Bitch Magnet was formed by bassist/vocalist Sooyoung Park and Jon Fine at Oberlin College in 1986; drummer Orestes Morfin joined shortly thereafter. Immediately following the release of its debut Star Booty in 1988, the band garnered rapturous reviews and established itself among the top-tier of America’s independent music underground. The band’s reputation continued to grow with tours of the US and Europe, and the subsequent releases of Umber (prominently included by Mojo on its list of “Lost Albums You Must Own”) in 1989 and Ben Hur in 1990. The latter two have been frequently cited as a key inspiration for what would become known as “post-rock,” a term that baffled and amused the members of Bitch Magnet when it first surfaced, and still does today.
After Bitch Magnet’s dissolution, Park went on to form Seam. Morfín drummed in Walt Mink and Godrifle. Fine formed Vineland and Coptic Light, and briefly played in Don Caballero.
Along with their contemporaries in Slint, in the years following their breakup, Bitch Magnet has been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Don Caballero, Mogwai, Rodan, June of 44 and Battles.
On December 6, Temporary Residence will package Bitch Magnet’s seminal and critically-acclaimed three albums – Star Booty, Umber, and Ben Hur – as a deluxe, limited edition triple-LP set and as a triple CD. The reissues will also include songs that have never appeared on CD or LP, and a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings newly mixed in October 2010 with John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, The Walkmen). The albums are remastered from the original analog master tapes. An invitation from Battles‘ Ian Williams to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties, coaxed Bitch Magnet out of retirement, and the original recorded lineup will reunite to perform in Europe for the first time since 1989 this December.
In addition to its upcoming performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Bitch Magnet will play 2 headline shows for Damnably(London & Bristol), and plan to play a handful of shows in Europe and Asia in the coming months.
Mojo “Inbetween the US noise wave of Sonic Youth and the initial stirrings of grunge….UMBER stands a mile high above most of its kin.”
UMBER included in Mojo‘s The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own!
Rolling Stone 4Stars
Mac McCaughan (Superchunk and Merge Records co-founder) “Bitch Magnet created this amazing equilibrium between heaviness/prettiness and density/space. These juxtapositions were explored by a ton of bands at the time, but
Bitch Magnet wrote songs.”
Rock Sound “An absolute must for music lovers…”
Dusted “It’s a fantastic body of work, as vital and fresh-sounding now as it was when first released. Far more than a mere contemporary of Bastro and Slint, Bitch Magnet made music that’s as good as anything else from this period of American rock. An essential reissue.”
Check back soon for upcoming shows.
|13 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in London||The Garage||UK|
|12 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in London||The Lexington||UK|
|10 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in Minehead||All Tomorrow’s Parties||UK|
|08 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in Bristol||The Fleece||UK|
|07 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in Cologne||MTC||DE|
|06 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in Gronigen||Vera||NL|
|05 Dec 2011 http://www.damnably.com||Bitch Magnet in Brussels||Ancienne Belgique||BE|