Shudder to Think was both like and unlike every other band on Dischord. On one hand, they were such insiders that Ian MacKaye's sister Amanda's label Sammich released their first album, 1989's excellently emocore Curse, Spells, Voodoo Mooses, and the "It Was Arson" seven-inch. On the other, they grew to sound like nobody else, thanks to Craig Wedren's Broadway musical falsetto soaring over often egregiously odd song-forms. On their second album, Ten Spot, thin production undercut the band's still-developing art-rock, but the Funeral at the Movies EP contains the seven-minute "I Blew Away/Ride That Sexy Horse" (sort of Shudder's equivalent to Jane's Addiction's "Three Days"), a sketchy Hendrix cover ("Crosstown Traffic") and the utterly wonderful original "Red House," which was so good they remade it twice. The follow-up, Get Your Goat, is both further refined and stranger, but it ain't no "Red House."
By Philip Sherburne on 06.30.09 in Reviews
Any major-label debut from a band long signed to indie stalwarts Dischord was bound to raise eyebrows; Shudder to Think arched them sky-high with 1994's Pony Express Record. Coming-out parties have rarely sounded str...
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
Members of the '90s trio talk about their short but impactful run.
By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...