Scroggz Manor: CD
Scuffed-up garage rock fronted by a vocalist who switches easily between cocky crooning and blown-out shrieking (with a noted preference for the latter). “Garage” is about as worn-out and oversaturated as a genre prefix can get these days, but Fire Retarded do spice things up with some unorthodox deviations into weirdo psych rock riffage. Comparisons to The Reatards are inevitable—do you think the name’s a coincidence? This stuff is fast, frenzied, and dirty. –Indiana Laub (Big Neck)
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. just reviewed 3 of our records in issue #82. Go buy and check them out. I will post them up here, 1 a day for the next 3 days. Oddly, they have not reviewed Sonny Vincent's new album.
Trust Fun Suicide: 7”EP
Female fronted, this four piece outta DC slaps together members of Lady Cop, Electrocutions, and SWALTB. Three new garage punk songs which cast shadows of The Runaways tear off into the title track, a jangly fuck you to all the trust fund babies and their inherited swag. Sal Go, the female vocalist, spits the title like a punch to their pretty, cocaine-eaten noses. “Ice Cream vs. Gasoline” is carried by a tight guitar hook like early Bass Drum Of Death. On the flip side, “Cut by a Hog” continues the catchy guitar leading into a clear, chirping solo and Sal’s sloppy Courtney Love voice. While all of this is well and good, they sound like an opening act—there to warm up the crowd, as the material isn’t especially engaging or memorable. But the fundamentals are there and with a little time and experimentation, they’ll be headlining a dive near you. –Kristen K. (Big Neck)
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Best Freeby of the week:
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb tee shirt - at the show on Saturday Sal gave me one of their new tee shirts and it's sweet.
Best Demo of the week:
Drugs Dragons - Tony Sagger sent me a CDR for Drugs Dragons II&I/II. I have to admit off that bat that I am not a big fan of Drugs Dragons, I was a huge fan of Sagger and Tony's solo work. I think I am just kind of sick of the 60's psych garage rock. Even though Drugs Dragons takes that sound to a whole other level, a weird and heavy as hell whole other level, still not my cup of tee. What I do love about this is the time and efffort Tony puts into any of his releases, look at this CDR:
He created the packaging by hand and drew/painted the cemetary scene, and then cut out the moon and stars so the CD would shine through. Unbeleivable! The time it took to do this is astronomical and its cool as hell.
HOLLYWOOD and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb played this weekend at a Birthday party in DC. Cory and I decided to stop by. Great show at a bar called the Pinch. Stop Worrying got on stage first and just had a grand old time of it. As you can see by the photos they were wearing football helmets and begging people in the audience to throw things at them or hit them in the helmet. Too funny.
Sal figured it out first that she had to lift the helmet to sing, Mike went through a couple songs till we yelled at him to fix it. Still a great show and fun.
HOLLYWOOD was up next and belted out a great set of tunes from their upcoming "Love Child" LP and a bundle of brand new songs!
Ramma Lamma 7" from Dusty Medical
This is a great pop rock single put out by Dusty Medical. 2 songs of great pop punk rock created and fronted by a husband and wife team from Milawaukee. The songs have a mild hint of glam rock crossed with a lot of pop rock. A bit too much pop in there for me. I still like tough rock n roll. For what it is, it is really well done and of course its put out by our good friend Kevin Mistreater on Dusty Medical.
Best demo of the week!
Musk - from Rob of Tractor Sex Fatality. This is Rob's new band after the Butcher Cover. Musk sounds like a very stripped down Tractor Sex Fatality. The music moves along like the band is bludgeoning their instruments on the stage and Rob's vocals give it a nice sick twist. Rob's vocals are very distinct here as in they were in TSF, but in TSF he was covered up a lot by the music, but with this stripped down sound his vocals are right in front, disturbing you with every note. It sounds great. I enjoyed all 5 songs and did not want it to end.