Drunk Injuns

Drunk Injuns

From Where the Sun Now Stands I Will Fight No More, Forever

Alternative Tentacles

The elusive — and according to legend, dead — Drunk Injuns is one of those legendary bands that very few have actually heard. Alternative Tentacles, bless them, assume responsibility and release a compilation of the band’s 1983-’84 recordings, in what is either an act of pure love or evil irony. Wearing the ugliest masks to ever grace five faces, Drunk Injuns were the brain child of early-day Thrasher mag collaborator Marizen Foche aka Joey Headbone Restless Spirit, the man credited with coining the rarely used term “skate rock,” and surely one of punk’s most unique voices ever.

Although they’re skate and they’re punk, Drunk Injuns aren’t necessarily skate-punk. Their music is far too dark and repetitively churning for that, relying heavily on the dynamics of post-punk and kraut. Imagine Joy Division and Neu hanging out with The Dead Kennedys and early-day Chili Peppers, and you’re just about there, although there are few appropriate ways to accurately describe the possessed, haunted performances that the band gives. It’s insane and it’s weird but it’s also free-spirited, half-assed comic book punk, as fun as it is claustrophobic, half hippie and half punk. It’s great to hear those songs but one does understand why they haven’t been widely available up until now. Intriguing and relevant, but strangely unappealing as well. Worth looking up, but approach with caution.

Alternative Tentacles Records: http://www.alternativetentacles.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Bully
    Bully

    Bully greets Orlando with apathy and anger toward one of its theme parks. Jen Cray smiles and thinks, “Man, this band would have fit in well in the nineties!”

  • Luther Dickinson
    Luther Dickinson

    Blues & Ballads: A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Conway
    Conway

    Big Talk EP (Self-Released). Review by Jen Cray.

  • Freakwater
    Freakwater

    Scheherazade (Bloodshot Records). Review by James Mann.

  • The Haymarket Squares
    The Haymarket Squares

    Light It Up. Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • Ani DiFranco
    Ani DiFranco

    Years pass, and so do our legends, but one constant remains: there are always artists living and breathing that are worth your time and attention. Ani DiFranco is a major one, according to Jen Cray and a whole legion of fans.

  • Javier Escovedo
    Javier Escovedo

    Kicked Out Of Eden (Saustex Media). Review by James Mann.

  • Eszter Balint
    Eszter Balint

    Airless Midnight (Red Herring). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Arthur Lee and Love
    Arthur Lee and Love

    Real to Reel (High Moon Records). Review by Al Pergande.

  • The Rentiers
    The Rentiers

    Here is a List of Things That Exist EP / Black Metal Yoga 7″ (Square of Opposition Records/Death to False Hope Records). Review by Jen Cray.

From the Archives