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Beard of Lightning
CD AND LIMITED EDITION VINYL
RELEASE DATE: MAY 20th 2003
ROBERT POLLARD/DAVE RICK/GERARD SMITH/JON COATS
1984-1988: Named after Norton Juster's psychedelic children's book, Phantom Tollbooth
was a variation on the eclectic parallel-to-Hardcore of, among others,
Mission of Burma and Saccharine Trust. Combining abrupt tempo and harmonic
changes with dense sonic knots and oddball musicianship mistaken for
"chops", the very-powerful-trio created a classic punk/classic rock hybrid
of unwarranted and perhaps unwanted wantoness.
Malformed in 1984 by drummer Jon Coats, bassist Gerard Smith and guitarist
Dave Rick, (the latter leaving his bass spot in the newborn Yo La Tengo to
dedicate more time to the embryonic Tollbooth), they quickly joined the
esteemed Homestead roster of superstars (Sonic Youth, Swans, Big Black,
Dinosaur Jr, etc.). PT went on to record two full albums and two almost
full EPs and like most good and neglected bands from Indie Rock's
pre-historic age, they played as if on fire, burned a bunch of money, and
After the breakup, Jon and Gerard formed the short-lived Burn, which
included Mac McCaughan (later of Superchunk) and vocalist Jon Easley
(previously with Sorry). Gerard was also the first of several bass players to pass through Helmet. Dave went on to stints with Bongwater and King Missile.
2002: ROBERT POLLARD of GUIDED BY VOICES laments to Off Records how he wished he had sang for Phantom Tollbooth, one of his favorite bands. He refers to the idea as "the band that would have ruled the world". Since the band had long broken up the idea was put forth to re-invent a new version of one of their earlier recordings. The former members of P.T. must have agreed since once the bug was put in their ears they went back to their 1988 swan song album POWER TOY (4 ½ stars on AllMusicGuide), erased all the vocals and presented it to Mr. Pollard. So he created new vocal melody lines and lyrics onto one of his all time favorite albums and Off Records is pleased to be feeding it to you. Indeed....
2003: "I am in Phantom Tollbooth" Robert Pollard
New Mascara Snakes video on the media page.
Atom Bomb Professor
Asleep Under Control
A Good Looking Death
The Cafe Interior
Gratification To Concrete
Crocodile To The
Work Like Bullies
Robert Pollard talks with magnet about the Tollbooth album
Robert Pollard talks about the Tollbooth album to Stuff
PitchforkMedia gives the nod to Beard of Lightning.
Everett True speaks out on Beard of Lightning
Reprinted from SupMag