The Bride Stripped Bare was a band and a phenomenon that was definitely ahead of its time. Mixing post-punk, noise, synthpop, and prog rock seemed natural enough to us, but in an era of stricter styles than today, this was certainly not the norm. Throw in a perverse sense of humour, "whiny, nasty vocals" and mixed-media elements (including 16 mm film) and there was definitely something unique about the band.

Formed in 1986 in Victoria by Steve Gibson, Will Bauer and Andreas Kitzmann, the original incarnation of the band played strictly improvised experimental music and was heavily influenced by Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Department and Glenn Branca. Playing on the dadaist roots of the band's name, many of the original instruments used by the Bride were found objects, such as heating ducts or sheet metal played with a cello bow.

Moving to Vancouver in 1987 the band added percussionist/keyboardist Nick Apivor and Andreas Kitzmann left for Montreal to continue his studies. Filmmaker and occasional vocalist Reg Harkema and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Mark Critchley also became part-time members. This incarnation of the band was much more accessible and stylistically diverse than the original band. Influenced by Sonic Youth, King Crimson, The Birthday Party, Einstürzende Neubauten, Gang of Four, The Residents, and early Yello, the band churned out a series of noisy, semi-funky tracks, including a sinister cover of the filthy Maurice Chevalier track Thank Heaven (for little girls), and Sonic Youth's Schizophrenia, which became a minor college radio hit.

The band played several live gigs, mostly notably a show at the Old Princess Ballroom on June 4th, 1988 with Vancouver-based prog rock band Excited First Daughter. The Bride Stripped Bare were a pretty intense live show and more than a bit of chaos characterized our live events. The Bride recorded one demo tape (somewhat) amusingly entitled We've Got a Duct and We're Gonna Hit It. This was mixed on a crap 4-track Portastudio, so don't expect hi-fi when you go to the SOUNDS page.