Alice Donut

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Alice Donut
OriginNew York City, USA
GenresAlternative rock, punk rock, psychedelic
Years active1986–1996, 2001–present
LabelsAlternative Tentacles,
Howler Records
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersTomas Antona
Stephen Moses
Michael Jung
Sissi Schulmeister
David Giffen
Past membersRichard Marshall
Ted Houghton
Tom Meltzer

Alice Donut is a punk rock band from New York City.[1]

History[edit]

Formed in 1986 after the demise of the Sea Beasts, a band at Columbia University. Ted Houghton, Tomas Antona, Dave Giffen and Tom Meltzer recruited drummer Stephen Moses and quickly found a substantial audience at CBGB. Guitarist Michael Jung soon replaced Meltzer, Austrian born Bassist Sissi Schulmeister joined the band in 1991. By 1991 the lineup had changed to Tomas Antona: lead vocals, Michael Jung: guitar, Richard Marshall: guitar, Stephen Moses: drums, Sissi Schulmeister: bass. This lineup recorded and toured relentlessly, eventually disbanding in 1996. Between 1988 and 1996 the band toured in the United States, Europe and Japan and played over 1000 shows,[1] including a show at the Reading Festival in 1993.

Alice Donut released 11 full-length albums and some EPs, singles, and other releases on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label and various other labels.

In 2001 Alice Donut started recording and writing again and in 2003's Three Sisters, their first release after their hiatus, was recorded as a four-piece with Tom Antona on vocals, Michael Jung on guitar, Stephen Moses on drums and Sissi Schulmeister on bass.

Guitarist Dave Giffen rejoined the group for Fuzz, which was recorded in Brooklyn's BC Studio with longtime co-producer Martin Bisi, mixed and engineered by Joel Hamilton, and released on September 5, 2006.

The band's tenth studio album followed, Ten Glorious Animals, released in September 2009, on Jello Biafra's Record Label Alternative Tentacles.

In 2012 the album with the same title "Freaks in love" was released. Alice Donut still performs live on some occasions, like a show in 2014 in France and 2017 in Baltimore, MD at Ottobar.

On November 11, 2016 Tomas Antona stated on Facebook that Alice Donut are writing a new album. No completion or release date was given.

Discography[edit]

Demos[edit]

  • Dork me Bangladesh (demo, 1987)

LPs[edit]

  • Donut Comes Alive (LP, 1988)
  • Bucketfulls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life (LP, 1989)
  • Mule (LP, 1990)
  • Revenge fantasies of the impotent (LP, 1990)
  • The Untidy Suicides of your Degenerate Children (LP, 1992)
  • Pure Acid Park (LP, 1995)
  • Three Sisters (LP, 2004)
  • Fuzz (LP, 2006)
  • Ten Glorious Animals (2009)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • My Boyfriend's Back / Demonologist (7", 1990)
  • The Ass Trilogy (12", 1991)
  • Love Rollercoaster / Egg (Split "' with Da Willys, 1991)
  • Get A Life (7", 1992)
  • Magdalene (7", 1992)
  • Blood On The Tundra / Bottom Of The Chain (Split 7" with Ice Princess, 1993)
  • Medication (7", 1993)
  • Nadine (7", 1994)
  • Michael Gerald's Party Machine Presents (Split 7" with Killdozer, 1996)
  • Free Electric State (Split 7" with Free Electric State, 2010)

Live albums and compilations[edit]

  • Dry-humping the Cash Cow (live LP, 1994)
  • Freaks in Love (compilation - DVD, LP, CD, 2011)

VHS[edit]

  • Video Monstrosity (VHS, 1994)

DVD[edit]

  • London, There's a Curious Lump in My Sack (DVD, 2004)
  • Freaks in Love: :: A Quarter Century in Underground Rock with ALICE DONUT" (2012)
  • Poff. (2013)

Members[edit]

  • Tomas Antona - Vocals
  • Stephen Moses - Drums, Trombone
  • Michael Jung - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals
  • Sissi Schulmeister - Bass, Banjo, Vocals, Accordion, Guitar
  • David Giffen - Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
  • Richard Marshall - Guitar, Vocals (1990–1995)
  • Ted Houghton - Bass, Vocals (1986–1990)
  • Tom Meltzer - Guitar, Vocals (1986–1987)

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Peterson, Karla (26 March 1993). "Alice Donut's rock is an acquired taste -- or lack thereof". San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • DeRogatis, Jim (9 March 1994). "Blind Melon's `No Rain' Has No Backup". Chicago Sun-Times – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  • "Reviews: Alice Donut, Pure Acid Park, Alternative Tentacles". CMJ New Music Monthly. September 1995. p. 28.
  • Reinert, Jed (30 June 2000). "Alice Donut saved the best album for last". Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster, PA.
  • Righi, Len (21 October 2006). "Coming full circle ** All the right ingredients in place for full Alice Donut band reunion". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA.
  • Blush, Steven (2016). New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB. St. Martin's Press. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-250-08361-6.

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