This band was described once as being like Yoko Ono fronting Minor Threat, covering Trout Mask Replica at double speed. It is every bit as insanely brilliant as that sounds. I don't know much about the individual band members- the guitarist Bill Orcutt recently did an album of acoustic guitar improv (with the two middle strings removed) that got quite a good review in The Wire; but other than that who knows? But in a way that is better to listen to something without any baggage or expectations created by the musicians involved other work. It is hard to know what to say about this stuff, but suffice to say if you do like any of the artists mentioned above, or hardcore punk, or noise, then you need to get this.