Origin New York City
Genres Noise rock
Years active 1984-1990s
Labels Matador Records
Associated acts Pavement, Sonic Youth
Members Michael Duane, Mark Ibold, Dave Reid, Sasha Frere-Jones

The Dustdevils (sometimes styled as DustDevils or Dust Devils) were a noise rock band which was based in New York City for most of its history. It was active from the 1980s to the mid 1990s, and was among the first artists to be signed to Matador Records. Its members included bassist Mark Ibold, who later joined Pavement and Sonic Youth in 1992 and 2006, respectively.[1][2] Ibold met the band while working at a restaurant, and performed on their album Struggling Electric and Chemical.[3] Sasha Frere-Jones also played guitar in the group for a time.[4]


The band's history first dates back to 1984, when Michael Duane, the band's guitarist, met Jaqi Dulany (also known as Jaqui Delaney and Jacqui Cohen), who became the band's vocalist, in New York City. The band then relocated to Leeds from 1986 to 1988, during which time they released several records on Rouska and Keith Gregory of the Wedding Present joined the band as their bassist.[5] They released a Kramer-produced 7" entitled "Is Big Leggy" on TeenBeat Records in 1989, followed by Geek Drip later that year and Struggling Electric and Chemical in 1990. The Wharton Tiers-produced Struggling was released jointly by TeenBeat and Matador,[4] and opened with a cover of "Hip Priest" by The Fall, which was described by Greg Kot as "a mind-blowing masterpiece of corrosion and decay."[6] Jaqi and Michael split in 1993, which left Michael to look for replacement vocalists.[7]



  1. Bennett, Bruce (18 September 2010). "Pavement's Ibold Comes Home". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. Turner, Luke (23 June 2009). "Sonic Youth Interviewed: A Rude Awakening". The Quietus. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. Rob Jovanovic (2004). Perfect Sound Forever: The Story of Pavement. Justin, Charles & Co. pp. 72, 213.
  4. 1 2 Goldstein, Alex (2 November 2010). "Struggling Electric and Chemical: A Dustdevils Interview". WFMU. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. Mamone, Jordan. "Dustdevils". Trouser Press. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  6. Kot, Greg (31 January 1991). "Dust Devils Struggling, Electric and Chemical". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  7. Strong, Martin Charles (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate Books. p. 94.
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