Eat Skull

With a maxed-out and skuzzy lo-fi sound that could qualify them as part of the arbitrarily named "shitgaze" genre -- along with likeminded bands Times New Viking and Psychedelic Horseshit -- Eat Skull incorporated more of a hardcore approach to the noise formula than their contemporaries when they started out in 2006, founded by Rob Enbom (Hospitals, Hole Class, and Hale Zukas) and Rod Meyer (also a member of Hospitals, as well as the '80s hardcore bands Necromancy and Puppet Show). The two paired up with bassist Scott Simmons and drummer Beren Ekine-Huett in Portland, OR, and with only a limited amount of practice under their belts, the bandmembers recorded two 7" records and a cassette EP, and started playing shows in town. Tom Lax of Siltbreeze signed them to his label after the song "Dead Families" caught his attention, and the band's first official full-length, Sick to Death, followed in June of 2008. 2009 saw the release of Wild and Inside, but it wasn't until 2013 that they resurfaced with third album III, released on the Woodsist label. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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