Remastered and repackaged reissue of the legendary BITCH MAGNET's seminal and critically acclaimed three albums - Star Booty, Umber, and Ben Hur. The package includes all three albums, plus more than a half dozen rare and previously unreleased tracks, a total of 34 songs, remastered from the original, restored analog master tapes.
BITCH MAGNET was formed at Oberlin College in 1986. 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. 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.
The Ohio trio Bitch Magnet, named with knowing naughtiness back in a lamentably lost PC world, recorded from 1988 to 1990, and in that two year period plied hardcore punk with a whole new palette of post-rock possibilities. Here's everything you need on three discs, in advance of two belated British dates next week. Escape velocity belters lie down alongside snail paced crawls of monumental hugeness; complex prog rock time changes play out like cro-magnon Stooges riffs; extended epics refuse, insolently, to resolve; and two decades later, Ducks and Drakes' spiky stegosaurus shell still hides a deceptively soft centre. - Stewart Lee5/5