The Return of the Web

Fruit Bat Republic

We can’t fucking believe it. Really. Sorry for the expletive and all, but one of Louisville’s best-ever bands — and I don’t just mean that lightly — is reuniting to play a show at the Pour Haus next week, opening for another fantastic band, the mighty (and mighty long-running) Pere Ubu. That’s right, The Web is back (description by The Web’s frontman Tony Hoyle, from show promoter/Black Velvet Fuckere/Sapat mainman Kris Abplanalp’s Myspace bulletin):

The Web, a rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, was formed in 1993. Distributed by labels Drag City, Damn Entertainment, and Ear X-tacy Records, The Web released two 45” singles, a 12” EP, and a full-length CD, “Fruit Bat Republic.” Prior to its temporary dissolution in 1998, The Web produced its magnum opus, “Chlydotorous Scrotodhendron”; the masters of these recordings have been unearthed and are set for a highly-anticipated label distribution this summer!

Among The Web’s many performances during the 1990s, it hit the road with recording artists Sebadoh, traveling throughout the Eastern half of the U.S.. Originally formed as a trio, The Web later expanded to an octet. However, most performances featured the classic quintet reforming this year: Andrew Willis on guitar; Gary Pahler on drums; Jason Hayden on guitar and bass; Steve Good ..boards, clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone; Tony Hoyle on microphone.

Now some readers might not be convinced by that description, and that’s understandable, even if we would describe the Web as somehow a mixture of a great love for Captain Beefheart, the Stooges, the Fall, Neu!, Faust, G. Gordon Liddy, comic books, college basketball, science fiction, and well-brand liquor. Here at State of the Commonwealth, we truly believe in the “try before you buy” ethos of music on the internet, with both parts being key. So in favor of that policy, we’ve decided to upload a few tracks by the Web for you, our dear readers, to peruse at your leisure. If you like them, please do yourself a favor and see this awesome band live, next Friday the 22nd of March, at the Pour Haus. First, we have a zip file containing the Web’s first 7″ entitled “Azuza Inkh” — with the songs “Azuza” and “The Handcuff Hoax” and their 12″ EP record “The Pentagon,” featuring “Hail to the Chief,” “Rebel Yell” (parts 1 and 2) and “Five”:

The Web – “Azuza Inkh” 7″, “The Pentagon” 12″

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got zip files one song from their 1998 CD Fruit Bat Republic entitled “Tick” (a great little sorta almost Afropop-ish number) plus a live song “The Pentagon” from the Sourmash: A Louisville Compilation CD for your downloading pleasure:

The Web, “Tick”
The Web, “The Pentagon”

In fact, the only stuff by the Web that we don’t have digitized (but have on vinyl) is the “Freedom Hall” 7″. Can anybody send us that, please?

Anyway, both Fruit Bat Republic and Sourmash: A Louisville Compilation are on sale at ear X-tacy for $1.99 a piece. So if for whatever reason you can’t make the show, you owe it to yourself to pick up two great slices of Louisville music history, for super-cheap!


4 Responses to “The Return of the Web”

  1. Sam Meyer Says:

    Holy shit, I’ve been looking for these web tracks for YEARS! Thank you for allowing me access and providing such detailed info about one of the greatest bands i’ve ever heard/had the pleasure of seeing live (in Cincinnati on tour with Sebadoh and Evergreen, who unfortunately broke up before the gig and did not play)! I even owned one of the self-published vinyl releases (I believe one of 500 in print) but it was “appropriated” by a former roommate of mine. I’m still trying to get my hands on a copy of that release. Just as I thought music in Louisville had taken a turn for the trendy The Web exists once more. There is a god! … now if only he would smite VHS or Beta..

  2. […] faves The Web to the Pourhaus (9 pm, tickets are $14 at ear X-tacy and will likely be gone soon!). We wrote about how fantastic it is that the Web is playing this show last week (and even included some rare mp3s), so you know we’re hyped. Can’t wait for […]

  3. […] with the Web, don’t fret. We didn’t write about it here at the time, but we wrote this little entry from our sister blog, State of the Commonwealth: We can’t fucking believe it. Really. Sorry for […]

  4. mark stevenson Says:

    can you repost those zip files again..? would love to hear them!

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