Seattle’s Best…

The Fartz

The Fartz (pronounced “the farts”), originally formed in 1981 and were one of the first well known Hardcore bands from Seattle, Washington.

Vocalist Blaine Cook later went on to sing for the hardcore/thrash band The Accüsed. Duff McKagan later gained notoriety as a member of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses – via a stint in Seattle’s unsung heroes, 10 Minute Warning. Also, featured Tommy Hanson on guitar, later founding member of the band Crisis Party.

The Fartz were one of Seattle’s earliest hardcore punk outfits, attacking governmental and religious corruption, racism, sexism, poverty, and the like. The band’s original lineup included vocalist Cook (under the name “Blaine Fart”), guitarist Paul Solger, bassist Steve, and drummer Loud Fart. Few Seattle clubs were willing to book hardcore acts during the band’s short lifespan, so the Fartz often found themselves scrambling for any exposure or opportunities to perform.

Check out their 1990 12″ Ep You, We See You Crawling released under Musical Tragedies.

The Accüsed

Formed in 1981 in Oak Harbor, Washington by bassist Chibon ‘Chewy’ Batterman, Dana Collins and guitarist Tom Niemeyer. John Dahlin was the vocalist from 1983-1984. The addition of Blaine Cook (frontman of Seattle hardcore punk group The Fartz) fit nicely into the group’s migration towards a more heavy metal-based sound. In 1984, The band dubbed their style “splatter rock,” in homage to their favorite genre of horror films. Their hybrid musical formula was distinguishable by Blaine’s unusual choking-sound vocals, Niemeyer’s muted, choppy, buzzsaw guitars, dark metallic riffs, and rapid-fire drumming. The band are also responsible for creating the wild, zombie mascot Martha Splatterhead, who’s likeness (created by Niemeyer) adorns most of their albums and many of their promotional items.

This one here is their 1988 Ep, Hymns for the Deranged also released under Musical Tragedies.


3 responses

  1. I hadn’t heard this release before, thanx for that. I just discovered your site through the True Punk Metal blog. I look forward to hearing more. Thanx again.

    February 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm

  2. myfatetohate

    Thanks, I just checked your site out and you my man, have cool stuff over there. I also linked you up if you don’t mind. = >

    February 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  3. That Accused record is fucking great. I lost my vinyl copy of it years ago in “the divorce”, ha ha. Thanks for this!

    March 18, 2008 at 2:54 am

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