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|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, post-hardcore|
|Years active||1980–1986, 1996-present|
|Associated acts||Universal Congress Of, Unknown Instructors, Slovenly|
|Past members||Tony Cicero
Luis MadMax Maldonado
The band would frequently perform with SST labelmates Minutemen and Black Flag. However, Baiza described Saccharine Trust as the "black sheep" of the SST roster. Drummer Rob Holzman appeared on their 1981 debut Paganicons but left the band to play in Slovenly, replaced by drummer Tony Cicero.
Their early material was semi-improvised and often noisy (for example, the album Worldbroken was entirely improvised live, both the music and lyrics), but later became more focused and jazz influenced.
After a ten-year hiatus circa 1986 to 1996, the band re-formed and began performing around the West Coast.
In his journals, Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain listed Saccharine Trust's Paganicons as one of his Top 50 favorite albums. Buzz Osborne of The Melvins stated in the book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge that Saccharine Trust were hugely influential in terms of atmosphere. Sonic Youth covered their song "I Am Right" on the SST compilation The Melting Plot. Members of Saccharine Trust also contributed songwriting to the Minutemen's landmark 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime.
- Studio albums
- Surviving You, Always (1984, SST)
- We Became Snakes (1986, SST)
- The Great One Is Dead (2001, Hazelwood)
- Paganicons (1981, SST)
- "A Christmas Cry" (1981, SST)
- Live albums
- The Sacramental Element (1986, SST)
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