Tar (band)

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Tar
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Indie rock, Noise rock, Post-hardcore
Years active 1988—1995
Labels Touch and Go Records
Amphetamine Reptile Records
No Blow Records
Members Mike Greenlees
John Mohr
Mark Zablocki
Tom Zaluckyj
Past members Tim Mescher

Tar was an American post-hardcore band, formed in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout their career they released four studio albums, two extended plays, and a number of singles before breaking up in 1995. They were known for their dry sense of humor.[1]

History[edit]

The precursor to Tar was a hardcore punk outfit called Blatant Dissent, which formed in DeKalb, Illinois where singer/guitarist John Mohr and drummer Mike Greenlees were attending Northern Illinois University. Joining Mohr and Greenlees in Tar were original bassist Tim Mescher (only until 1991 and who also played for Snailboy), bassist Tom Zaluckyj and guitarist Mark Zablocki. Zaluckyj and Mohr played unique instruments, crafted of aluminum, designed by Ian Schneller of Specimen Products.

The band released albums on the Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go Records labels before disbanding in 1995. During its career, the band released a total of four singles, four albums, two mini albums, and contributed songs to six compilations and split singles. The band toured nationally and internationally with bands such as Jawbox, Arcwelder, and the Jesus Lizard. In 1994 the band made the decision to call it quits after releasing one final album.[2] Over and Out was written and recorded over a period of a year and a half, produced by the band and engineered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston, and released in 1995.

Tar reunited for a one-off performance at the PRF BBQ 2012 festival in Chicago, and later in the year, as opening act for Shellac at Lincoln hall in Chicago. In 2013, a double vinyl disc compilation titled 1988-1995 was released through Chunklet Magazine, limited to 150 gold colored copies that included download cards.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1988-1995 (Chunklet Magazine, 2013)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Handsome (Amphetamine Reptile Records, 1989)
  • Clincher (Touch and Go Records, 1993)

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kot, Greg. "Tar Keeps Its Tongue Firmly In Cheek". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 5, 1993.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Goldman, Marlene. "Trouser Press Tar Biography". Trouser Press. Trouser Press. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tar "1988-1995" 2xLP Promo". youtube.com. Chunklet Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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