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.
:: JERK WITH A BOMB
Pyrokinesis // Scratch, 2002
Before they scaled mountaintops and colored them pink and black with newfound comrades in arms, East Vancouver’s Stephen McBean and Josh Wells were a duo dodging men in uniform, running with thieves and committing acts of corporate sabotage in the streets of their crooked city. Jerk With A Bomb searched for signs of love and hope underneath “the bloody weight of history,” and the pair eventually let other musicians into its strict guitar-and-drums universe (including multi-instrumentalist Christoph Hofmeister on Pyrokinesis).
Catching Up: Shortly after the release of Pyrokinesis, JWAB began adding members and morphed into Black Mountain, whose 2005 self-titled debut led to a tour opening for Coldplay. Black Mountain, which released follow-up In The Future in 2008, has spawned a cottage industry of spin-offs, including Pink Mountaintops, Blood Meridian, Ladyhawk, Sinoia Caves and Lightning Dust.
“To The Graves”: