It’s kind of amazing that Dwarves still exist. The band formed in Chicago in the mid-1980s, anchored by lead singer Blag Dahlia (aka Blag the Ripper) and guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed, and were disciples of GG Allin’s brand of Punk Rock mayhem — part performance art and almost wholly anarchic. Marked by nudity, self-mutilation, drinking and drugging, Dwarves’ early live shows often lasted less than 15 minutes.
Following a pair of Sonics-influenced Garage Rock records (the aptly titled Horror Stories and Toolin’ for a Warm Teabag), the band hooked up with the fledging Sub Pop label to release 1990’s Blood Guts & Pussy, a breakthrough of sorts — 12 songs in 14 minutes, each a blast of hardcore guitars and Blag’s shouted fantasies about sex and violence. Read more about Dwarves in this week's Sound Advice.
Dwarves play Southgate House Revival Sunday with The Queers, Decent Criminal and Teenage Rehab. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com .