Stigmata - 1980s North Carolina Trio
- Gary Carter
- Jackie Ligon
guitar, keyboards, Roland drum machine
- Mike Poole
Stigmata Songs on MP3
In the North Carolina rock music scene of the 1980s there was no other band that sounded quite like Stigmata (not to be confused with the band of the same name that appeared later in the 1990s). From their formation in late 1985 in Archdale, NC, just outside of High Point, to their breakup in late 1987, the band produced a unique sound that could not be easily categorized, but many referred to as "electro-punk" or "synth-punk."
Stigmata were a trio comprised of Jackie Ligon on guitar and keyboards, Mike Poole on bass synthesizer, and Gary Carter, vocalist. Ligon was also responsible for programming the Roland drum machine the group used as its rhythm section.
Stigmata got their start June 28th, 1986 at the old Ziggy's rock club in Winston-Salem, opening for local punk/pop rock phenomenon The Apostles. Mike's twin brother, Steve Poole, was the major guitar force for The Apostles as well as vocalist and songwriter.
Artwork by Mike Duggins
The trio were soon heard and championed by Steve King, guitarist for the highly acclaimed Greensboro band, The Othermothers. King convinced his band mates to let the fledgling group serve as an opening band for The Othermothers. The two groups performed several successful shows together in the Greensboro and Charlotte area.
Because of the tremendous audience popularity of The Othermothers, Stigmata found themselves exposing their unique music to a much wider audience than before. This visibility soon led to gigs with other well known North Carolina artists, notably The Naked Ramblers and Geezer Lake.
Their increasing popularity finally resulted in Stigmata headlining their own shows at The Milestone in Charlotte and at Hot Tamales in Greensboro. Stigmata also made a very memorable appearance at a benefit held at the Greensboro Armory to help raise funds for the Greensboro Urban Ministry that featured many of the Triad's top alternative bands, including the avant-garde group Chuck.
Towards the end of their two-year run Stigmata were planning on releasing a commercial cassette tape of some of their songs, but the group disbanded before any deal was settled.
The songs listed here, which is a small portion of their total repertoire, come directly from the original master tape maintained by the band and represent the first public release of any of the copywrited Stigmata songbook. The recordings were made between 1986-87 on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder and mixed down to a two-track cassette deck onto metal tape. All the recordings were made in the tiny apartment that Jackie Ligon and Mike Poole shared at the time in Archdale, NC.
-- Gary Carter (aka Gary Stigmata), March 2006
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