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Apr 8, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Go buy it in the store!

Apr 1, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
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Ok, so I had the band name and the record title reversed for a little while before coming to my senses. The Big Neck label outta Northern, VA (ie: the DC area) has been releasing some real righteous stuff as of late and I’m finally beginning to take notice. Take this quartet, for instance. Sal, Mike, Curt and Nathan play these 14 songs as if their life depended on it (who knows, maybe beer and pizza was promised to them at the end of the recording session). They recorded with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders and that dude has a talent of getting the best out of bands. These guys go right for the jugular on the opening tune “Love Your Guns” and don’t take a breath until the final cut, “Let’s Get Hurt.” Of the twelve songs in between a few of my favorites include “Soupline for Annihilation,” “Not Another Day,” “Lawyer Up” and “Intensity in Tent Cities” (ha ha ha ha ). If you dig other howlers like New Bomb Turks or Electric Frankenstein (Jay Reatard, too) then trust me, you’ll be ok with this.
Mar 19, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart

14 amazing songs by Tom Potter and crew, covering the life of the Seger System!

 

 

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May 15, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Cheap Freaks "Play Four Songs" on Big Neck Records
 
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Even in the Internet age it seems rare to hear about garage-punk bands on the other side of the ocean. There are pockets of singles I hear about occasionally on France’s Les Disques Steak or Atelier Ciseaux, but I can't remember the last time I heard raw stripped down punk pop coming out of Dublin from The Cheap Freaks. Bass guitar/vocalist Robbie Brady from The Things got together with guitarist/vocalist Alan Dodd a few years back and this single was recorded back in 2009 and is just hitting shelves now a couple years later. This direction is an early loud and scuzzy start that could instantly belong in any number of contemporary scenes.
May 2, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Freeby and Best Demo of the Week

Best Freeby:

 

Birthday Suits – Wonderland America

The Birthday Suites were doing an East Coast Tour last week (thank god some bands still believe in the east coast) and made a stop in DC.  For all that do not know who the Birthday Suits are, they are Hideo and Mathew from Sweet JAP fame and they are the most awesome two people on this earth.  Not only are they the nicest guys I have ever met, but when they are playing live you have never heard or seen two people play so LOUD and put on such a sensory overloaded show.  In short they kick everyone’s ass.  I mean that.  I went to the show and hung out with the both of them and Hideo gave me a copy of their new single out on Asian Man Records!

 

Me and the Boys

There are only three two piece bands that I have ever liked in history, Bantam Rooster was the very first and it was Tom Potter that introduced me to the idea that two people could carry the stage and a full set of songs.  It was the Birthday Suits who introduced me to the idea that two guys could create a wall of noise, nay a barrage of rock, no a Tsunami of Sound!  They are amazing because they sound like a full band and in their new single, they do not disappoint.  Great guitar hooks with Hideo’s voice lacing the song throughout with chorus after chorus.  Mathew’s drumming just never ceases, Dave Grohl would stop and gaze in wonder at the abilities of Mathew and how he beats the hell out of his kit and just plain creates a beat that you can literally feel changing your heart rhythm.  These three songs do not disappoint and I whole heartedly recommend pick this up ASAP.

Best Demo of the Week:

Beasteater

Well speaking of Tom Potter…

 

Aaron Aducci (ex-Blowtops) called me a couple months ago and told me that the Fatal Figures wanted to do something different.  His idea was to bring Tom Potter in from Detroit for a weekend write a bunch of songs and then go record with the infamous Jim Diamond.  I laughed a little, but they did it.  Tom came, they wrote and they went to Diamonds.  Before the trip to Detroit, Scott the drummer for the Fatal Figures ended up with a bit of a health issue, so he could not make it to record.  Thank god the drummer from the infamous garage rock band The Dirtys was available to record with them.  They pumped out 9 great tunes where Tom sings on 4 songs, Aaron on 3 and Tracy on 2.

You can definitely tell the difference, Tom’s songs are slightly more to the straight ahead punk rock side and brings to mind a cross between the full rock sound of the Chrome Spiders with the speed and anger of Bantam Rooster – so good.  I have always loved Aaron as a lead singer and he does not disappoint, singing three song ala the same vein as the Fatal Figures, loud, noisy, Pussy Galoresque Garage Rock.  The surprise is when Tracy gets up to the mic.  If you know Tracy, she is one of the sweetest nicest girls I have ever met and she commands the mic in these songs.  Singing a couple really poppy, hook driven punk rockers, my favorite being ‘Ovary Action’.

Great friggin demo and hopefully we will have this sucker out by the end of the year.

 

Apr 21, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Record store day has come and gone and we have hundreds of people who keep asking us how to get a hold of the compilation because their local record store was not smart enought to carry it.  We saved a couple hundred for this purpose.

HOLLYWOOD - Love Child it out too!  This record kicks so much ass its unbelievable.  If you do not believe me, go to Big Neck's Sound Cloud page and listen to "Up All Night" or "Fingers."

Both of these records are for sale in the Specials link on under the store.  Click on it and buy both of them!

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