They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may have broken up or the albums may be out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are some of the finest albums that time forgot but we remembered in issue #75, plus all-new additions to our list of Lost Classics.
:: CAUSTIC RESIN
The Medicine Is All Gone // Alias, 1998
Was it irony? At a time when classic rock was definitely not hip, Boise, Idaho’s Caustic Resin came out swinging the hammer of the freedom-rock gods with the strength and resolve of seven Melvins. Led by former Built To Spill member (and Charles Manson look-alike) Brett Netson, Caustic Resin peaked with third album The Medicine Is All Gone, a soundtrack for your next heroin withdrawal. From ringing power-riff opener “Cable” to a cover of Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up,” Medicine reeks of damaged lives and desperate situations. Was all this drama real? MAGNET reached Netson by phone for a 1998 interview at a drug-abuse treatment facility.
Catching Up: Caustic Resin’s last album came out in 2003. (Ironically, it bore the title Keep On Truckin’.) Netson has toured as a member of Built To Spill and Mark Lanegan’s band and formed Reversion, a psych-noir duo with classically trained marimba player Erin Jorgensen.