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Sep 27, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart
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Wood Chickens - Countrycide

Countrycide, indeed! Mix fast-paced garage, punk, and hillbilly country music and you’ve got Wood Chickens. What San Francisco’s Polkacide did for polka music, Wood Chickens are doing for country music. Never fear, though, this isn’t the Nashville sound or the Grand Ol’ Opry. This is fucking hardcore punk music with lots of backwoods twang. I never would have thought this as a natural combination, but I guess in Wisconsin the cheese does weird things to your brain and it makes you come up with brilliant ideas like this. Of course it’s all tongue in cheek, but it’s quite convincing. Not everything is countrified, though. “King of Siam” is an awesome surf throwback to the 60s, and “Bones” is a breakneck paced garage track. “Satan’s Right Hand” has a Cajun sort of sound, while “Song for Flightless Birds” is a raging hardcore punk track right out of the 80s. It’s a crazy mash-up of genres here, but it works really well.

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Sep 25, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Vinyl Cave: "Countrycide" by Wood Chickens

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Sep 25, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Great Review from Razorcake on the Wood Chickens LP - Countrycide. Winner, winner, Chicken dinner!

WOOD CHICKENS: Countrycide: LP

The cowpunk genre is dangerous territory for me in that I’m unfamiliar with the roots and am quite indifferent to country music entirely (from Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard to Garth Brooks: not fucking sorry). Wood Chickens are definitely doing the cowpunk thing—right down to the cow skull on the cover—but songs like “Angie Hosh,” “Hex on Me,” and “Dyin’ on the Vine” are straight-up hardcore punk not unlike Everything Falls Apart-era Hüskers. “Flesh ‘N’ Blood” is a very Minutemen-esque song that also rules pretty hard. I was almost ready to dismiss this as forgettable alt-country (the Refreshments, et cetera) or even as Flogging Molly without the fiddles and accordion, but I’m really glad I gave this a closer look because there’s so many more layers to this record than just that. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! –Juan Espinosa

 

 

History Part 4

Jan 7, 2013

Best Freeby of the Week and Best Demo - Jan 7th


Best Freeby!

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.

 

 

Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Freeby!

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 TSF, 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.

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