Steel Pole Bath Tub

Lurch/Butterfly Love

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Steel Pole Bath Tub is the morphinated equivalent of Swervedriver feedback-funk. Or a low-pitched rock hammock swaying over hardcore underage America. Either way, they're an interesting bunch of Montanans who frequently get the grunge tag, but play a more esoteric, Dinosaur Jr.-goes-metal style of indie music. From goth temple drumming to bassist Dale Flattum's L7 vocal fixations, Lurch/Butterfly Love is a wonderful cliché-ridden pileup of unproven ability, nonsense noise put through a staggered pace and the band's own beliefs in a pre-Seattle, free-market music scene. If Steel Pole Bath Tub is nothing to shout about, the band shouts about it well.

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