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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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  • 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
  • vividserenity

    "Post-Hardcore would be a good replacement for Grunge, and alternative rock instead of alternative." This makes more sense and seems more specific. I can get behind that: "post-hardcore alternative rock". :)

    23 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
  • HistoryOvHell

    grunge is definitely the most misleading thing to call them out of any of the labels people throw at them though [2]

    30 Sep 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
  • doctorjmo

    marty loves these guys!!

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • vividserenity

    I see all these people criticize about using the term "grunge" yet no one can come to a universal agreement on what TO use instead. Grunge is more specific of a sound than "alternative". Therefore, I'll just keep using and saying grunge. @horsiest - marketing concepts like this are helpful for music fans who want to find more music that sounds similar. It's useful.

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • kitchen_knife

    is it not elite enough for you

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MorbidParoxysm

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful. [4]

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful. [3]

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • horsiest

    "Grunge" is a marketing concept devised by Sub Pop Records. "Noise rock" is a marketing concept devised by Amphetamine Reptile Records. Hth

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • GoatUser

    I can't even wrap my head around how underrated all of these guys are as musicians

    2 May 2014 Reply
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