Sleepytime Trio - Memory Minus (1998)
Second act from the amazing Maximillian Colby guys. Originally started as a project band by Drew Ringo of Max Colby with Ben Davis and Jonathan Fuller, they later became a full time band after the death of Max Colby bassist Bob Baynor. Dave Nesmith, also from Max Colby, then joined as second guitar and the band began touring. It is no suprise then that Sleepytime Trio sounds more like an extension of Max Colby as opposed to an entirely new entity. But nonetheless, the trio (actually a quattro) did maintain a certain sense of slinty dynamic that was ever so present in Mac Colby, and is something the band spent more time cultivating. The seething tension that exists in these songs is apparent from the first notes. Occasional frantic bursts of jazzy, noise damaged rock and hardcore spew through the murk and decay of the desconstructed riffs, sounding on one hand like a great release and on the other as a cacaphonous overload. Safety is not guaranteed. The drumming sounds like a vile sea, tossing and turning, daring you to lose your lunch on these slippery decks. While remaining hardcore enough to fit in with the genre as a whole, the dynamic presence of all the writers sets the Sleepytime Trio far apart from the rest of their peers, placing them on the same pedestals that their experimental forefathers Drive Like Jehu, Slint and Rodan occupy.
Memory Minus combines all of the bands work into one discography as well as songs from a live show that arent necessarily terrible. It was released on Lovitt Records, out of Virginia. Members of the band went on to form Engine Down, Denali, Rah Brahs, Milemarker and Bats and Mice. All of the bands above can also be found on the Lovitt site.
Big Thanks to 'nick' for a proper full link.