|Sonny Vincent - 'Cyanide Consommé' (Big Neck Records)|
I'm on it and will shout from the rooftops once more: Sonny fucking Vincent has a new record out and you should buy it because it's a killer release crammed full of fourteen noisey, punk rock attitude, rock and rolla, motherfucking songs! Now thats 'Cyanide Consommé' pretty much in a nut shell!
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Madison garage-punk outfit Fire Retarded‘s debut full-length, ‘Scroggz Manor,’ crams a lot more melody, swing, and space into the thwacking frenzy the band has cultivated at its shows and on last year’s ‘High Horse’ EP. (Previously, they’ve teased the album online with “Meat Stairs” and “Nothing Said.”) The relatively new band still centers around guitarist Tyler Fassnacht’s raw, often screamed vocals and drummer Alex Ross’ direct, shambling rhythms. The addition of Hussy member Bobby Hussy on second guitar (full disclosure: Bobby and I work together a bit at MadCity Music Exchange), who also recorded the album, helps to flesh out the approach here, including new versions of two songs from the EP. The album’s closing track, “Overrated Kayak,” is a much bigger surprise, running longer than five minutes to the band’s usual two-minutes-ish, and slowing down for a bit of jangly, sweetly sad power-pop. But for now, I wanted to focus on what the band does with the one minute and 45 seconds of “Brain Burger,” cramming a catchy vocal melody into the verses even as Fassnacht and Hussy’s guitars cultivate a deceptively unstable, messy feel before tightening up for a prodding, shouted chorus. Stream the song above.
A band who seem intent on trying to be this year’s Old Firm Casuals when it comes to most mentions in The Uber Rock Singles Club are garage punk rock leg-ends The X- Rays. Seemingly not content with just releasing a mighty fine split 7" with The Hip Priests. Gary X-Ray and his bunch of reformed punk rock reprobates return via Big Neck Records with a 3 track pink vinyl 7 " all of their own. 'Jameson Shot' kicks things off in fine form too all squealing guitars and overdriven vocals, this is supershitty punk rock to the max make no mistake.
'Drinking For My Baby' (I’m noticing a them here are you?) on the B side continues the frenzied attack bringing to mind Gary's days spent fronting those Hip Hop Priests. Whilst 'Retaliate Now' the final track here actually has guitarist G-Man conjuring up images of Wayne Kramer at times proving to be a welcome distraction to the usual nonstop chaos the guys conjure up. The X-Rays are back with a bang with this 7", but make sure you get your copy before it’s too late.
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.