Back in the early ’90s, along with other Boston bands like the Swirlies and Fat Day, KUDGEL were among the primary purveyors of what along the way became known as chimp rock — a nasty, noisy, yet somehow beautiful mess of guitar-driven pop (somewhat debatable Wiki entry: CHIMP ROCK). They also carried the flag for AmRep-style fuck-you sludgepunk, and we will always love them for that. You know half of them now through Black Helicopter, who are signed via Thurston Moore to Universal Records. Which makes it high goddamn time that someone re-released their old shit, of which there wasn't a hell of a lot of in the first place. Enter the Midriff Recording Company, which is putting out Sea Monkee Plus Seven (Midriff), a reissue of their 1994 10-inch plus, uh, several newly unearthed tracks. The band are back in action, celebrating upstairs at the Middle East with the BEATINGS, POLARIS MINE, and PENDING DISAPPOINTMENT | 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.864.EAST.
Given that there were only 700 copies of Sea Monkey pressed (in 1994, vinyl only, by Doug Demay from Fat Day), their entire record will be brand new to almost everyone. Be that as it may, we couldn't resist posting an unearthed version of Mission of Burma's "Forget, which -- OK, OK -- would've been a little cooler if we'd put it up last night right before Burma played the Paradise. Sorry. About the second download: it's taken from the Kudgel homepage, which as either a wonderful joke or a throwback to a prehistoric era, is a one-song .wav file in all its 23-megabyte CD-quality glory. Hell fucking yes they did.
DOWNLOAD: Kudgel, "Forget" (mp3, Mission of Burma cover)DOWNLOAD: Kudgel, "15 Second Crush" (.wav)