Rocket From The Tombs ‎– The Day The Earth Met The...

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August 21, 2013
referencing The Day The Earth Met The..., 2xLP, SV37LP
Rocket From the Tombs was a legendary Cleveland band that never issued an album during its existence, but has nevertheless left a definite mark on the city's fruitful punk scene.

The band was formed by vocalist David Thomas in June of 1974. Lots of musicians came and went, but the most productive was the gang of Thomas, Laughner, O'Connor, Bell and Madansky. They managed to produce some of the most gritty and biting proto-punk, influenced by the music of The Stooges and Cleveland psychopaths The Electric Eels. After Rocket From the Tombs was disbanded in 1975, Thomas and Laughner continued as Pere Ubu but unfortunately soon after, in 1977, Laughner passed away. O'Connor and Madansky formed Dead Boys, and Bell went to New Haven, CT where he formed punk band Saucers. A lot of the songs they performed in RFTT, like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Sonic Reducer", remained in the playlists of the newly-formed bands.

The reissue of most of RFTT's available material, ferociously dirty-sounding as it is, was done in 2002, on The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs. Such a collection was eagerly anticipated and well received. This prompted Thomas and his bandmates of the past to reform and to record Rocket Redux, a set of studio versions of RFTT songs, with the help of Television guitarist Richard Lloyd, who takes the place of Laughner, and also current Pere Ubu drummer Steve Mehlman.