Bait is a relatively unheard of band hailing from Louisville,
Kentucky. It's really a shame virtually no one knows
who they are, because they laid down some amazing tracks
during their short existence together as a band.
sound is a mixture of punk, and garage rock. Guitarists
Dave Grubbs and Brian McMahon lay on heavy distortion,
while staying away from the thick crunch so common today.
Drummer Ben Daughtrey is actually quite incredible,
speed-wise and musically, and has a mini-showcase on
"Choose Y'r Poison". Bassist Clark Johnson
is consistent and steady-handed, and singer Peter Searcy
can belt lyrics like there's no tomorrow.
guys can really scream, and it's shows on scorching,
adrenaline pumping tracks like "Choose Y'r Poison"
and "Kick the Cat". While most of the tracks
are heavily reliant on punk, some songs like "Kid
Dynamite" and "Virgil's Return" are great
examples of SB's ability to meld pop melodies into their
hard-hitting attack. The rest of the CD is consistently
good, and they even included a cover of Phil Ochs' "Road
Tape From California".
Bait's efforts have gone vastly unnoticed due to their
cult status, and Skag Heaven in their only full-length
album. If you're looking for some good fast music though,
definitely look into this. Before there was grunge and
90's alternative, there was Squirrel Bait.