The Red Krayola
The Red Krayola

The Red Krayola Biography (Wikipedia)

The Red Krayola (formerly the Red Crayola) was an American underground rock band from Houston, Texas, formed in 1966 by the original trio of singer/guitarist Mayo Thompson, drummer Frederick Barthelme, and bassist Steve Cunningham.

The group formed as part of the same 1960s Texas psychedelic scene as the Thirteenth Floor Elevatorswhile studying art at the University of St. Thomas, signing with independent label International Artists. Their confrontational, experimental approach employed noise and "free-form freak-outs", presaging the development of industrial rock and winning them a small cult following.

The Red Crayola disbanded in the late 1960s, but were resurrected in the late 1970s when Thompson moved to England and found favor in the post-punk scene. Thompson continued using the name, in its legally altered spelling, for his musical projects since, recording on European labels such as Rough Trade and Recommended. In the mid-1990s, Thompson returned to the United States, signing with Drag City and releasing further albums.

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