|Genres||Grindcore, stoner rock|
|Labels||Shock, Dr Jims, Relapse|
|Associated acts||The Day Everything Became Nothing
Burn The City
|Past members||Finn Almann
The band was formed in Glenroy, Victoria, in August 1991 by Jason Fuller (aka Jason PC) (bass), Anthony Barry (vocals and guitar), and Andrew Brown (drums). They recorded their demo, Menstrual Soup, later that year at S.A.E. in St Kilda, with the help of Scott Harper. This demo was self-released on cassette, and was re-released in 2004 on Czech label Bizarre Leprous Productions. Blood Duster never played live with this line-up and soon Barry was ejected. A short-lived experimental line-up consisted of Fuller, Brown, and newcomer Troy Darlington (guitar) Darlington lasted only for a short time before he was fired. This line-up played their debut show at the Sarah Sands Hotel in front of 300 fans, supporting Christbait.
Wilson and Darlington were replaced in Blood Duster by Tony Forde (vocals) of death metal band Entasis, and Brad Johnston (guitar), formerly of death metal band Hecatomb, which also supplied drummer Shane Rout. Brown then quit due to medical reasons. This line-up recorded 1993's Fisting the Dead, after which both Rout and Johnston left to work on Rout's side-project, a black metal band called Abyssic Hate.
Fisting the Dead is a straightforward grindcore EP that featured 25 tracks. It was later re-released twice: first repackaged with the Yeest EP on Relapse Records and Drug Bust Records in 1996, and later with bonus tracks as Fisting the Dead... Again on Goat Sounds Records in 2005.
In 1995, Blood Duster released the EP Yeest, which started to show some more rock leanings. This featured the new line-up of Forde, Fuller, guitarist Fin Allman, and drummer Matt Rizzo (aka Matt Maidhorn). The release of the EP was followed by an Australian tour with Brutal Truth. Rizzo's first stay was short and he was replaced by Euan Heriot of both Fracture and Abramelin. This version of the band produced 1998's Str8 Outta Northcote, which featured a bizarre combination of Southern rock riffs and blasting grindcore.
In 1998, Blood Duster again toured Australia with Brutal Truth, and recorded shows for a planned double live album. Heriot left the band in early 1999 and Rout returned but after a few rehearsals was replaced again by Rizzo. Allman quit the band in early 2000 and the live album was abandoned in favour of new material featuring the line-up of Fuller, Forde, Rizzo, and guitarist Matt Collins. The album, controversially entitled Cunt, was released worldwide in 2001 and saw Blood Duster returning to a more percussive-driven grind style. Just before the release of the CD, the band added second guitarist Josh Nixon from Canberra doom band Pod People. It was also around this time that the band appeared in the music video for the song "Thunderbirds Are Coming Out" by fellow Australian band TISM.
After touring with The Dwarves in 2001, Blood Duster released the "Drink, Fight, Fuck" EP, which featured the track "66.6FMONYOURRADIODIAL," used in a television commercial for Reflex copying paper, along with three songs in the pre-gap. The following year the band replaced Nixon with "Beltsy" Belthrower, of Melbourne hardcore band Mindsnare, although Nixon provided half of the electric guitars and an acoustic guitar track on the 2003 self-titled album. Forde also joined The Day Everything Became Nothing in 2002 and has since recorded three CDs with that group.
The eponymous Blood Duster album was released in 2003 and featured special guests including original AC/DC singer Dave Evans, Jay Dunne from 28 Days, and all three members of Melbourne band The Spazzys. There was controversy surrounding some of the artwork and some bonus CD-ROM content that was supposed to be included with the album, due to problems with Australian censors. Two further singles were released from this album, "IWannaDoItWithADonna" in 2003 and "SixSixSixteen" in 2004.
Most of 2004 was spent touring Australia, first with the Big Day Out festival and then their own shows. Following tours with The Dwarves and Pungent Stench in early 2005, Blood Duster toured across Europe and Japan to promote the release of their first DVD, The Shape of Death to Come. In 2006, the band issued the live album Kill, Kill, Kill in a limited edition of 500 copies. The album was recorded in Sydney in 1996 during a tour with Brutal Truth.
In 2006, Blood Duster began pre-production for a proposed triple album consisting of a disc each of death metal, grind, and drone doom, with guests 70s balladeer and actor Darryl Cotton. Lyden Nå (Norwegian for The Now Sound) was released in April 2007 as a double album, with the third disc available as additional downloadable content.
- Jason Fuller (Jason P.C.) – bass (1991–present)
- Tony Forde (Tone Bone) – vocals (1992–present)
- Matt Collins (Matty Lowpantz) – guitar (2000–present)
- Scott Pritchard (Belt Thrower) – guitar (2003–present)
- Dave Haley – drums (2007–present)
- Josh Nixon – guitar (2000–2003)
- Matt Rizzo – drums (1995, 1999–2007)
- James Rose – guitar (1999–2000)
- Fin Allman – guitar (1994–2000)
- Shane Rout – drums (1992–1994)
- Brad Johnston – guitar (1992–1994)
- Euan Heriot – drums (1995–1999)
- Anthony Barry – vocals, guitar (1991–1992)
- Troy Darlington – guitar (1992–1992)
- Callum Wilson – vocals (1992–1992)
- Andrew Brown (Brick) – drums (1991)
EPs and Singles