Universal Indians

Universal Indians

Profile:
The Universal Indians started in the winter of 1993. Reincarnated from the free skree ashes of the band Plants, U. I. began by merging simple songs with strong improvisational roots. The members = Gretchen Gonzales: guitar, Bryan Ramirez: guitar, vocals, John Olson: drums, saxophone.

The first live show was in March 1993. Soon after, the Universal Indians played nearly every weekend. Limited edition cassettes have been distributed at every show. The Indians were initially based around set lists and song structures. As the band developed, however, the majority of the recordings were improvised during basement shows with Gretchen on drums, John on guitar, and Bryan on guitar and vocal.

Bryan was kicked out of the band in the summer of 1997 for lack of enthusiasm and fell into the growing "torch & twang" scene. During this transition, the Universal Indians mixed things up a bit playing as a two piece and with various people around Lansing like Elias Harik on electronics, Kris Kazor and Sean Lyons on bass, Gretchen on guitar, vocals, and table-top guitar, and John Olson on drums, saxophone, and electronics. Many live recordings take place at the Creative tapes household and JB Badstones party palace.

In 1998 UI added ex Couch and Galen member Aaron "Mike Ephron" Dilloway as a full time member playing heavy freakout guitar and on headphone/reel to reel vocal menace. Faster and with a looming electronic pulse edge, the new improved UI is leaner and meaner than ever. Playing around Michigan the trio recorded the almighty "Thrist of the Worm" lp, the state's first mountain of unraveled meltdown of doom, throbbing the 4am braincells of the Michigan landscape, quivering and sweaty like the teeth of the dark rabid electro- rat. Dilloway strengthens the band and the label by merging the teenage weirdo dance thuggness of Hanson records to the holy blurred lofi skree of Complex & Creative American Tapes. The two labels have jointly merged to make Michigan the Midwest island of frothy weirdness, fueled by early crudoid techno and mentally retarded Czech hip hop. The Universal Indians continue to add handmade instruments to their loner late-night basement wall-of-doom world of stoned sound, covering the foggy heavy mountain.
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Universal Indians Discography Tracks

Albums

Gravitar / Universal Indians Gravitar / Universal Indians - Split MGOGM US 1995 Sell This Version
AM 22 Universal Indians From The Rocket Room 2 And Beyond(Cass, Ltd, Num, C46) American Tapes AM 22 US 1997 Sell This Version
none, Am-33 Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians - Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians(CD, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, American Tapes none, Am-33 UK 1997 Sell This Version
The Universal Indians* & Neil Campbell The Universal Indians* & Neil Campbell - Live In Pittsburg, Philly, Rochest., Detroit 1998 American Tapes US 2000 Sell This Version
AM100 Universal Indians Sloth Nest(LP, Ltd, Num) American Tapes AM100 US 2000 Sell This Version
AM157 The Universal Indians* Sound Of One Brain Dying Pt. Two(CDr, Ltd, Num) American Tapes AM157 US 2000 Sell This Version
KTR-002 Universal Indians Monster Approach(LP, Ltd) Killertree Records KTR-002 US 2005 Sell This Version
GOT 069 Universal Indians Half Born, Vol. 1(Cass, Ltd) Gods Of Tundra GOT 069 US 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ur010 Universal Indians Freak By Nature B/W Bought And Sold(7") Uprising Records (2) ur010 US 1995 Sell This Version
AM063 Universal Indians Thrist Of The Worm(12", S/Sided) American Tapes AM063 US 1998 Sell This Version

Videos

ktr-8 Universal Indians Bought + Sold (DVDr) Killertree Records ktr-8 US Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

AM006 Universal Indians Total City(Cass, Ltd) American Tapes AM006 US 1995 Sell This Version
AM062 Universal Indians / Neil Campbell Universal Indians / Neil Campbell - Tour 98(CDr, Ltd) American Tapes AM062 US 1998 Sell This Version
Univ Indn* Stakes & Guys American Tapes US 1999 Sell This Version
AM 78 The Universal Indians* M.I. Progressive(Cass, Ltd, C60) American Tapes AM 78 US 1999 Sell This Version
AM 80 Universal Indians Heavy Rock Spectacular(Cass, Ltd, C90) American Tapes AM 80 US 1999 Sell This Version
AM 90 Universal India's 99* Heavy Rock Spectacular II(Cass, Ltd, Num, C90) American Tapes AM 90 US 1999 Sell This Version
AM130 The Universal Indians* Sound Of One Brain Dying - Part 1(CDr, Ltd, Num) American Tapes AM130 US 2000 Sell This Version
AM 222 The Universal Indians* Flashback Vol One(CDr, Ltd, Num) American Tapes AM 222 US 2001 Sell This Version
AM 258 Universal Indians Flash Black Vol 3(Cass, Ltd, Num, C90) American Tapes AM 258 US 2002 Sell This Version
ES96:79 Universal Indians Towards Your Tomb(CDr) Xerxes ES96:79 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
AM241 The Universal Indians* Flashback Vol Two(CDr, Ltd, Num) American Tapes AM241 US 2002 Sell This Version
GOT 077 Universal Indians Half Born Vol. 2(Cass, Ltd) Gods Of Tundra GOT 077 US 2005 Sell This Version
none Universal Indians Recycled(Cass) RRRecords none US Unknown Sell This Version