Scott_Williams on 12/19/2009 at 01:35PM
Austin, Texas has got a lot to love if you're a music, bbq and concrete gorilla garden-gnome lover like me. And the assorted distorted musical minds of ST 37 measure their Austin roots back to the 13th Floor Elevators. Tapping into the future with furrows into gardens also visited by the Buttholes and Scratch Acid, ST 37 has arguably now achieved the status of greatest working surrealist psychedelic punk band in Texas.
ST 37 formally came together in 1987, as a collaborative project between several other Austin bands. Scott Telles, Joel and Carlton Crutcher, and Jon Torn (son of Rip) laid down the blueprint: a heavy devotion to Hawkwind, Chrome (from whose Alien Soundtracks they took their name), and the original Krautrock band of 5 (Neu, Kraftwerk, Amon Duul, Can, Ash Ra Temple). Lest the beards get too long, live sets always included covers by the likes of the Urinals and Aussie deviant Pip Proud. By the summer of 2000, Telles and the Crutchers remained, with new guys playing Theremins, guitars and more synths, to make their first visit to New York. While here, they stopped off at my WFMU show to play a set that was wasted, shambolic and visionary. They've agreed to freely share these tracks with us. Enjoy!
ST 37 live set on Scott's show, August 11 2000, here
ST 37 home page here