Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Rewind : A band to remember : HEAVY VEGETABLE

Who: Heavy Vegetable
Where: Encinitas, California
When: 1993 - 1995
Members: Rob Crowe - singer / guitar player ( Future member of Thingy + Pinback to name just a few), Eléa Tenuta - singer (later Thingy), Travis Nelson - bass, Manolo Turner - drummer
What: Swirlies gone math-rock. Those suffering from ADD take notice, practically all of their songs run under the 3 minute mark. Heavy Vegetable's music is a complex jigsaw puzzle composed of maddening and unpredictable time signatures nestled against tight male / female vocal harmonies.

I don't understand how a pre-Pinback band this fantastic could go so under appreciated for so long. Please do yourself a favor and check out any of the records mentioned below. Frisbie is my personal favorite.

Key Discrography:
*A Bunch of Stuff EP7 (The Way Out Sound) 1993
*The Amazing Undersea Adventures Of Aqua Kitty And Friends (Cargo, 1994)
* Frisbie (Cargo, 1995)
*Heavy Vegetable - picture disc 7" (HED 1995) 'Couch', 'Headrush', and live acoustic 'Crash', 'Excess'
*Eyesore - VA / A Stab At The Residents CD compilation (Vaccination Records Co 1996) 'Times Up' Residents cover
*Mondo Aqua Kitty : a collection of rarities and singles (Cargo, 2000)

Listen to samples here

ps: If anybody knows what the non-Rob Crowe members of Heavy Vegetable are up to these days, please post it in the comment section. Thanks!