Elvis Christ, Risin' Again
:: Death Ride '69 - Elvis Christ ::
I bought Death Ride ‘69’s first release, “Elvis Christ”, purely because I loved Bill Barminski’s ominous and grotesque cover art, both front and back. I didn’t, at the time, really like the music I found inside, so this album has pretty much sat untouched for the last 15 years. In rooting around for something to post to celebrate Elvis Deathiversary Week here at the Robot, I put this on the turntable and was happy to find that my musical tastes have obviously changed since then, because it’s not bad. In fact, I’ve been digging the EP’s primitive, sludgy dirges or “dark industrial psychedelic psycho rock”, as Mobilization Records labels their sound in the band’s bio.
Bassist/vocalist Don Diego and drummer/vocalist Linda LeSabre co-founded the band, after leaving DC post-punk band, Grand Mal, and moving to Los Angeles. The guitarist slot was left open for a rotating cast, Dave Haas being credited on this record. “Elvis Christ” was originally put out by Little Sister Records in 1988 as an EP. In 1989, Flipside released, “Elvis Christ: The LP”, with an additional six songs and completely different cover art.
At some point shortly after the LP’s release, Don Diego left the band. My feeble internet research has left me unclear as to what happened. I’d like to think that Don Diego donned a mask and is swashbuckling somewhere in the hills of California, fighting the good fight, but I think his reason for leaving was that he died.
A new line-up recorded an album called “Penetrator”, but it was never released. Mobilization Records announced that they will release it in 2006. LeSabre also put on one-woman tribal percussion shows as Beatmistress, and toured in the mid-‘90’s under that pseudonym with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. She revived Death Ride 69 in 1998, recording “Screaming Down the Gravity Well”, mixed and produced by Kult member, Groovie Mann.