|Origin||Los Angeles, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Jazz-Fusion|
|Years active||1983–1994, 2011, 2019, 2020|
|Labels||SST, Poison Summer Records|
|Past members||Vitus Mataré (vocals, guitar) |
Kjehl Johansen (guitar)
John Frank (drums)
Tom Hofer (bass)
Adam Marsland (guitar/keyboard)
Jamie Lennon (keyboards)
John Rosewall (bass)
Jason Kahn (drums)
John Talley-Jones (vocals)
John 'Skippy' Glogovac (drums)
Hunter Crowley (drums)
Mike Patton (bass)
Trotsky Icepick is an American indie rock band, their name referring to Leon Trotsky and his assassination. Their active period was 1983 through 1994.During that time they released six albums, all on SST Records. Members included alumni from LA indie groups, The Last, Urinals (100 Flowers), Middle Class and Leaving Trains.
Gregory Regis Ginn is an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known for being the leader of and primary songwriter for the hardcore punk band Black Flag, which he founded and led from 1976 to 1986, and again in 2003. The band announced another reunion on January 25, 2013. Since the breakup of Black Flag, Ginn has recorded solo albums, and performed with such bands as October Faction, Gone, Confront James, Mojack, and others. Ginn was 99th on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
SST Records is an American independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by musician Greg Ginn. The company was formed in 1966 by Ginn at age 12 as Solid State Tuners, a small business through which he sold electronics equipment. Ginn repurposed the company as a record label to release material by his band Black Flag.
My War is the second studio album by American band Black Flag. It polarized fans on its release in 1984 on SST Records over the LP's B-side, on which the band slowed down to a heavy, Black Sabbath-esque trudge, despite the reputation the band had earned as leaders in fast hardcore punk on its first album, Damaged (1981). It is regarded as one of the first post-hardcore albums.
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Steve Fisk is a Washington-based audio engineer, record producer and musician. As a musician, his has been in bands such as the instrumental alternative/indie rock band Pell Mell and the electronic band Pigeonhed. He has long been associated with the Pacific Northwest music scenes, including grunge and the Sub Pop indie record label.
Zen Arcade is the second studio album by American punk rock band Hüsker Dü, released in July 1984 on SST Records. Originally released as a double album on two vinyl LPs, Zen Arcade tells the story of a young boy who runs away from an unfulfilling home life, only to find the world outside is even worse. Zen Arcade and subsequent Hüsker Dü albums were instrumental in the creation of the alternative rock genre, and it is considered by some to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
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Grant Vernon Hart was an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the punk rock band Hüsker Dü. After the band's breakup in 1988, he released his first solo album Intolerance before forming the alternative rock trio Nova Mob, where he moved to vocals and guitar. His solo career became his main focus after the dissolution of Nova Mob in 1997.
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