Dazzling Killmen were one of the most accomplished 1990s math rock bands, combining a punk-inspired noisy ruckus with jazzy
Sun Ra-type intelligence and complex arrangements. The group was composed of midwestern jazz students — drummer Blake
Fleming, guitarist Tim Garrigan, bassist Darin Gray — and vocalist Nick Sakes. The St. Louis-based group caught the attention of
Skin Graft Records, released two full-length albums, as well as several 7” singles before breaking up.
Today, its members are better known for their later projects — like Fleming’s Laddio Bolocko, The Mars Volta and Electric Turn
To Me, Colossamite and Sicbay, and a collaboration between Gray and Jim O’Rourke, Brise-Glace.