Review Revue: Vomit Launch – Exiled Sandwich

I pulled this record off the KEXP shelves not quite sure why the name meant something to me. Were they an old Seattle band? Had they spawned another, more famous band? Well, not really, but when I looked at their website (and I wish all the defunct bands I covered here had such thorough, informative web presences), it clicked. Vomit Launch’s drummer, Larry Crane, later went on to found Tape Op Magazine, which is really the periodical for the home- and creative-recording community, and Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland. I even met Larry once, several years ago, when I went down to Jackpot! for an informative and edifying recording workshop. So I must have come across some mention of Vomit Launch in the pages of Tape Op. But somehow I’ve never gotten around to listening to them (oh, hello there…).

Vomit Launch may have been from Chico rather than Seattle, but it seems there was plenty of gossip to go around about them among the DJs at KCMU. Names have been redacted to protect the probably not-at-all innocent.

“Not bad really. Some more loud guitar pop from California. Apparently our very own_____ _____ knows these folks and rumor has it he slept w/one of the band members whom he described as ‘loose’ or something to that effect. So, . . . play it!”

“That’s gotta be the case. Or he was just ‘lucky’ or something to that effect. So, you should play this — ’cause it’s lucky.”

“Really! All I heard was stories from Downsider _____ _____! But I did give Lyndsey a ride home once and got drunk with Trish a few times at Hey Juan’s plus I have a copy of Lawrence’s pre-Launch recordings. Holy shit what memories.”

“_____ – you crazy tripster. Those Chico days!”

“Hey, I liked ‘Scraping Windows’… play it!”

“Try ‘Bad Acid’ — it’s great!!”

The Walkaboutsa are thanked on the inner sleeve-thang. They toured together last fall.”

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  1. Danny Campbell
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Vomit Launch was one of my favorite bands when I lived in Eugene from ’86-’93, saw them play several times at WOW Hall, Max’s and whatever other venues Eugene had to offer, and loved THIS VERY RECORD ALBUM as well as their 2 or 3 others. Personality galore, deep to shallow, friendship, enmity, hatred, sleeping bags, they are a wonderful band I continue to listen to to this day – A little digging through their site resulted in some 20-odd free songs from their archives. Play them on the air!!!

    Danny Campbell

  2. Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Wonderful review, thanks! I was the bassist (and sometimes guitarist/vocalist) for Vomit Launch though. Not sure who slept with who in Seattle but we had some great shows up there, many with the Walkabouts or one of Ben Thompson’s bands!

  3. Crashd
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I saw these folks at the Surf Club in Olympia in ’91. Loved the music, great people as well. Bought a couple of their records at the show. Later lived in Portland and ran into Larry quite a bit. He’s like a jolly Santa Claus of the recording world, always friendly and handing out gifts of good music to the world.

  4. Levi
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, Larry! Not sure where I got drummer from. Maybe I just assume all awesome engineers are drummers.

  5. Bob Howard
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Rumors, rumors. Incidentally vocalist Trish Rowland’s name is now Trish Howard, not coincidentally my last name too.

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