EDIT: This post was whack and needed completely redone, to pay homage to yet another one of the great ones to come out of Humboldt County California. (08/18/18)
Another Saturday night, and not much going on except for this. No head phones tonight, got the tunes blasting, which around her could happen anytime within a 24 hour period. I don’t sleep for shit anyway, so when I don’t, may as well spin some records. So much to spin, I don’t know how many records I have, maybe 2000, but I did finally order some proper storage units from IKEA. It’ll be so much easier to access that one specific record my little brain tells me to play at whatever moment…ahhh haaa!
What Humboldt post wouldn’t without a pic of Pete. Photo by Lamar Miles, a Humboldt denizen, I don’t think I’ve had the please of meeting, he took a helluva good picture. I did meet Pete of course, his squeaky Spanish accent stands out in my memory, but nothing else. I wonder if he’s still around?
So, Couch of Eureka…listening to this fantastic album as I type. They started playing as I was making my exit from Humboldt County, so I don’t recollect ever seeing them play. They were featured here at the Relics before on the Behind the Redwood Curtain 7″. There a nice write up on Sonic Hits…”Originally penned “Couch,” Couch of Eureka was a punk band that formed in the summer of ’93 in the burned-out industrial town Eureka, CA. The group consisted of Sara Gambin (vocals), Bandon Taylor (drums), Brandon Bay (guitar), and Chris Colland (vocals). Colland was meanwhile several other bands of local fame such as the Cosmetic Puffs (with Aaron Cometbus), Thee Audio Lobotomies (with Ethan Miller), Audio Wreck, Eureka Garbage Company, Heroin Glowbugs, and Hookah. Having lost their drummer but gained his cousin Kris Cunningham, they put out some modest recordings, and subsequently embarked on a few small tours, the band was eventually forced to add the suffix “of Eureka” to their moniker when they faced a possible lawsuit by the Ann Arbor, MI. band of the same name. Couch of Eureka soon signed to Lookout! Records, then run by founder Larry Livermore, and in 1995 released their debut 7” entitled “This Life?” which included a cover of Wire’s “Three Girl Rhumba.” A year later they released their full length, Year of the Zombie, which was produced by Greg Freeman, a man known for having worked with groups such as Smog, Pell Mell, and The Thinking Fellers Local Union 242. The vinyl issue of “Year of the Zombie” was limited to 1000 copies, while the CD version contained 4 of the 5 recordings previously released on their 7″. Later in ’96 they contributed their track “I got the Boom” to the Lookout! Records compilation “Heidi Sez…” which included tracks by artists such as Mr. T Experience, Groovie Ghoulies, The Queers, and Pansy Division.”
I remember Sara Gambin (Sister of the late great Chris Gambin), we took a music class together I think she also played the saxophone. A wonderful person and like the rest of the band, extremely talented. I did some looking ’round on the interwebs, and hmmm, the Lookout Records link to the band is dead (wonder if there’s a story behind that. Hangover Heart Attack has this record for download from way back when I originally wrote the shit that was this post. I don’t know what to call these guys, discogs lists them as Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Punk…hahhahaah, I would never list a band as alt rock unless I didn’t want you to listen to ’em…they are definitely not that! I think where I’ll leave it at, is 90’s post-punk like you could only get from Humboldt County…
Numb And Screwed
Year Of The Zombie
I’m In Trouble
I Got The Boom
Styx Bridge Toll
Go Get Your Own Death