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YEAR FORMED: 1996
HOME TOWN: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Kyle Thomas - Vocals Erik Larson - Guitar Ryan Lake - Guitar Mike Bryant - Bass Bryan Cox - Drums
1996, Richmond, Virginia. On a dirt floor basement, Bryan Cox, Erik Larson and Asechiah Bogdan founded ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY (ATP). Fueled by a desire to play dirty, kick ass rock and roll, they honed their skills and began assaulting the local circuit, sans singer. Shortly thereafter, bassist Bill Storms joined ATP and after several failed attempts to find the right vocalist, the band discovered Johhny Throckmorton and the line-up was complete.
With a full band intact, ATP entered the studio and recorded a six-song demo. One of these tapes landed in the hands of Frank Kozik of Man's Ruin Records and an offer was made to release the demo tape as a CD EP.
ATP was already in the habit of constantly writing songs, and in the fall of 1997 the band's first full length 'Rise Again' was recorded and released in the summer of 1998. Between the recording and release of 'Rise Again,' Bill Storms was asked to leave the band and Sam Krivanec quickly filled the void. Inspired and invigorated by the new line-up, ATP returned to the studio and recorded the 'River City Revival' LP (just prior to the release of 'Rise Again' and it's subsequent southern U.S. tour), which was released in the winter of 1999. Within a month of 'River City's...' release, ATP was on tour supporting the album, which featured a stop at the prestigious SXSW Festival where the band met with rave reviews. ATP then headed back into the studio once again in August of 1999 to record again and embarked on their first tour of Europe alongside High On Fire - 28 shows, 29 days and over 50 bottles of whiskey!