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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

YARD TRAUMA (SOME PEOPLE)

Tucson's Yard Trauma. Founding members Joe Dodge (guitar, vocals) and Lee Joseph (bass) had previously done time together in a precursor band, Johnny 7, before forming Yard Trauma at the end of 1982. Although hardcore punk was taking hold locally at the time, Yard Trauma decided to experiment with such odd sounds as drum machines played through fuzzboxes, shortwave radios, and tape loops merged with poetry read on top of the wall of noise. After doing a few shows as a duo, a real drummer and a keyboard player were added to the lineup in time for a debut single, "Some People" b/w "No Conclusions," as well as a full-length, The Red Album, before splitting up in January of 1984 when Joseph relocated to Los Angeles. But after the album received favorable reviews in the underground press, Dodge and Joseph began having second thoughts. This led to the pair to writing songs by sending demos back and forth in the mail, before they reunited in Phoenix to record a sophomore effort, Must Have Been Something I Took. Dodge then followed Joseph back to Los Angeles, as the duo tried in vain to find a permanent drummer. Although they were unsuccessful (going through numerous skin beaters, including one who was briefly a member of one of G.G. Allin's many bands), Yard Trauma began building a following in Europe solely on the strength of the press attention given to their albums. 1988 saw the release of the band's third album overall, Face to Face, which included guest appearances on lead guitar by several other artists, including Brett Gurewitz from Bad Religion. Further albums followed, including 1990's Lose Your Head and 1994's Oh My God (during which time Joseph created and ran the independent label, Dionysis Records), before the duo decided to call it a day. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide
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DIONYSUS RECORDS 1983
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1. SOME PEOPLE
2. NO CONCLUSIONS
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3 comments:

Mr. Suave said...

Yard Trauma were always one of my fave garage revival bands -- less derivative than a lot of the others. I have to say this is a very good day indeed. I just discovered this blog today and it might be one of the absolute best I've ever stumbled across. Thanks for posting so much great stuff. You might be the only person who could appreciate loving a band you can find no info on -- and who might be able to help me out. Here's a few bands I'd love to find more info on -- Crawling Walls (1985) probably made up of other California garage rockers, but no credits on the album I had. Two German bands, Legendary Golden Vampires and Nirvana Devils. Gotta love a challenge right.

Anonymous said...

Great band. Thankx for this 7.

FRANK MILLER said...

OUT OF THE THREE BANDS THAT YOU MENTIONED, THE ONLY ONE I WASN'T FAMILIAR WITH WAS THE NIRVANA DEVILS . I LOOKED AROUND QUITE A BIT AND LIKE YOU SAID THERE'S NOT MUCH OUT THERE ON THESE BANDS OTHER THAN WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW. SORRY I COULDN'T HELP.I REALLY ENJOY YOUR SITE AS WELL, THANKS FOR THE COMMENT