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Team Dresch

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Olympia WA, United States (1993 – 1998, 2004 – present)

Team Dresch is an American band from Portland, Oregon. Originally formed in Olympia, Washington in 1993, they performed and recorded in the 1990s and made a significant impression on the DIY punk movement , as well as on the independent music scene. The band disbanded in 1998 before reforming in 2004. Team Dresch continues to perform.

The line up of the group for their first album was Kaia Wilson, vocals and guitar; Jody Bleyle, guitar, bass, and vocals; Donna Dresch, bass and guitar; and Marci Martinez on drums. All were veterans of other musical outfits; Donna Dresch had previously played and recorded with such bands as Dinosaur Jr., Dangermouse, Screaming Trees, Rastro!, Fifth Column, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Lois, Mary Lou Lord and The Go Team; Jody Bleyle was simultaneously in the bands Hazel and Lovebutt while playing in Team Dresch; Kaia Wilson had been in the band Adickdid and Marci Martinez in Calamity Jane. Scott Plouf, then of The Spinanes, now of Built to Spill was the drummer on the first 7”.

Donna Dresch, founder of the band, had been involved in the queercore scene in the late eighties and early nineties as creator of her own fanzine Chainsaw and, in addition to contributing to other zines such as Outpunk and J.D.s, she contributed to and was featured on the cover of issue five of Homocore and appeared in the girl-gang film The Yo-Yo Gang by G.B. Jones.

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