Bastro

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Bastro was post-punk band formed by guitarist/vocalist David Grubbs in 1987 while he was attending college at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He was initially joined by bassist Dan Treado but the union was brief and Grubbs soon invited his childhood friend Clark Johnson to fill the role (Grubbs and Johnson had previously both been members of the band Squirrel Bait in their native Louisville, KY while in high school). The group's first EP, "Rode Hard and Put Away Wet" featured the duo accompanied by a drum machine. Later, drummer John McEntire joined the band. This line-up released two albums, "Diablo Guapo" and "Sing The Troubled Beast". Johnson left the group after the latter release to focus on law school and Grubbs and McEntire, who had relocated to Chicago, were joined by bassist Bundy K. Brown. Feeling limited by their format and dynamic, Grubbs put the Bastro name to rest and would re-group with Brown to write and perform the first Gastr Del Sol album (with contributions from McEntire) in 1993. Brown and McEntire would also co-found the post-rock group Tortoise.
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HMS111-1 Bastro - Rode Hard And Put Up Wet album art Bastro Rode Hard And Put Up Wet (MiniAlbum) Homestead Records HMS111-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
HMS132-1 Bastro - Diablo Guapo album art Bastro Diablo Guapo (Album) Homestead Records HMS132-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
HMS164-1 Bastro - Sing The Troubled Beast album art Bastro Sing The Troubled Beast (Album) Homestead Records HMS164-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
PCD-23591 Bastro - Antlers: Live 1991 album art Bastro Antlers: Live 1991 Blue Chopsticks PCD-23591 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HMS131-7 Bastro - Shoot Me A Deer / Goiter Blazes album art Bastro Shoot Me A Deer / Goiter Blazes(7") Homestead Records HMS131-7 US 1989 Sell This Version
GR 0171 Bastro - A L'ombre De Nous album art Bastro And Codeine Bastro And Codeine - A L'ombre De Nous Sub Pop GR 0171 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
PIG-3 Bastro - Nothing Special / Flesh-Colored House album art Bastro / My Dad Is Dead Bastro / My Dad Is Dead - Nothing Special / Flesh-Colored House(7", Single, Ltd, Spl) Clawfist PIG-3 US 1991 Sell This Version

Compilations

PCD-23590 Bastro - Sing The Troubled Beast / Diablo Guapo album art Bastro Sing The Troubled Beast / Diablo Guapo (Comp) Drag City PCD-23590 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

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JulesBonnot1912

JulesBonnot1912

August 13, 2019
"One can only wonder why Bastro never acheived any popularity during their brief existence"
Not really ... most (post-)punk bands were on the way out in the late 80's and Homestead Records didn't have much new on the roster. Squirrel Bait disbanded (I guess Kentucky was never a hotspot when it comes to punk). And by the time Bastro stopped, the commercial kind of punk took over (think Nirvana, Offspring, Green Day, NOFX) and nobody paid attention to these bands anymore. Only in hindsight they are appreciated.
Btw Louisville KY has (at least) one other great band: Sweet Diesel ...
Oldmotherhell

Oldmotherhell

August 3, 2014
Incredible group; arguably one of the greatest bands from the post-hardcore era.
phaks

phaks

June 2, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Hey Alastis > One can only wonder why Bastro never acheived any popularity during their brief existence <-- right!
> to vent your frustration < i think it's more than that. the music is just extremely ecstatic + structured + noizy. Rode Hard - really brutal stuff, american drum-mashine-punk a la Big Black with hyperspeed guitars. Diablo Guapo - very clever noise punk with a fantastic drummer and a jazzy groove sometimes. Sing The - very clever noise punk, Diablo part 2.
there's a live recording of 1989 in the internet. find it. updated 2018
Alastis

Alastis

March 29, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
One can only wonder why Bastro never acheived any popularity during their brief existence. This is a supergroup of sorts, as it consisted of future members of bands like Tortoise and Gastr Del Sol. This, however, is far removed from both of them - its a straight up rock/hardcore with a hint of noise, not terribly different from bands like Big Black, but not being a clone/rip-off of other noise-rock bands either. Excellent stuff to vent your frustration.

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