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A Taste for Bitters

Chokebore

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An unusual rock band from L.A. that featured a nice slow groove and pounding rhythms, Chokebore got signed to the happening, mid-'90s label Amphetamine Reptile and put out this very fine, though quite depressing record. Droning along to their snail-paced rock is singer Troy Bruno Von Balthazar, whose voice is a miserable, melancholic howl. But Chokebore's sadness is the listener's gain, as this music is moving and pleasant in an unpleasant way. Some of the standout tunes are "One Easy Pieces" "A Taste for Bitters" and "Narrow," though most of the songs are not dissimilar. Never does all this depression lead to pretentiousness, which is one of the major strengths of this exceptional and original group.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The eclectic underground rock group Chokebore consists of guitarist John Kroll, drummer Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo, vocalist Troy Bruno Von Balthazar and bassist A Frank G. They formed in Honolulu in the early '90s and moved to L.A. in 1992 in hopes of getting better gigs and more recognition. After signing a deal with Amphetamine Reptile in 1993, Chokebore released their debut single Nobody/Throats and their first full-length Motionless later that year. The group toured with fellow Amrep bands...
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