25 years ago a Louisville band called Rodan released the only record they’d make in their two year tenure. Rusty would become one of those records that launched a thousand very fucking good bands in the 90’s, an historical moment in real need of poets and punks and beautiful freaks who could render some sense and beauty out of the cultural grey water.
So here we are, and we still need a match and something that burns furious and long in the dark, and so, BAM! Surprise: newly discovered Rodan tapes have been pulled out of a secret time release vault in the floor of the Hat Factory in Baltimore, the studio where Rodan recorded early versions of the songs that would comprise Rusty. These fluid, energetic prototypes ring out like raw power emerging from a cocoon in the ground, like the twenty-five year brood of a very rare, winged insect shaking off the soil and–finally, blessedly–flying right into your ear.
All proceeds will support Girls Rock Louisville which aims to empowers girls, trans (regardless of identity) and gender non-conforming youth from all backgrounds by exploring music creation in a supportive, inclusive environment. GRL views music as a force for change and community building and as an opportunity to develop self-confidence, self-expression, and involvement in social justice.
- Joseph Manning Louisville, KY 2019
1. Bible Silver Corner
2. the Everyday World of Bodies
3. Jungle Jim
4. IRS (Gauge)
Notes on the recording:
Recorded sometime in the first half of the year 1993 at the Hat Factory in Baltimore by Forrest (Tony) French.
Tapes rescued and transferred to digital by Adam Reach in 2015.
Remixed and Mastered by Keven Ratterman in 2019.
This recording of Exoskeleton appeared previously on How the Winter Was Passed (three little girls records).
These songs were appeared on a tour cassette called Aviary which included the original 5 songs recorded at the Hat Factory in 1992 with Jon Cook on Drums.
Tracks 1-4 were recorded again in late 1993 by Bob Weston.
With Kevin Coultas on Drums they became the most of the album Rusty (quarterstick records).