Brighton, UK based IBG were around in one form or the other since 1991 and started out as an idea of guitarist/vocalist Andrew Clare. Clare was running his own label called Graphic Death since the age of 16 and, according to him, IBG was a way for him to try out things that outside of the realm of artists that he already worked with.
Initially, the band included only Clare himself and a drum machine, but eventually he also hired bassist Dave Campbell and drummer Simon Ounsworth. By the early 90s, his label Graphic Death turned from a tiny tape-only DIY label to an actual record label, mutated into Infinite Chug and started releasing material by IBG (as well as fellow brethren, such as Soul-Junk and Small Things).
First release on Clare’s new label was IBG’s 1993 single “Hate Sturdy Buildings”.Broken Guitar website described it as “Pug ugly and hideously deformed.” with “”Suzi Quatro” ” being “slow paced, fuzzed to the hilt” and “tugging very slightly at Caroliner Rainbo’s skirt hem.” while “3 tracks on the flip side” “with varied levels of skree, drum machine cross fire and mumbled vocals confirm IBG have been listening to Lure Luxx, Truman’s Water, Ruins, The Fall and even THEMSELVES.””
More line-up changes ensued and the band added Jason Williams and Tim Hall (both of whom were previously playing in Garner) and Ounsworth left the band due to health problems. The band produced another single called “We Have The Balleen” and embarked on their first UK tour. The band also toured Europe and legendary BBC DJ John Peel invited them to record a radio session.
Due to an underground buzz that the band produced, labels such as Slampt, Che and Lissy approached them with an offer of a record deal. Lissy managed to lure the band into a recording studio and allow them to start working on a new album (which contained some of the Peel Sessions material), but it wasn’t finished due to the fact that Clare severely damaged his hand, while the band was recording the second side of the record.
In early ’95, the band finally finished the album and Clare’s was finally able to record again, but the band faced the legal problems since Lissy were not allowed to use BBC material. During that time, Williams also fell a victim to cancer and the band decided to go on as a trio with Campbell and Clare also forming a new band called Floorjacker.
By the mid 90s the band was going through a multitude of line-up changes and they also contributed plenty of tracks to various compilations, including “Breaking The Plastic Hymen” (Fisheye), “Disco Sucks” (Che Trading) and “Elastic Jet Mission” / “4-Track-4-Track” (both on Slampt).
In 1998, the band produced “Poisonous Life” album and they were preparing for a European tour in the early 2000. However, many tour dates fell through and disillusioned, the band stopped recording for almost a year. They finally managed to return to the record studio in order to release a new album called “Sub Plot”.
According to All Music Guide website “Sub Plot” proved to be a darker affair than their previous records, with Sunday Times journalist Stewart Lee describing the record as being “heavier than the most determined nu-metal band, yet evidencing an intelligent, focused intent.”
Outside of IBG, band members were also involved in numerous side projects – Clare is in Small Things, while other members are/were in Runt, Litmus, Baron Samedi and 100 Pets.
Jussi Brightmore (100 Pets)
Tim Hall (Hey Colossus)
Tom Barnes (Cat On Form)
Terrifying Shirts Cass ( Graphic Death Audio Products, Unknown Year)
The Life & Times Of I’m Being Good Cass ( Graphic Death Audio Products, 1992)
Hate Sturdy Buildings 7″ (Graphic Death Audio Products + Infinite Chug, 1993)
In Glorious Space Age Stereo: Gods With Proboscis 7″ (Infinite Chug + Destroy All Music, 1994)
Escape From Planet Suck Cass (Graphic Death Audio Products, 1995)
The Glint Of Spears Cass (Graphic Death Audio Products, 1995)
I’m Being Good / Trumans Water Split 7″ (Infinite Chug, 1998)
Poisonous Life CD (Infinite Chug, 1998)
8 Of Us R Dead CD (Infinite Chug, 2003)
Family Snaps CD (Jonson Family, 2005)
“Town Is Weird” + “Slimey Veil” on Elastic Jet Mission (Slampt, 1994)
“Beach Recordings” on The Future Sound Of Plankton (Plankton, 1995)
“Salmon Not Eels” on Disco Sucks (Che Trading, 1996)
“Killick Versus Pye” on 4 Track 4 Track (Slampt, 1997)
“Three:Ten” on Breaking The Plastic Hymen, Vinyl Virgins & Lo-Fi Whores (Fisheye, 1997)
“Nostalgic For Fake Times” on The Twominutemen 2 (Jonson Family, 2003)
“He Has Unborn Eyes On Long Tinsel Stalks” on Tribute To John Peel, Session 4 (Tribute To John Peel)
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