Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Solution Unknown - "Aggressive Fish/Karen" LP

Those of you familiar with American indie rock are already more than familiar with the legendary Slint - the little Louisville band that captured the hearts of people all over the world with little more than their 1991 LP, 'Spiderland'. Seriously, this timeless piece of vinyl (or aluminum, if you're so inclined) will move you as much now as it did then. Anyhow, the seeds of Slint were sown in the punk rock scene of the 80's, and a large part of Slint's history lies in a long-forgotten punk band called Solution Unknown. Featuring future indie stars David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M, etc. etc., now of Dead Child) and Todd Brashear (Slint, Palace Brothers, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), as well as vocalist Eric Schmidt, bassist Kent Chappelle, and guitarist Mike Bucayu, Solution Unknown released one (highly limited) vinyl LP, titled 'Aggressive Fish/Karen' (though my copy makes no such proclamation).

The group existed from about 1986 to 1988 (with their final show opening for the mighty Chicago aggro-punk act Naked Raygun), and aside from a 7" single (and a comp appearance), this LP was the sole recorded output of Solution Unknown, and although a thorough compilation CD was released in 1996, it's impossible to find, as well. So without further fluff, here's the LP, as transferred from my original vinyl LP.

Solution Unknown LP download

Deeper bio

Pajo's new band, Dead Child, can be seen gigging around L-ville and beyond on occasion. I'll be catching them live one of these days, so expect a report at some point!

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