Slug Guts hail from the baron, heat stricken confines of Brisbane, Australia, a town as desolate as it is depressing and suburban. Slug Guts began when four degenerates had little else to do but form a band in the tradition of Pussy Galore, X (Australia not L.A.), and Birthday Party. In the first four months of the band Slug Guts recorded their first LP Down on the Meat which was released on Stained Circles Records (Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dirtbombs).
After numerous Australian tours and one Japanese tour playing alongside Lightning Bolt, Dead Meadow, Primitive Calculators, Flipper, and Eddy Current amongst others, the band went back into the studio and recorded this thirteen-song sophomore album, Howlin’ Gang. The LP was recorded in a railway carriage on the outskirts of Ipswich. Taking partial influence from Christian Death, The Scientists and The Triffids, this new LP sought to take a different direction than the harsh swamp rock which characterized their first release. Howlin’ Gang LP features a duet with Angela Bermuda (Circle Pit) and guest appearances by Sarah Spencer (Blank Realm). In this recording session Slug Guts also finished a split 7-inch with iconic Australian 1980’s experimentalists Primitive Calculators, which features both bands doing Primitive Calculator’s single “Ugly Pumping Muscle” and a third rendition which is Stuart Grant (Primitive Calculators) singing “Ugly Pumping Muscle” with Slug Guts live in Brisbane. We are proud to announce the US debut release from Brisbane’s finest dirge-e-mites. Later this year, the Sacred Bones Australian love affair will continue with releases from Naked on the Vague and Circle Pit, in addition to a compilation of our favorite Australian contemporary artists. Slug Guts will embark on their first US tour in March of 2011, including the Sacred Bones showcase at SXSW.