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There are two artists with the name Drunken Boat.
1.) Copping their name from a Rimbaud poem, New York’s Drunken Boat emerged from the same downtown ’80s scene that spawned Bongwater, King Missile and Hypnolovewheel. Led by poet Todd Colby and featuring the twin guitars of Steve Gross and Todd Serbousek, Drunken Boat merged Colby’s literary sensibility with driving off-kilter indie rock.
Drunken Boat, produced by ex-Hugo Largo leader Tim Sommer, teems with smart, concise songs characterized by Colby’s passionate, aggro vocals, propulsive tom-heavy drumming by Colby’s brother Michael and fine guitar work (Steve Gross and Todd Serbousek) throughout. While owing an obvious debt to Patti Smith, Wire, Captain Beefheart and the Fall, the avant-garage approach and Colby’s penetrating songs clearly marked the quintet as a band to watch. And don’t miss the great cover of Hüsker Dü’s “What’s Going On.”
The New Pop EP combines the titular Drunken Boat song with three energetic (and otherwise non-albumized) originals and a gentle cover of Young Marble Giants’ “Salad Days.”
See Ruby Falls, also produced by Sommer (who also contributes keyboards and guitar), is a more confident record, with a new...
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