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Also known as RCBNNN
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Genres Noise punk, avant-garde metal, post-hardcore
Years active 1996 (1996)-present
Labels Joyful Noise Recordings, Tizona Records, Southern Records, Secretly Canadian, Level Plane Records, Witching Hour
Associated acts The Watercolour, Switchstance, Mourning Orchard, Rapidar Than Horsepower
  • Michael Anderson
  • James Bauman
  • Alex T. Mann
  • Karl Hoffstetter
Past members
  • Ian Pedersen
  • Brad Williams
  • Chris "Sal" Saligoe
  • Dave Britts
  • Nate Spainhower
  • Mike Bell

Racebannon is an American noise punk band from Bloomington, Indiana. The band, formed in September of 1996, have cited influence ranging from Antioch Arrow to the Melvins, and have also stated that they're heavily influenced by hardcore, hip-hop, heavy metal, jazz, and the blues in the past.[1] The band's sound is noted for being odd and experimental, and the group has been dubbed as "noise rock" or "noise metal" in the past by critics.[2] Since their formation, the band has released numerous albums, extended plays, and splits through a variety of labels, such as Secretly Canadian and Level Plane.


Racebannon was formed in Indianapolis in 1996 by Michael Anderson and James Bauman. The group cites The Melvins, Melt Banana, and Ice Nine as early influences.[3] They cobbled together a lineup from members of other Indianapolis hardcore punk bands and released their first 7" record in 1998. Many other 7"'s, split 7"'s, and compilation appearances followed, as well as the band's debut album, First There Was The Emptiness. The group's name comes from Dr. Quest's bodyguard in the Jonny Quest franchise.[4] Among the group's unusual sonic attributes is the use of DJ scratching, but as a conduit for noise rather than a rhythmic accompaniment (as in hip hop).[5] After moving to Bloomington, Indiana, they signed with Secretly Canadian, who released their full-length In the Grips of the Light. The album was recorded with Mike Mogis of Lullaby for the Working Class, and resulted in their winning praise from Alternative Press.[5] 2002's Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In, was a concept album revolving around a Faustian bargain and was also produced by Mogis.[5] Over the course of the album (sometimes considered a rock opera), the protagonist, Rodney, sells his soul to Satan in exchange for the chance to become a drag queen rock star.[6] The group performed at SXSW in 2003.[7] Their most recent album, Acid or Blood, appeared in 2008 on Southern Records.[8][9] Another album, entitled Six Sik Sisters was released through Tizona Records in 2011.[10]


Current members
  • Michael Anderson - vocals (1996-present)
  • James Bauman - guitar (1996-present)
  • Alex T. Mann - bass (2011-present)
  • Karl Hoffstetter - drums (2011-present)
Previous members
  • Kaiton Slusher - bass (1996-1997)
  • Chris "Sal" Saligoe - bass (1997-2011)
  • Ian Pedersen - drums (1996-1997)
  • Brad Williams - drums (1997-2011)
  • Chris Williams - vocals (1998)
  • Nate Spainhower (2000-2001)
  • Mike Bell (2001-2002)
  • Dave Britts - noises (2003)


Studio albums
Extended plays
  • Racebannon Is the Most Complete Volume of the Motion of the Planets (1998, Witching Hour)
  • Master Control Program (1998, The Great Vitamin Mystery)
  • Clubber Lang (2002, Alone)
  • Wrap the Body (2010, Joyful Noise)
  • split 7" with To Dream of Autumn (1998, Witching Hour/Troufion)
  • split 7" with Knives and Greenwater (1998, Witching Hour)
  • split 7" with The Disease (2001, Monotonstudio)
  • split 7" with Zann and Anger Is Beautiful (2001, Modus Operandi/Adiago830)
  • split 7" with Mara'akate (2001, Electric Human Project)
  • Near and Far Volume 2 split CD/LP with Song of Zarathustra (2003, Level Plane/Backroad)
  • Insound Tour Support Series No. 25 split CD with Helen of Trpy (2003, Insound)
  • split 7" with Majhas (2005, Happy Couples Never Last)
Compilation albums
  • [The Inevitable] Singles and Rarities 1997-2005 (2005, Alone)
  • Unwanted Sounds (2012, Auris Apothecary)
Remix albums
  • Remixed, Reinterpreted and Reconsidered (2013, self-released)


  1. ^ Marsh, Jeff (2006-01-19). "Interview with Racebannon". adequacy.net. Delusions of Adequacy. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  2. ^ Coggeshall, Wade (2010-06-10). "Noise metal for the dance floor: Racebannon's "Wrap the Body"". nuvo.net. Nuvo. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  3. ^ Interview with Racebannon. Smother Magazine.
  4. ^ Racebannon at Epitonic
  5. ^ a b c Kurt Morris, Racebannon at Allmusic
  6. ^ Review of Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In. Allmusic
  7. ^ Satan's Kickin'. The Stranger, June 5–11, 2003.
  8. ^ Review of Acid or Blood. Prefix Magazine, August 12, 2008.
  9. ^ Reivew of Acid or Blood. Thrash Hits, July 31, 2008.
  10. ^ Racebannon Return with Album, Tour, Merzbow Remix. Pitchfork Media, August 7, 2008.
  11. ^ Review of First There Was the Emptiness, Allmusic

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