The duo known as Specula
(comprised of Specter Spec and Sigh Moan
) started out as essentially a noise rock band, but eventually transformed into something entirely different. They released several 7" singles on the Monkeytech and Stomach Ache labels from 1991 through 1995, until releasing their full-length debut, Erupt
, on Scat in 1995. It was on this release that the group introduced their new direction -- a Stooges
-like sound, with enough attitude to make Iggy Pop
proud. Since there is no drummer or bassist in Specula
, the duo employed the help of Urge Overkill
's Blackie O.
and Material Issue
's Mike Zelenko
to lend some drum loops (Zelenko
has also toured with the group). Specula
also incorporates homemade instruments into their sound, creating a wacked-out sense of unpredictability. The musical genres become successfully fused together after awhile, leaving the listener wondering if it's punk, experimental, alternative, or just good old rock & roll. After the release of Erupt
, the group embarked on a successful tour that took them well into 1996.