Between 1995 and 1997 lake Of dracula forged a singular approach to dissonant, minimalistic rock music pre-dating both the neo-"no wave" nostalgia trip (popularized by bands like yeah yeah yeahs and liars) and the current noise rock insurgence (led by lightning bolt and wolf eyes) by years. based in chicago, LOD was a veritable midwestern underground supergroup featuring James "Marlon" Magas (Couch, Magas), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers, XBXRX), Heather M. (The Scissor Girls), "The Manhattanite" (a.k.a. Al Johnson from U.S. Maple) and Jessica Ruffins (Jaks, Sea of Tombs).
Formed in late 1995, the band issued forth a succinct manifesto made of propulsive anti-rock beats and terse guitar cacophony topped with cryptic, evocative vocal assaults. the net result of this music was one of powerful, hard-edged surrealism in contrast to the introspective "post rock" more associated with the time and place. Their sole self-titled studio album was issued by skin graft records in early 1997 featuring production help by jim o'rourke (sonic youth, etc.). after a final west coast tour in summer 1997, the band called it quits and the various members went on to further infamy with their various pursuits. since then, the name Lake Of Dracula continues to be whispered in reverence throughout the rock underground. "Skeletal Remains" collects previously unreleased material and rare compilation and single tracks onto one CD (remastered by weasel walter) with extensive liner notes and photos.
* "Plague Of Frogs" (live version) on Chicken Bomb compilation CD (Lumpen) 1996.
* Lake Of Dracula LP/CD (Skin Graft) 1997.
* live bootleg 7" of 9/24/96 show (Sin Raft) 1997.
* "Plague Of Frogs" on Camp Skin Graft compilation CD (Skin Graft) 1997.
* A segment on The Miracle of Re-Creation video compilation (Gentle Giant) 1997, with U.S. Maple, Lake Of Dracula, The Scissor Girls, 7000 Dying Rats, Otomo Yoshide, et al.
* "Live" on BulbJack II compilation 7" (Bulb/Blackjack) 1997, with Harry Pussy, The Whales, Monoshock, a.o.
* split single with Monitor Radio (carcrashh) 1998.
* "Four Teachers"/"Violators" 7" (Kill Rock Stars) 1998.
* Skeletal Remains CD (Savage Land) 2006.