Louisville Underground Music Archive Oral Histories
Mark discusses is early love of music inspired by used singles he and his brother Chris obtained from the jukebox in his aunt's restaurant. He talks about forming Malignant Growth with his instigator friend Kenny Ogle and his brother Chris Abromavage. He discusses the band's development, including Brett Ralph becoming lead singer, their transformation into Fadin' Out and their eventual breakup. Discussing the punk scene he mentions the impression made on him by guitar players such as Tara Key, the O'Bannon brothers of the Blinders, and Alex Durig of the Endtables. He talks about forming Kinghorse with Sean Garrison, Mike Bucayu and Kevin Brownstein; the large audiences they attracted; and recording their album with Glenn Danzig. And he talks about his later bands Arch and the Decline Effect (which reunites him with his brother).
Bailey talks about his friendship with Wolf Knapp and their early band the Afters, and their later group Your Food, their album and their out-of-town tours in a dilapidated van. He talks about his, Knapp's and Janet Bean's trepidation about approaching the "punk house" at 1069 Bardstown Road and the Super Bowl party several years later at which the house's upper floor was destroyed. He discusses personalities on the local punk scene, including Steve Rigot, Ricky Feather and Mary McCarthy. He talks about the Beat Club. (The interview broke off before he could discuss his band the Bulls.)
Bucayu talks about rowing up in the East End, his early interest in music and his first band, Solution Unknown; his next band, Maurice; and Kinghorse, one of several Louisville bands that had a shot at becoming a national forceHe also talks about the all-ages venue Charley's Pizza and the punk/hardcore scene as a melting pot of Louisville's neighborhood-segregated youth. He discusses bandmates David Pajo, Britt Walford and Sean Garrison and the Self Destruct record label he started and has resurrected in the 2010s.
Buckler discusses his early punk bands Generic Reality and Dot 39 and the impact of hearing local hardcore band Malignant Growth/Fadin' Out. His next band was Slint. He describes how his disagreement over the production of the first Slint album led to his leaving the band and forming King Kong. He describes visiting West End blues clubs and taking lessons from blues musician Smoketown Red. He also talked about several recent music videos he's produced.
Durig was born in San Francisco on November 11, 1959. His family moved to Louisville in 1970, when his father was hired as a professor of sociology at U of L. In 1977, shortly after graduating from Waggener High School, he formed the Endtables with friend Joe Frey, Steve Rigot and a number of others. The band continued until 1979, releasing an EP and soon breaking up. He formed another band, Melusian, shortly afterward; it broke up in 1980, the year from which Durig dates his "adult life." He received his PhD in social psychology from Indiana University in 1992 and has written seven books in his specialty, perception and logic.
Feather was born in Louisville in 1958. An early figure on the Louisville music scene, he played in Monsters, Falconetti and Bodeco, which since 1984 has played a wild version of r&b/rockabilly that ignited rowdy shows and was preserved on four CDs. He lives in Clkarksville, IN. Feather describes his experiences growing up in 70s Louisville; the growth of his musical tastes; his experiences in the early Louisville punk scene; talks about an early performance with the Blinders; and his bands Monsters, Falconneti and Bodeco.
Garrison talks about growing up in Pleasure Ridge Park in a dysfunctional family and how the punk scene "saved me." He mentions the influence of pioneering South End punks Malignant Growth and discusses his bands Maurice; the massively popular Kinghorse; and Driftin' Luke, which transformed into Five Finger Discount after the band was contacted by the Hank Williams estate.
Born in Louisville, Tara played in Louisville's first punk band, No Fun, and subsequently in the Babylon Dance Band, the Zoo Directors, Antietam and Rzzo/Key; she has also released a solo album. She is married to Tim Harris, bassist in each of her projects from the Dance Band onward. The two of them put together and published Blue Streak, her mother June Key's memoir. They live in Manhattan.
Maddux describes growing up in Valley Station and his early experiences playing brass instruments. He devotes much of the interview to his first band, Mr. Big (with Irv Ross and Sean Mulhall), from its formation to its breakup and such highlights as playing at CBGB and touring with English band the Membranes. He discusses his later band Evil Twin Theory recording with renowned New York producer Kramer. Guitarist and songwriter in Mr. Big; Krakh; Evil Twin Theory
Maxson was a member of the Dickbrains, Your Food, TRIM, Minnow and Hal Dolls. He lived and practiced at the infamous 1069 Bardstown Rd."punk house." He put a massive archive of Louisville punk memorabilia online at http://louisvillepunk.awardspace.com/ and was one of the creators of White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978–1994. Maxson talks about his early participation in the Louisville punk scene, his bands the Dickbrains and Your Food, social atmosphere and living conditions at 1069 Bardstown Rd. "punk house."