FOR SOMEONE WHO enjoys loud, strange noises, it’s been awfully quiet here for the last few months. I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t gone anywhere and there’ll be new content coming soon.
Artist: Alice Donut
Label: Alternative Tentacles
Producer: Alice Donut, Robert E Miller
Cover art: Tomas Antona
ALBUM TITLES DON’T get much more morbidly sardonic than Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life. Always looking on the bright side of nihilism, Alice Donut pick at the scabs of civilised society to reveal what wriggles underneath so they can point at it and laugh. And it’s on their sophomore album that this blend of cheerfulness and grotesquery first truly came together.
… we decided that our music would be better and more unique if [we] weren’t ‘scared’ of being stupid and un-cool.
Tomas Antona, Prindle Record Reviews interview, 2007
Formed: 1987, New York, USA
JELLO BIAFRA DESCRIBED them as ‘the missing link between R.E.M. and the Butthole Surfers’. There’s a kind of truth to that epithet, because under Alice Donut’s acid-punk slop and crude sense of humour lies a knack for melodic songwriting that could’ve made them huge. If only they weren’t so damn demented.
We… come from the same place of just hating what we heard, and wanting to make something that was even worse that people would hate even more and somehow get paid for it. That’s what we were trying to do; make the worst records possible.
Paul Leary, Our Band Could Be Your Life, 2001
Formed: 1981, Texas, USA
Featured album: Locust Abortion Technician (1987)