“Reagan’s Polyp is easily Little Rock’s strangest band, and without risking hyperbole, probably one of the top ten strangest bands in the country.” – Little Rock Magazine, 2002
“A disquieting mixture of prog, jazz, noise, punk, and lowbrow lyrics that regularly confounds critics.” – SF Weekly, 2006
"It’s a cliché, but I honestly don’t know how to begin to describe Reagan’s Polyp." -- Give This Band A Dollar (Arkansas local-music blog), 2014
"Ridiculously talented.... For those who believe that fearlessness is the primary component of artistic greatness, then anything by Reagan’s Polyp is a mandatory listen." -- Jersey Beat, 2014
“Reagan’s Polyp is malignant.” – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2000
Named for the infamous growth in the former President’s rectal vault, REAGAN’S POLYP was founded by twin brothers Krel and Astronaut Body in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1992. Instantly controversial for their hyper-aggressive sound and their satirical, sexually explicit lyrics, Reagan’s Polyp staked out a unique position and never wavered from it – even when under fire from the local music press, who unanimously hated the band. (“Abusive and disgusting.” “Motor oil on toast.” “The only people who will get this are forty-year-old computer programmers who still live with Mom.”)
Since their music veered from punk rock to metal to avant-jazz to purely formless dissonance, the Polyp sound did not endear the band to a local music scene that was more interested in two-chord songs about girls, cars, drinkin’, and Jesus than epic noise compositions about body-horror and sexual fascism. For Arkansas audiences, humor definitely did not belong in music.
By the time Reagan’s Polyp called it quits, after a financially disastrous attempt at a West Coast tour in February/March 2006, they had busted more than a few eardrums. They also left behind nearly thirty albums – ranging from elaborate studio productions to super-abrasive live recordings to fully improvised instrumental “jazz albums.”
Now, Vetoxa Records brings REAGAN’S POLYP back to you, bigger and better than ever. Beginning with a newly compiled “greatest hits” album, Number Ones, Vetoxa will release a dozen classic Polyp albums over the next two years. All remastered and repackaged, and with newly restored cover art, these albums span the breadth of Polyp’s achievement.
From the outrageous live debut The Early Year (1992) to the pop attack of 1996’s Cream Gun; from the gargantuan noise-prog classic Deadenator (1998) to the roaring anti-jazz knockout The Rumbling Quacking & Going Backwards Record (1999); from the fifty-song grindcore explosion Bloodsluice (1998) to the vicious “punk” onslaught of America Needs More Ass (2001), Vetoxa presents the unique trajectory of Reagan’s Polyp. Now you, too, can discover the most inventive – and the most underappreciated – rock group in the history of the American South.
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