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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (1993 – 2005, 2009 – present)

Innovators of the then-emerging ‘sadcore’ movement in indie rock in the 1990s, Chokebore are responsible for at least two indie rock masterpieces. The eclectic rock group consisted of guitarist Jonathan Kroll, drummer Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo, vocalist Troy Von Balthazar and bassist James Kroll. They formed in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the early ’90s, where they were known as Dana Lynn. In 1992 the band moved to L.A. in hopes of getting better gigs, and took on the Chokebore name. Shortly after the move, they were signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1993, based on a demo tape the band had submitted.

Chokebore released their debut single Nobody/Throats and their first full-length Motionless later that year. Their changing tempos and moody outbursts were unlike many other Amrep bands at the time, but their more furious and quicker paced moments aligned themselves just enough. They toured with Guzzard and Today Is The Day as well as with other more well-known likeminded bands, including the Butthole Surfers, Samiam, Girls Against Boys and Nirvana.

They earned a strong following in Europe, in support of 1995’s Anything Near Water and A Taste for Bitters, which were recorded and engineered in France. 1998s Black Black, was a portrait of the band’s darker side; lonliness, depression, death and sadness recurring themes. This LP is widely accepted in the rock underground to be a true masterpiece. The album was released on AmRep’s European Boomba Records, but wasn’t released stateside for another year, finally finding a home on Unwound’s Punk In My Vitamins label.


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