We all know just how weird US independent rock was capable of getting in the 1980s and we’ve all been riding the wave ever since. At the vanguard of this morass of altered eccentricity were that tripped-out Texan troupe Butthole Surfers, formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio and soon breaking all sorts of boundaries, both geographical and musical. Like many others, they arose amongst the angst and euphoria of the hardcore punk scene and bust out of that genre’s occasionally restrictive stylistic shackles to create something truly bananas that simultaneously lauded and laughed at ‘classic’ rock and took psychedelic excess to new heights (or lows, depending on your perspective).

Championed early on by Jello Biafra and the Alternative Tentacles label, the duo expanded to become a band and their mid-80s trio of albums Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Locust Abortion Technician and Hairway To Steven (all on Touch & Go) cemented their reputation as kings of the musically absurd. Increasingly unfettered and disturbing live shows became a hallmark of the Buttholes’ legend and their unhinged actions on and off stage seem to have occasionally become too much even for the band themselves to cope with, numerously appearing to call time on the whole long and very strange trip. But we’ve managed to persuade them to bring their own sweet havoc to Safe As Milk and you can be sure its not something you’ll be able to wipe from your mind’s eye any time soon.

This will be Butthole Surfers’ only UK show of 2017. They will perform in the classic line-up of Paul Leary, King Coffey, Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus. Get ready!

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