TIM KERR :
GUITAR, SLIDE, VOCALS, HARMONICA
TOM PRICE :
GUITAR, VOCALS, XYLOPHONE
STEVE TURNER :
MARK ARM :
VOCALS, PIANO, SYNTHJUG, GUITAR
MARTIN BLAND :
DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS
The Monkeywrench biography
The Monkeywrench came together in 1991 after Mark Arm and Steve Turner of the classic Seattle band Mudhoney met Tim Kerr, the guitarist for DIY bands such as the Big Boys,Poison 13,Lord High Fixers,etc...After Steve and Mark explained what fans they were of his days with Poison 13, Tim mentioned there were more songs that had not been recorded from Poison 13 and maybe they could get together to record sometime.Mark took that idea and ran with it and after talking with SubPop, Mark put the band together. Tim would handle guitar duties; Mark would play piano, harmonica and sing; and Steve would pick up the bass since it was obvious that Tom Price would have to be the other guitar player. Tom had played in the great Seattle band the U-Men.They had come to texas and played with Poison 13 in the day and brought that music back up to Seattle. The lineup was completed with the addition of Australian drummer Martin Bland, known for his work with groups like Lubricated Goat, the Primevils, and Bloodloss. The latter of these bands also included Mark on vocals and guitar.
The Monkeywrench was intended to be a sort of one time, one LP band.After sending tapes back and forth of the then forgotten Poison 13
songs Tim was flown up to Seattle where the band practiced for a week, the reworked songs and then went into Egg Studios in Seattle with
producer Conrad Uno recording their first LP, Clean as a Broke-Dick Dog.The album was released in 1992, along with a 7" that included two tracks from the LP -- "Bottle Up & Go" and "Cold Cold World" -- as well as a song titled "Out of Focus all paid for and put out by SubPop, One show was played which led to another then another but the band never made it down to Texas or anywhere else other than Seattle.There was also split 7" of the Germs' song "Shut Down" on Gasatanka Records in late 1995. The song also appeared on that year's tribute album to the Germs, titled "A Small Circle of Friends," on
Grass Records. On a side note, while in Seattle, Tim first met Dave Crider who was playing guitar with the Monomen during this time which led to Tim's connection with Estrus and a strong friendship with Dave.He helped produce many of the label's bands, as well as joining
their roster in groups like Lord High Fixers, Jack O'Fire, and TotalSoundGroup. This period also led to SubPop releasing all of the old Poison 13 recordings (Wine Is red Poison Is Blue) sometime in the mid 90s.
When Matt Lukin left Mudhoney in 98/99, Mark and Steve contacted Tim about getting together again to play at the then annual Estrus Garage
Shock that Dave and his wife Bekki put on.The practice and show was so much fun that it was decided to record another record. After more
tapes back and forth, they went into the Private Radio Studios in November of 1999 with Jack Endino and Tim/and band doing the recording
duties. Two singles, and 2000's Estrus release Electric Children were the result . Shows were booked and Monkeywrench finally played
Texas.This was also the period that Monkeywrench was asked to played with PearlJam at Wembley .The Pearljam shows led to the release of the live at Wembley record.
--And then time passed way...--
The next album Gabriels Horn released (February 25,) 2008. I talked with Tim Kerr and Mark Arm about it."The story behind the long wait is a long and boring one, but I'll tell it anyway..."
I think that it's not boring at all:
"Monkeywrench became very active after Matt lukin left Mudhoney. We wrote and recorded Electric Children, played a bunch of shows
(well, for Monkeywrench) and we recorded 8 more songs in the summer of 2001 in Austin. We figured all we had to do was get together and record 3 or 4 more songs and we would have a complete album. Steve and I didn't foresee that we would get sidetracked by Mudhoney."
"I think it was more like 2002/2003 that we recorded at Sweatbox in Austin. At the time, that was going to be the next release but I think
Mark was worried that there were not enough songs for a full length and yep, we got sidetracked before we recorded again. They would always have to wait for me to be coming up to Seattle to record a band and then maybe MonkeyWrench could get together to work on new stuff and then finally record and then finally mix with the help of Johnny Sangster.I know we were all pretty proud of the record."
"Time passed way too quickly before we recorded a couple of more songs. By then Dave Crider at Estrus was slowing way down and he suggested that it would be better for us if we released the record on another label.
Luckily, our good friends at Birdman were willing to release a record by a band that hardly ever gets together, much less plays live."
"Tim Kerr told me about 4-5 weeks ago that record is finnished but cover art not..."
"We entrusted a friend of ours, Tim Silbaugh, who is great graphic designer,to help us with the art work. The trouble here is that Tim is very
busy with work that he gets paid for and he didn't have much time between jobs to work on the Monkeywrench album. The artwork is finally done and it looks great. The cover of Gabriel's Horn is drawing by Tim Kerr. The rest was put together by Tim Silbaugh and the whole thing looks great."
"As of june 2008, the record has been out a couple of months and there is talk of a tour or tours maybe in the fall but with this group you
never know what is going to happen next or when if ever because everyone has other things going on."
Check up also: Tom Price notes on right, (under the Gabriels Horn record information)
One of Valley King Records upcoming releases is a 10" for The Monkeywrench!
More information as soon as i get one...
Coming up shows:
Photos by Niffer Calderwood
First part of bio is The Re-Edited and Real Version of The Alt.MusicGuide.!
Interview part by M.Anttila
The Monkeywrench Discography
Bottle Up And Go
Sub Pop SP139
Up And Go
Cold World (No Organ)
First pressing on transparent red vinyl. Also on pink marble vinyl. Red is more common, and was the first pressing.
split 7-inch with HOLEZ
(Dutch East 1995)
Gasatanka Records DEI9037-7
Holez: Circle 1
Monkeywrench : Shotdown
This was intended as a sampler for the forthcoming "A Small Circle Of Friends" tribute compilation, but the full-length didn't see release until 1996. (Awh and The Holez were the Hole plus Pat Smear on guitar...)
Sugar Man / The Busher
7-inch ( 2000)
Estrus Records (ES7149)
That Trip You're On / 6:10 Phoenix
In The Red Recordings (ITR 073)
Recorded at Private Radio.
"45" Solar Revelations / L.I.E.S.
Heat Wave International (HTKY-50428)
Trippin' Elephant Records (TERNG-018)
Split with Immortal Lee County Killers
Bronx Cheer Records (3,000,002 BC)
The Monkeywrench "Levitation"
Immortal Lee County Killers "Goin Down South"
"Levitation" originally by 13th Floor Elevator
Includes label catalog insert.
Clean As A Broken Dick Dog
CD Sup Pop (SP129b and SPCD 29/184)
MC Sub Pop (SP129a)
LP Sub Pop (SP129 and SP 29/184)
On purple swirl, Blue, White vinyl
Estrus Records (ES1269D)
Trippin' Elephant Records (COCB-50270)
Sweet Nothing Records (SNCD005)
Estrus Records (ES1269)
...And One Really Nervous Guy LP
Trade Mark Of Quality (TM Q 5400)
All songs recorded live at Wembley, London, UK 2000. Pressed on clear and black vinyl with different colored cover insertsand limited to 600 copies. Green cover (Pressed on black and clear vinyl )Pink cover. (Pressed on clear vinyl)
(Birdman Records BMR-104)
Bang! Records (BANG!-LP61)
Reissue, 180 gram
note: 25 Feb 2008 CD only release “Gabriel’s Horn” (Birdman Records) and now, years later, 2012, Bang! Records is reissuing it on vinyl.
"Gabriel's Horn was a fun album to make. We recorded most of the songs in Austin, some in a buddy's basement in Seattle, a couple other places, too. There was a loose, experimental atmosphere to it. Mark, in particular, was on a total roll; I mean "Crystal Brown Vibration", "Black Plastic Tarp", where the hell was that coming from?? And "Sunnyland", in my opinion, that's one of his greatest vocal performances ever; also Martin, at the time, was going completely off the deep end with his 'randomized control trial' sound production techniques, and Tim was extra relaxed in his hometown studio, with engineers who were used to his jab-a-screwdriver-in-it-and-see-what-happens approach….. I think we successfully caught a really creative period on tape, with a nice Texasy garage-psych feel to it. I'm glad it finally came out on vinyl, it has a little warmer sound, and the cover art, by Tim K. and our pal Tim Silbaugh, looks great in the bigger format."
Note (CD version)
Two golden stickers on sleeve:
"Monkeywrench, 17 year anniversary release featuring Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Steve Turner (Mudhoney), Tim Kerr (Poison 13, Big Boys), Martin Bland (Lubricated Goat), Tom Price (Gas Huffer)"
"The Correct sequence" -then there's the tracklist and "Keep this sticker for relerence"
The track listing on the art work and the sticker are both wrong. These are the correct song titles in the correct order:
1. LOW ON AIR
2. PRAY TIL YOU SWEAT
3. THAT'S WHAT YOU GET
4. GABRIEL'S HORN
5. BLACK PLASTIC TARP
6. FLASHY NEW DANCE STEPS
7. CRYSTAL BROWN VIBRATIONS
10. GABRIEL'S HORN (SLIGHT RETURN)
11. HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY
12. OPEN YOUR ARMS
13. ON YOUR ARRIVAL
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