David Yow

David Yow
David Yow

David Yow with Qui at The Knitting Factory (Hollywood)
Background information
Birth name David Lambeth Yow
Born August 2, 1960 (1960-08-02) (age 51)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Genres Alternative rock, noise rock, post-hardcore
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass
Years active 1982–present
Labels Rabid Cat
Touch and Go
Associated acts Scratch Acid
The Jesus Lizard

David Yow (born August 2, 1960) is an American musician born in Las Vegas, Nevada and best known as the vocalist for the noise rock bands Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard.


In 1982, Yow formed the Austin, Texas-based punk/noise rock group Scratch Acid. The group's initial lineup featured Steve Anderson (vocals), David Wm. Sims (guitar), Brett Bradford (guitar), Yow (bass), and Rey Washam (drums). Anderson was kicked out of the band early in their career, prompting Yow to move to vocals and Sims to move to bass. After releasing three albums and developing a strong following, the band disbanded in 1987.

Yow and Sims next formed The Jesus Lizard in 1987 with guitarist Duane Denison. The trio relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1989. They used a drum machine for their earliest recordings and performances before adding drummer Mac McNeilly after recording their first EP Pure. Yow achieved wide notoriety for playing shows completely drunk and incoherent. Of touring with Jesus Lizard, Yow said: "I enjoyed writing songs and acting like an idiot with those guys. To make enough money to support ourselves." [1] The Jesus Lizard eventually landed a spot on the Lollapalooza tour and signed to Capitol Records, despite earning little commercial success. During the course of their career, The Jesus Lizard released six studio albums (the last of which featured Jim Kimball replacing McNeilly), three EPs and a live album before breaking up in 1999.

In 2006, Yow, Sims, Washam and Bradford reformed Scratch Acid for the Touch and Go Records 25th Anniversary Festival in Chicago. They also performed a series of reunion shows in Austin (09/02/06), Chicago (09/09/06), and Seattle (09/16/06).

In late 2006, Yow officially joined the two-piece Los Angeles band Qui as a full-time member, after playing several shows as a "special guest." Of his two bandmates, Yow said: "Well, they're both just fucking brilliant, y'know? I have never in all my years in the music industry encountered two guys with more talent, more vision ... and who are as driven to greatness as these two are." [2] On January 25, 2008, Yow was hospitalized in Pittsburgh with a collapsed lung, following a Wrekmeister Harmonies performance at the Andy Warhol Museum.[3] He was released from hospital a few days later.[4]

In 2008, The Jesus Lizard reformed with the classic lineup and embarked on several tours. They again lapsed into inactivity at the end of the following year.

Yow has also appeared live with other bands, including Cop Shoot Cop, Shellac, The Dicks, The Melvins, and has contributed vocals to various albums and recordings by Helmet, The Melvins, Model/Actress, and others.

According to his close friend and recording engineer Steve Albini, Yow is an accomplished cook and has worked in several restaurants in Austin and Chicago.[5] Yow also has an extensive resume of graphic design work. He is known in his field for retouching photographs and is a former employee of Upshot, an advertising agency. Yow also recorded a commentary track for Tool's DVD single "Schism" in 2005.

David has mentioned his love of his Maine Coon cats, and currently has at least two cats, Little Buddy and Baby Boy.

His first New York solo art show opened at Fuse Gallery on August, 2011 and will run until September 21, 2011.

He appears as an actor in a few movies, including Big Money Rustlas.

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