Ten Glorious Animals is Alice Donut's triumphant return to Alternative Tentacles. Formed in 1986, the band spent a decade touring relentlessly throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, building a perversely loyal following. One scribe at Creem Magazine described the Alice Donut live experience as ''the most decadent punk rock-fueled all-out orgies I ever witnessed.'' Between 1987 and 1996, they released seven full-length albums and fifteen EPs and singles.
2004's Three Sisters, their first record after a long 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. Original guitarist Dave Giffen rejoined the group for Fuzz, which was recorded in Brooklyn's BC Studio with longtime co-producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Angels of Light, etc.) and released in 2006.
Both Three Sisters and Fuzz were released by Giffen's Howler Records, but this newly invigorated band has come home to roost in the belfry at Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles (this is also Alternative Tentacles' 30th anniversary, making for even more auspicious marketing congruence). The band's eclectic mixture of hard rock and post-punk has not diluted in its time away. Mining the veins of other damaged psychedelic pop music, mid-tempo rockers such as ''Mrs. Carradine'' sound like a drunken Peter Murphy and ''Prog Jenny'' recalls ''Hurdy Gurdy Man'' filtered through the odd-metered, melodic Donut lens.
Alice Donut's lyrics take on what they view as the perversities, odd details, and petty humiliations of life. Their lyrical subject matter focuses on topics including depravity, domestic violence, sexuality, and eggs. They will keep making records until they die.
''... this durable New York combo is a little bit Zappa, a little bit cacophonous punk.''
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