San Francisco’s The Husbands raunch not unlike The Trashwomen or The Gories. They released two grimy garage-punk full lengths on Swami Records in the aughts, and a smattering of 7inch singles on Goodbye Boozy, Show & Tell, etc.
I knew of The Husbands Sadie Shaw and Sarah Reed because they were in The Bonnot Gang with Dale Shaw from Blood Sausage and Maggie Vail from Bangs. Bonnot Gang released a cassette on Tobi Vail’s (Bikini Kill) Bumpidee imprint, and a 7″ on Sharon Cheslow’s Decomposition label. Sadie also made music videos for Unwound and Emily’s Sassy Lime, as well as taking iconic record cover photos for Sassy Lime and Bonnot Gang. Mostly photos of girls leaving a trail of dead boys in their wake. I was a fan of Bonnot Gang and had even seen another band they did called The Lies in a punk house when I lived in Philly. I arrived in San Francisco around the time they were playing around town a lot as The Husbands. Playing with bands like Demolition Doll Rods and Coachwhips. So many of the riot girl bands worked within the context of 60’s garage, bands like The Frumpies and Emily’s Sassy Lime’s surfier instincts. So it made sense to me that coming from that scene, they’d become more firmly entrenched in garage punk slop n sleaze.
This is a cool music video of a tune from their second Swami Records full length There’s Nothing I’d Like More Than To See You Dead. I’m going to post some bonus footage if you care to look a little further into the bad girls of San Francisco garage punk, The Husbands.