"My favorite part of Nora Hate was the curse of no comparison.
Not that we had no influence, but they were vast , vauge and
sorted. This never did us any good in the real world, but In our
fantasy we were the rulers. No one sounded like us no one
abused the structure of song or the setiment of a love song quite
like us." Brody said.
In 1991 Chad Belvill, Brody Maag & Justin Bloominstock were playing together in the Creeps. They wrangled up Chad Trone and started Nora Hate. The band was named after a run down VW Bug that took them to practice. Chad B. decided to move to the East coast soon after. Before leaving he had replaced himself with Brian Berg, a guy from Arlington Heights that he knew. Brian was singing in Nora Hate for the second show? It was the second show at the Washington VFW in 1992 that really sparked Peoria's underground music scene for the 90's.
I think that line up of Nora Hate only played two or three more times till Justin moved on. Only one song remained after the line up change.
-1991 Practice Link
Chris Cowgil was lured from his 6 string to fill in Justin's spot on bass. Brody and Brian moved in with their friend Derrick. The three of them took shelter in an odd little house on Fredonia christened Fredomia High. That was the new home base for the band. Nora Hate hosted the first show at Airwaves Skatepark, which turned into the place to play in Peoria, sharing the floor with The 3Boyfriends, Terata, Frozen at Sea, Dollface, The Dave Moe Band, Resin and many others. The band was bringing in a lot of other Illinois bands. Hundreds of people came to those shows. So many different types of music played together. It was a mess of a party and everyone got into everything.
In 1992 the Corn Jam cassette was released. Corn Jam was recorded in Canton, IL with Ed Carper.
In 1993 they put together Stacey Looes Shakey. The record was also recorded at Ed's in Canton, this time with the help Matt Shane from Dollface and finished with Paul Adams for the final mix. A special gift lived in each release, like the surprise received in a Cracker Jacks box. The prizes were hand picked by each cassette's assembler. ....thanks Julie, Kim and Gared
-1993 Stacey Looes Shakey
Around this time, Nora Hate was invited by the Neptunes to make a little trip to the Smile Coffee in Davenport. This was captured by the owner.
Nora Hate at Smile Coffee - The Neptunes at Smile Coffee
1994 saw Nora Hate visiting Picture Perfect Studios in Bellevue, IL to record 3 songs for the Naked Bums "Now Playing in Peoria" Comp. Only two were used.
Chris got a house with Dave and "Pete" in Peoria. Nora Hate would relocate to that basement. Mostly playing shows downtown at the VFW that John Wright/Naked Bums would put on.
Brian had finished school at Bradley and moved back North. He was traveling down for shows and the occasional practice. To keep him up to date they got Jeremy Kerner and his 4-Track over to capture the current batch of songs they had going on. This would be the last product Nora Hate never released.....until 2014