BY: AMY HABEN
Art Gray Noizz Quintet: (L-R) Ryan “Skeleton Boy,” Johnny Scuotto, Stu Spasm, Rich Hutchins, and Andrea Sicco. Photo: Julie Hair
This isn’t Stu Spasm’s first rodeo. The Art Gray Noizz Quintet singer was in the rowdy Australian ’80s noise group, Lubricated Goat. They are infamous for performing naked with only shoes and instruments as coverage on a local TV show. They made a big splash on the noise scene. Chris Dubrow of The Guardian even wrote about them being better than Nirvana a couple years ago. Heavily influenced by The Stooges, their no-holds-bard aggressive sound perked attention. An alternative group, Crunt, was Stu’s band with ex-wife Kat Bjelland of Babes In Toyland between 1992-1995. They are actually really cool and worth a hop over to YouTube for a listen.
Photo: Lubricated Goat
Lubricated Goat at CBGB’s:
I recently caught up with Stu at a pal’s birthday celebration. I learned that while originally from England, he grew up in Adelaide, Australia. Stu mentioned that the highest number of serial killers on that continent reside from this sleepy town. Not completely shocked… I grew up in California, we have the highest number of serial killings in America.
Art Gray Noizz Quintet was formed as a one night stint to celebrate the screening of Color Of Noise, Eric Robles film about Amphetamine Reptile Records. The supergroup is made up of Ryan “Skeleton Boy,” who is known for being the ferociously unique, two-string-bass-wonder known of from his band Woman. The gothic looking Italian, Andrea Sicco, plays a mean guitar in the dark Velvet Underground meets Rowland S. Howard vibe of Twin Guns, which also features “Jungle” Jim Chandler, formerly of the Cramps, on drums.
The eccentric frontman of One Prayer One Sin, Johnny Scuotto, plays synth and metal percussion, while “Bloody” Rich Hutchins bangs on the drums.
In their new song, “A Call To You,” Stu eerily oscillates on guitar up and down while Andrea’s guitar scales creating a very cool sound over Stu’s Iggy-esque vocals. “Callin’ All Cars,” is commentary on police corruption– law enforcement radio samples are layered in– as well as a modern stab at “Hey Joe,” and finished up with oinks. These guys create a very strong atmosphere with blistering sets at every show. They are very much their own animal, but if you listen to Iggy Pop or The Jesus Lizard… you will most likely be into them.
Art Gray Noise Quintet’s last show at Union Pool:
Art Gray Noizz Quintet will be playing this Wednesday, 6/8 at Berlin off of Avenue A and 2nd Street with Jonny Couch, Twisty Cats, and Economy Punk. Doors at 8pm – $8
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