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Austin, Texas, United States (1987 – 1999, 2008 – 2010, 2013 – present)

The Jesus Lizard is an American band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas, United States. They are “a leading band in the American independent underground…(who) turned out a series of independent records filled with scathing, disembowelling, guitar-driven pseudo-industrial noise, all of which received positive reviews in underground music publications and heavy college-radio play.”

After a brief run as a recording-only project based in Austin, founding vocalist David Yow, bassist David Wm. Sims and guitarist Duane Denison relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1989, finding kindred spirits in recording engineer Steve Albini and the Touch and Go Records imprint. With the addition of drummer Mac McNeilly, they began operating as a live band, expanding their following beyond Chicago’s alternative scene into an international audience. Drummer Jim Kimball replaced McNeilly late in 1996, and was himself replaced by Brendan Murphy two years later.

Despite releasing a split single with leading alt-rockers Nirvana and signing to Capitol Records, the band failed to find commercial success amid the explosion of the 1990s, and disbanded in 1999. Their reunion from 2008 to 2010 and following tour enjoyed positive responses from audiences and critics.

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  • mot00rzysta

    @brandnewshoe if you don't know that by now you will never ever know it

    16 Jun 4:57pm Reply
  • olin97

    Post-Hardcore would be a better definition

    15 Jun 11:49pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    I dont really see how this band is noise rock but maybe noise rock is defined differently than noise itself. This band is very good, I just don't see what about them is "noise" or related too it - compared to a group like Brainbombs they don't really make much of a racket and their playing is skilled and coordinated rather than sloppy and noisy. I'd say Alternative rock would work better since Alt Rock as a genre has more scope in what it can refer too, and thus can be applied to many different types of rock.

    8 Jun 11:09pm Reply
  • Vietmam

    your first mistake was to think you could fuck with the ranch

    24 May 9:40am Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    "Monkey Trick", "Gladiator", and "Thumbscrews" are the three best tJL songs.

    7 Apr 10:15pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Goat and Down, brandnewshoe. Well out of the albums I have, those are the best ones.

    15 Mar 10:22pm Reply
  • doctor_is_in

    Awesome profile pictures

    12 Mar 8:09am Reply
  • brandnewshoe

    What's their best album?

    9 Mar 10:12pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I am probably not the only one, but Beavis & Butthead got me into this band. :P

    4 Mar 3:56am Reply
  • A13F14

    'Slave Ship, alone, by itself, is heavier and more intimidating than most metal bands' That says more about the metal you're familiar with than it says about the Jesus Lizard.

    25 Jan 3:20am Reply
  • deathgripin

    Their genre is The Jesus Lizard [3]

    16 Jan 1:32pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I don't suppose it really matters that much, but I've always considered them to be Noise Rock. Certainly the first several records would fit pretty comfortably under that heading.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
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    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • helvettt

    Their genre is The Jesus Lizard [2]

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Le1gh

    Glamorous: http://youtu.be/U3tsTbavJBo

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    grunge is definitely the most misleading thing to call them out of any of the labels people throw at them though

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Their genre is The Jesus Lizard

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • PattyPierce

    omg this is phenomenal

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • elo4k

    это же лучшая группа в мире.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GoatUser

    Post-Hardcore would be a good replacement for Grunge, and alternative rock instead of alternative. Also, why do more people tag them with Chicago? They're from Texas.

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
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