrier Studios Sydney during Easter of 1987 "From Barbarism To Christian Manhood" was originally released on Aberrant Records. It was re-released on the Minneapolis label Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1989.
*"Things That Play Themselves" 12" LP (Aberrant Records cat: ?) - 1988
*"Things That Play Themselves" 12" LP (Amphetamine Reptile Records cat: ARR89168) - 1989Originally released on Aberrant Records. Re-issued on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1989.
*"Ground Into The Dirt" 12" LP, CD, CS (Amphetamine Reptile Records cat: ARR89189) - 1990Recorded during the band's two month tour of the USA in 1989 at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin, and produced by Butch Vig of Garbage. Smart Studios and Butch Vig are known for producing Nirvana's "Nevermind". This album was never released locally in Australia.

ingles

*"Raw Cuts" 7" Single (Satellite Records cat: Raw 4) 1987Recorded at Sound Barrier at the same time as "From Barbarism To Christian Manhood".
*"Top End Killer" 7" Single (Aberrant Records cat: snuffed 1)Recorded in 1987 at Sound Barrier Studios. A-side "Top End Killer", b-side is "A Storm Brewin".

plits

*"More Than 1 Bob" 7" Single (Aberrant Records cat: MX 214299?)Around this time the band recorded a split single with feedtime called "More Than 1 Bob", released on Aberrant Records. KSR covered the feedtime song "more than love" and feedtime covered the KSR song "Buffalo Bob". During 1987-1989 both bands regularly played together at Sydney venues like the Palace Hotel. At the Palace Peter Hill of KSR would often join feedtime on stage to sing "Buffalo Bob".
*"School's Out" / "Nutbush City Limits" 7" Single (Aberrant Records cat: Crack 1)A cover of the Alice Cooper song recorded at Sound Barrier Studios in 1987. Another split single with Adelaide band Bloodloss covering Ike & Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits".

Compilations

*"" 12" LP, CD - 1990In 1989 or 1990 the band recorded a cover of the Kiss song "I Want You". This song was released by Waterfront Records on the Kiss covers album "". Other bands on the compilation include Nirvana, The Melvins, and The Hard-Ons. The album was later released by C/Z Records.
*"Dope, Guns Fucking In The Streets Volume 3" 7" (Amphetamine Reptile Records cat: Scale 18) - 1989
*"Dope, Guns Fucking In The Streets Volume 1-3" LP/CD (Amphetamine Reptile Records cat: ?) - 1990The KSR song "Zippo" was recorded at Smart Studios and produced by Butch Vig. This compilation also includes tracks by Surgery, The Cows and Tad.
*"Dope, Guns And Fucking up Your Video Player".A 7' flexi released by Bob Magazine.


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