THE BREEDERS -THINGS HAPPEN. 8 song cassette released 1985. Illinois' own 80's DIY punks..nearly wiped from the face of Midwest rock history...Champaign's original Zen Punks.
The Breeders evolved out of Two-Fat --a punk/ska cover band formed by CU high schoolers Ted Purves and the Peltz brothers (15 year old Jonno on drums and 17 year old James on guitar). In 1983, the band re-formed as a power trio with Andrew VanDusen on guitar and vocals and decided to concentrate on original material and a more distilled, harder sound. A year later they added second guitarist Glenn Graham. After renaming themselves (the) Breeders, they recorded the now much fetishized Zen Punk 45 EP, and fought for recognition/gigs in the 80's music landscape dominated by hair metal and oldies frat rock bands. They created their own scene, booked their own shows in far flung bars and church basements, eventually playing with bands such as X, The Minutemen, Articles of Faith, Offenders, M.I.A. and Tales of Terror, as well as with bands who remain only as whispered legends of downstate punk/post-punk rock, including the Nameless Dread, the Didjits, Ack-Ack and the Blood Farmers.
released April 25, 2013
Andrew VanDusen-vocals , guitar
Glenn Graham-guitar, saxaphone
Ted Purves-bass, vocals
Recorded February 1985 at Elm Street Studio, Urbana, IL. Engineered by Dave Ryan and Bill Webber. Empty Handed recorded live at Chico's mixed by Ken Golub. Original cover art by Phil VanDusen. Photos by Barb Auhll. All songs copyright 1985 by Breeder Tunes BMI. Special thanks to: Dave Goins, Mark Bajuk, Charlie Edwards, Mick Black, Will Purves, Jonno's Mom and Dad, MIA.
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