Nobody/Throats to Hit is Chokebore's debut single, released in the USA in May 1993 by Amphetamine Reptile Records as a limited-edition 7-inch picture disc (1,000 copies). It was recorded at AmRep's in-house studio in Minneapolis, MN (USA), right after Chokebore had signed with the label.

Nobody/Throats to Hit was the seventh installment in AmRep's Research & Development picture disc series, which paired up new bands with new artists.

The front artwork of the Nobody/Throats to Hit picture disc was designed by the now-famous illustrator Edwin "Mr." Fotheringham, and the back by AmRep chief Tom Hazelmyer (aka Haze XXL).

Releases

May 1993: 7″ picture disc – Amphetamine Reptile [Scale 54] – USA

Tracklist

  • This side: Throats to Hit
  • That side: Nobody

Artwork

Credits

all songs by Chokebore

front art by Edwin Fotheringham

Review

Perhaps the most sophisticated entry, both visually and sonically, in AmRep's "Research & Development" series so far, Chokebore's debut is definitely in keeping with the AmRep state of mind, but for this band, just making noise and getting pissed off is a byproduct, not an excuse for existence. Nobody starts off tearing away at an uncontrollable itch, Chokebore's trebly guitars phasing high or low to suit the gravity of the rhythm section; with vocals warbling way down in the mix, the halting, sloping chug and scratch of the instruments traces out a single line, but one that's not muddled or sloppily executed. On Throats to Hit, the band plays in a more conventional arrangement, the guitars pecking away at a higher frequency and voltage with the vocalist slightly more coherent, this time sounding like Paul Westerberg with his head in the toilet bowl.

Deborah Orr
CMJ New Music Report #329
April 23rd, 1993