Gravelgut- 1980s demos Sacramento Thrash Metal Punk R.I.P. Chris White

I found out today that an old friend/acquaintance from the “old days” passed away recently. Chris was in our Roseville/Rockin metal/punk scene in the 1980s and he was lead singer/guitarist of the band Gravelgut. I went to school with drummer Troy Tausch and knew the guys well. I As a tribute, I thought I’d post the one of the only recordings that I have of the band. These demos are pretty damned good, listening after 30 years. Nice job Chris, Dustin and Troy. Sorry to friends and family for your loss. I can also upload a pretty poor sounding recording of the Jones Hall show in 1986, opening for Exodus if you’d like.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy



Nebulous Stucco Thing compilation, Sacramento Mid-80s

The ‘Nebulous Stucco Thing’ was an early experimental spoken word performance ensemble featuring Arthur Butler, Dave White, Gene Avery, B. L. Kennedy, Charlie Aiken, Harrison Thomas and Steve Vanoni. They had one cassette release ”Losing it Big at Carnagie Hall,” 1985? and performed around various venues in Sacramento from 1983 – 1987… other peripheral poets who performed were Victor Wong, Ted Finn, D.R. Wagner, Pat Grizzell and perhaps Scott Soriano…..Video by Steve Vanoni

Live Concert Video

Pap Smear- First Instrumental Demo xfer from 1st/2nd gen Tape Jeff Hanneman Slayer Papsmear

Happy Tuesday Everyone. This one will probably be a total TL;DR.

These posts are for Bobby Khan- thanks for the Slayer book! It was pretty damned good.

Pap Smear was a side project featuring Jeff Hanneman & Dave Lombardo (Slayer), and Rocky George from Suicidal Tendencies. My friend & Roseville High School Alum Matt Polish (IGD) also handled vocal duties on one demo. I believe I have the best copies of these tapes, as I got them from Matt.

Here’s the backstory of Matt’s involvement (and how I got the tapes). Matt befriended Slayer in August of 1984- he approached Tom Araya at the Aquatic Park show in Berkeley with beer and became fast friends with the band. He toured with them on the Summer Fashions Tour in 1985. At about this time, Jeff Hanneman would invite Matt to L.A. where they would get hammered and do music or other stupid stuff. One time, they went to Toys R Us to buy the most stupid thing they could think of. Matt won the competition by buying a kiddie pool.

So every few months, Matt would call me (he lived in Rocklin) and tell me to come over. He would play me tapes that he got from Jeff from his trips to L.A.. Some of them were classic punk tapes (Wasted Youth, Black Flag etc) and some were Pap Smear demos. I would copy everything and keep them stored away. Matt’s original (1st gen) copies from Jeff are gone, so this 2nd gen is probably the lowest tape available.

Here is the first tape that Matt brought back. In fact, this one may be the actual tape that Matt brought back—I never bought realistic tapes. So, this one may be a 1st gen from Jeff’s tape, or it may be a 2nd gen.

Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon- Audiophile 2496 card- sony soundforge

Audio Demo