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An American proto-punk rock band, formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975, by former members of other local underground scene bands, Electric Eels and Mirrors.

The Styrenes

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Leader Paul Marotta formed The Styrenes in Cleveland in 1974 after the demise of the Electric Eels.

They released a series of singles that David Fricke accurately described as “post-punk before punk happened”. Releases have ranged from the very abstract ‘Agit-Prop Piano’ (Paul’s avant solo piano LP) to the essential ‘A Monster and the Devil’, which marked Mike Hudson’s (ex-Pagans vocalist) debut in the group.

The collaboration began by mail Paul sending Mike his depressing music and Mike sending Paul his depressing lyrics.


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