Unbeknownst to even the most scholarly of ear-to-the-ground indie-rock geeks, Seattle's New Sweet Breath set up shop at the twilight of grunge's halcyon era. Immigrating from Lincoln, NE in the early '90s, the Graig Markel-helmed trio, also consisting of bassist Nicholas S. Rock and drummer Daze E. Hazel specialized in fuzzed-to-the-hilt, distorto indie-punk, coupling static-ridden noize with a melodic sensibility rivaling Superchunk and Husker Du. Each of their aforementioned singles were truly the best of both whirls, and their full-lengths were just as stimulating. I've presented the songs in chronological order to give you a sense of their creative and performance progression. "Broken Toys," the fifth track was only available on the vinyl version of their sophomore disk, Demolition Theatre, and from what I can tell that incarnation of the album is sold out (though the CD isn't).
Graig Markel has since pursued a solo career and now fronts the markedly different electronica endeavor The Animals at Night.
from: Supersound Speedway (1995, Ringing Ear Records)
01. Tales From a Loaded Gun
02. Big Stories
from: Demolition Theater (1996, Ringing Ear Records)
03. Reptillian Ink
04. Throw It All Away
05. Broken Toys (vinyl only)
from: Shotgun Down an Avalanche (1997, Big Top)
06. Hand Me Downs
07. Favorite Things
from: Acceleration & Distortion ep (1999, Mag Wheel)
08. New Disease