A sinus cleaning din that flips you upside down, shakes the keys from your pockets and then drops you headfirst to the astroturf. The top of the pre-post rock Chicago sound - often unfairly compared to the Jesus Lizard, Big Black, etc, this sounds far more stoned and spooky. "Fresh Breath" are their swan songs - before Al and Mark got to U.S. MAPLE. What were you doing while Mark was playing guitar?
Though both are recorded by Steve Albini, this version of "Kaput" differs from the one found on the "Fresh Breath" EP.
The now out of print 10" came with a "big hole" requiring one of those pesky 7" adapters!
The cover art was painted by Kurt Kiesel, who would later come to fame as the premiere actor in the Oops(!) indoors festivals, playing beloved characters such as Dirty Dog and Straight-Edge Santa. At the very first Oops, Shorty played their final show.
Al and Mark would soon return with their new band, U.S. Maple.
Released by SKiN GRAFT Records.
released June 23, 1994
Al Johnson: vocals
Mark Shippy: guitar
Luke Frampton: bass
Todd Lamparelli: drums
John Forbes: vocals
Produced by Steve Albini
Cover art by Kurt Kiesel and Mark Shippy