Enema Resort

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Enema Resort was formed out of the ashes of Repulsive Force when twin brothers Lister Pew (vocals) and Dirt (drums) and long time friends Dusty "DevilGod" Potemkin (bass) and Splat Bladder (guitar) turned away from the guitar-driven new wave rock that was the mainstay of that band's sound. Enema Resort lasted from roughly 1985 to 1987, although the band played few live shows during this time.

ER's early sound ('85-'86) was reminiscent of early Circle Jerks. Later, with the addition of guitarist Max Millions (a.k.a. Maxx Million$) the band began incorporating more heavy metal influences.

Enema Resort released one demo tape, Mom and Dad Went to Enema Resort and All I Got Was This Stupid Tape. The tape included about 15 songs, and featured a variety of styles. Songs on the tape included "Pain in the Ass," "Buyer Beware," "Idiot," and "A Little Talk." It's poor sound quality reflected the fact that all song's had been recorded in Pew's basement on a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder. Many of the songs on the demo were later re-released ("The Studio Tapes") also on cassette. This second recording, engineered by Bladder and featuring the guitar playing of Millions, included five new songs: "Enema Resort," "The Bogeyman," "Poseurs Will Prevail," "Curiosity Killed the Cat," and "March of the Mopheads." It was lacking the three-handed piano playing of Pew/Potemkin.

Three songs from The Studio Tapes were prominently featured in Craig Blomquist's "King BBQ Vol.2 - Cud Brain Tape Compilation." Available on YouTube via Punk Guy, September 2020

ER played few shows due largely to a growing rift between brothers Pew and Dirt. Although the two continued to record together (albeit never at the same time) they never performed a live show together. Numerous drummers filled in for Dirt in his absence, notably Scott "Peanut" Kinsey (Oscillator, Dummy).

One memorable show was at the Warehouse, opening for Out of Order and Generation Waste. The band also played a few live shows at the ID Under space, where Bladder lived for a time. It was during one of the ID Under space shows that Bladder returned to play bass while Potemkin helmed the drums. With this lineup ER performed many of their favorites, including a cover version of Judas Priest's Breaking the Law.

The relationship between Pew and Dirt became increasingly hostile, and the band dissolved. Although Pew and Dirt are no longer on speaking terms, other members (primarily Potemkin) periodically hint of a reunion show.

2020 Reunion and Release of 'Hate Jug'

A 'chance encounter in a gastroenterology waiting room' in the fall of 2019 led to a reunion of the original band members and the subsequent recording in early 2020 of 'Hate Jug,' the band's sophomore effort. 'Hate Jug' was release online via Bandcamp in September 2020 and featured new member Ian Orange on keyboard. Orange also produced the 12-song release in his home studio.


Enema Resort page on Bandcamp