King Snake Roost

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King Snake Roost
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Background information
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Grunge, noise rock
Years active 1985–1990
Labels Aberrant
Amphetamine Reptile
Satellite
Megadisc
Normal
Past members Charles Tolnay
Peter Hill
David Quinn
Bill Bostle
Michael Raymond
Craig Rossi
Gene Rivet
Trigger

King Snake Roost (also known as KSR) were one of a number of Australian and International guitar-based bands who emerged from within the punk rock and post-punk scene of the mid-1980s that came to be defined as noise rock. King Snake Roost formed in 1985 in Adelaide and in 1987 the band moved to Sydney. The band broke up in 1990 after a two-month tour of the USA. In Australia and the USA the band played with some of the most influential noise rock bands of the 1980s, including Sonic Youth, Big Black, Mudhoney, Helmet, Babes In Toyland, Lubricated Goat, feedtime and The Mark of Cain. KSR played at some prestigious 1980s US venues, including, CBGB and Maxwell's.

Lineup[edit]

1985-1986[edit]

Charlie Tolnay, guitar, was also a founding member of the seminal Adelaide post punk band Grong Grong. For a brief time he was in blues-punk band Bloodloss with Guy Madison of Mudhoney and he recorded with Lubricated Goat. During 1989 he recorded the Tumor Circus album with members of Steel Pole Bathtub and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. He also played on both Bushpig records with Steve Turner and Mark Arm of Mudhoney
Trigger, vocals.
Michael Raymond, bass.
George Klestines, drums, formerly of Grong Grong and Perdition.

1986-1987[edit]

Charlie Tolnay, guitar.
Peter Hill, vocals & feed harp, also a member of Bushpig.
Bill Bostle, drums, was also a member of Half.
Michael Raymond, bass.
It was this line up that recorded the first KSR release From Barbarism to Christian Manhood.
For a brief time after Michael Raymond left bass duties were handled by 'Uncle Egon' (the band's name for the pre-recorded bass parts played back off tape), most notably for the Adelaide University Union show with Big Black. Dave Taskas of Grong Grong also played bass at a small number of shows in Melbourne.

1987-1989[edit]

Charlie Tolnay, guitar.
Peter Hill, vocals, guitar, feed harp.
Bill Bostle, drums.
David Quinn, bass, also a member of Deathless, and previously of Madroom.
This line up was responsible for all subsequent King Snake Roost recordings, and the USA tour.

1989-1990[edit]

Charlie Tolnay, guitar.
Peter Hill, vocals.
Gene Rivet, bass.
Craig Rossi, drums, who also played in Box Of Fish.
This version of the band was short-lived.

Guests[edit]

Lachlan McLeod, a member of Salamander Jim and Thug, amongst others.
Dave Boyne, member of legendary 1960s garage band The Missing Links.
Adrian Symes, aka 'Sax Adrian', who played with many bands during the 1980s.
Tom Sturm, of feedtime.
Michael Farkas, singer from Grong Grong.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Singles
  • Raw Cuts (1987, Satellite)
  • Top End Killer/A Storm Brewin' (1988, Aberrant)
  • Buffalo Bob/More Than Love (split single with feedtime) (1988, Aberrant)
  • School's Out/Nutbush City Limits (split single with Bloodloss) (1989, Crack)
Appears on
  • Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation (1989, Waterfront)
  • Dope-Guns-'n-Fucking in the Streets: Volume 3 (1989, Amphetamine Reptile)
  • Dope-Guns-'n-Fucking in the Streets: Volumes 1–3 (1990, Amphetamine Reptile)
  • Dope Guns & F*cking Up Your Video Deck: Volume One (1990, Amphetamine Reptile)

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