Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mother Country Death Rattle


Mother Country Death Rattle was a group that existed around the early to mid-nineties in Chicago...an overlooked gem from the no-wave scene. Their only existing recording is from the CIA Via UFO To Mercury compilation. I don't know anything about them aside from seeing them once (perhaps their last show?) in 1998 at 6Odum in Chicago. Under blaring fluorescent lights, the group comprised of Shriner-uniformed horn players in cartoonish plush monster masks assembled like a geriatric VFW band. If I remember right, there was a player dressed entirely like a plush cob of corn...maybe a carrot. Their sound was a wheezing funeral march. One of the best shows I ever saw.

Mother Country Death Rattle - Tarantula Spasm Stomp

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bucky Fong said...

Mr. Jubb0
The band you saw at Odum in 1998 was the Hog Butcher Caco Walkers. This was a band created by three of the original members of Mothercountry Deathrattle. The plush monster masks are correct, but we cannot take credit for the COrn on the Cob or Carrot. I believe we played that evening with Zeke Sheck & Her Cloud People, who may have had plush produce. Let me get in contact with you again soon regarding a passing along of musical selections to you.
The Plague Dr.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Hugo Claudin & Mexicains Sans Frontieres said...

I saw Mother Country Death Rattle in Grand Rapids MI in the courtyard of a place called The Enclave Cafe, I also enjoyed the show very much.

11:16 PM  

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