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Though The Endtables‘ self-titled record was recorded over 30 years ago, its post-punk content still feels relevant today. Their musical talents went on to inspire myriad other groups like Squirrel Bait and Babylon Dance Band. Originally released in 1979, the reissue of The Endtables feels urgent, with guitarist Alex Durig‘s guitar skills wild and ahead of his time. Though the group broke up before it could attain a broader audience, punk collectors have been able to rediscover the band through compilation CDs like 1994’s Bloodstains Across the Midwest. The Endtables’ record is a testament to the presence of the post-punk scene of the late ’70s and a reward for Drag City label’s ever enduring loyalty to bands from Louisville.
To read David Dunlap Jr.‘s review, go here.