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Dark Like A Restaurant
10inch / Domestica Records / 2012
"DARK LIKE A RESTAURANT grew out of a number of experimental bands
working in the Dallas, Texas area in 1979-80. In the wake of the Sex
Pistols show at the Bronco Bowl (1978), an entire scene grew up in
Dallas that was part punk, part proto-new wave. One of these bands was
BOYS LIFE, which contained two of the three members of the later Dark
Like a Restaurant (only Roland TR808 was not in Boys Life). Rex Koontz
played guitar and sang. Boys Life was fronted by Jaime Lagarella
(keyboards and voice), later an important producer and engineer; Bob
Green (bass, later of The Grassy Knoll), and Jeff Zilm (drums, currently
a painter and previously of the Comateens). Boys Life never recorded
but played several important shows at the premier Dallas experimental
showcase the Hot Klub.
After Boys Life disbanded without a recording, Dark Like a Restaurant
formed to showcase Koontz’s stripped synth and guitar sound and his
increasing obsession with the hypnotic rhythms of the then new Roland
TR808 drum machine. The combination of minimal synth foundations and a
floating, haunting guitar sound served as the calling card for the
Cover printed by serigraphy. It includes a leaflet.
Limited edition of 320 numbered copies only.