Sep 29, 2010
Pailhead "Trait" E.P.
The follow information was taken from Wikipedia since it sums everything up well:
"Pailhead was a short-lived side project of the industrial metal band Ministry, which featured Ian MacKaye on vocals (formerly of The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Skewbald/Grand Union, Embrace, and Fugazi and currently of The Evens). The band's sound was a dark combination of menacing industrial beats and hardcore punk, predating what Ministry would later do with Jello Biafra in Lard.
Considering MacKaye's inadvertent role in the establishment of the straight edge community and Al Jourgensen's legendary drug use, it was highly unexpected for them to collaborate.
Pailhead released the single "I Will Refuse" / "No Bunny" (released in both 7" and 12" formats) in 1987 and the 4-song EP Trait in 1988, both on the Wax Trax label. The CD edition of Trait also incorporates both sides of the "I Will Refuse" / "No Bunny" single. The drummer for "No Bunny" was Eric Spicer of Naked Raygun."
In 1989 I was in 8th grade and would listen to Ministry's "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste" cassette blasting in my Walkman headphones as I sullenly rode the bus to school. I loved the repetitive, grungy sounds of industrial at that time and loved me some punk rock as well. I pretty much tracked down everything I could involving Al Jourgensen and when I discovered he did a project with members of Minor Threat, my mind was blown. So I immediately ordered the CD from Black Label mailorder (I think i still have the receipt in a folder somewhere due to my collector nerdary). Upon first listen the CD did not disappoint by any means. I still pump it to this day. Hopefully it's something new for a lot of you guys to check out and appreciate. I'm pretty sure this is all they ever put out. I'd love to read an interview with Ian asking about the making of this record. If anyone has ever read him talk about this project please post a link!
I also stumbled across this youtube video of Ministry performing a Pailhead song live. Granted Ian is not there to sing it, but i still think it's cool as I didn't know they ever played those songs out. Let me know what you guys think of this stuff. - ems
PAILHEAD "Trait E.P." released 1988 on Wax Trax Records
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