Plain White Toast

Plain White Toast was a Cleveland-based hard-edged/art band primarily active from 1987-1990. Their major influences at the time were: The Cure, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Hüsker Dü, Sisters of Mercy, New Order, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Loop, etc. Founders Brad Hackley (guitar) and Moz (vocals) formed the outfit in early 1986 along with Ron Hazeloop (bass) and Scott Wolf (drums). Upon Wolf's departure, Hackley recruited drummer Brian Silickas; shortly after, Cam joined for a short stint as bassist. PWT entered the Beat Farm Recording studio in the late spring of '87 to begin work on their self-titled debut EP and performed in their first-ever gig at the Beat Farm Festival that summer. Mixing was not even completed on the recording when Cam was replaced by bassist Dave Hackley. The bass work was re-recorded and the main core of Plain White Toast was set.

Throughout 1988-89, PWT played regularly in Cleveland at Pat's in the Flats, plus a few show at The Phantasy and Symposium as well as Cleveland Public Theater, Studio-A-Rama (7-22-89) at Case Western Reserve University and a show in Toledo (Numbers). Sue Hackley also joined the band onstage on many occasions to play oboe. During this period, the band begin recording their second EP Styles and Distortion at Modern Recording Services. By this time, frontman Moz made his exit and a new era began.

During late 1989-91, Plain White Toast worked as a trio with brothers Brad and Dave taking over vocal duties. Again, Mike Brady occasionally augmented the band on keyboards. PWT continued to gig; in addition to local shows, they performed in Chicago (Zsar Bar), Murfreesboro, TN (in some hole-in-the-wall near Middle Tennessee State University) and New York City (CBGB's!). Their final EP November Twister was also recorded during this time at Magnetic North Recording. Drummer Silickas departed from the band in October 1991, thus ending an era. Brad and Dave continued the band for a short time after…



SVR-033a Plain White Toast - The Studio Sessions album art Plain White Toast The Studio Sessions(CD) St. Valentine Records SVR-033a Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SVR-027 Plain White Toast - Styles and Distortion album art Plain White Toast Styles and Distortion(7", EP) St. Valentine Records SVR-027 US 1989 Sell This Version
SVR-026 Plain White Toast - Temptations Of Driving / Alone In The Home album art Plain White Toast Temptations Of Driving / Alone In The Home(7") St. Valentine Records SVR-026 US 1989 Sell This Version