The arty noise-rock band Rubberbullet was formed in Dallas in 1993 by drummer Earl Harvin, who has also served as a session and tour drummer (Seal, The The, MC 900 Ft. Jesus) and the leader of his own jazz quartet (his releases for Leaning House include 1995's Trio/Quartet and 1997's Strange Happy, with Dave Palmer). Rubberbullet's members originally included guitarists Aaron Berlin (who has also played with Slowpoke) and Richard Paul, bassist Johnathan Mulkey, and vocalist Beth Clardy, who had never previously performed with a band. Combining noisy free-jazz guitar freakouts with tribal rhythm section work behind Clardy's vocal rants, the band built a following around the Dallas area; the Grinning Bitches EP was released in 1994 on Last Beat Records. Clardy subsequently left the band and relocated to Chicago, but returned the next year, while bassist Mulkey was replaced by Dan Kyrk. As Clardy's vocals improved, the band slowly edged toward a more standard modern-rock sound, culminating in the release of a full-length, self-titled debut.
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