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
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
, Girls Against Boys
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.
The band released It's a Miracle
in 2002, which saw the band slightly less concerned with strict-cohesion of the aethetics and some songs were looser than on past releases (i.e. Ciao L.A.
is perhaps the most straightforward 'rock' track the band has ever put to tape). The live album A Part From Life
was released in 2003 and the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2005. The singer/guitar player Troy recorded a solo album and it was released in early 2006.
Chokebore came together late 2009 after several years a part for a European tour early in 2010.
Johnee Kop (1993 - 1995)
Mike Featherson (1997 - 1999)
Official Website: http://www.chokebore.net
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