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Aug 29, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Fatal Figures are the members of The Blowtops latest, a band I'm just getting to know also on Big Neck Records. These guys are making it happen in way way western New York where it's winter six months a year. Buffalo was the big city we would occasionally drive to to either go across the border to drink in Canada or go to Darien Lake and see a huge show. I played with someone from Buffalo who would tell me about all kinds of cool shit that was happening and I imagined living there one day. Their latest builds on that garage intensity with some hardcore influences while keeping that raw, live sound.

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Aug 18, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

 

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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Aug 13, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

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.

‘Scroggz Manor’ is due out in April on Big Neck Records. Fire Retarded’s next show is Saturday, March 22 at the Crystal Corner Bar.

- See more at: http://artsextract.com/2014/03/14/song-debut-fire-retarded-brain-burger/#sthash.SuK56zjw.dpuf
 

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Mar 11, 2013

Review of White Whale from 7 Inches Blog


http://7inches.blogspot.com/2013/03/white-whale-widows-peak-on-big-neck.html

White Whale "Widow's Peak" on Big Neck Records

Got this one in from White Whale, a three piece from Buffalo, NY. I remember friends with bands in Buffalo, that was the big time, to play a show out there, maybe cross the border for an underage beer. The coolest. Haven't heard much from this part of the country in a while...way off my radar, and that's probably just because they aren't pressing seven inches probably except these guys.

Category: General
Posted by: bart

White Whale "Widow's Peak" on Big Neck Records

 
Got this one in from White Whale, a three piece from Buffalo, NY. I remember friends with bands in Buffalo, that was the big time, to play a show out there, maybe cross the border for an underage beer. The coolest. Haven't heard much from this part of the country in a while...way off my radar, and that's probably just because they aren't pressing seven inches probably except these guys.
A-Side's "Widow's Peak" is full of rowdy guitars... yes, of the garage variety, but hidden somewhere in there is a real big pop feel with an overlay of just slightly weirdo guitar rhythms and feedback plinking inbetween the jamming riffs. Bashing the cymbals with a precise snare in an almost Abe Vigoda style (haven't heard anything like those guys in a while). Abstract vocal about the ocean in the rock trinity sound, lots of extra guitar layers of panic distortion, Patrick is laying into a melody on top of this and it's urgent, jagged, not laid back at all, really decisive and right in your face...with some uncertainty and looseness it's a nice combination of say... a hardcore sort of Westing (By Musket & Sextant). "Rats in the snow" this has a darker, faster edge, a real angsty number with deeper grooves cut into hardcore, the chorus of RATS RATS RATS! Head bashing, straight up one note solo time, a thick and heavy wall of distortion and his yelling is coming up over that wall, like Le corde, they're working with those hardcore rough speed elements but still very pop. The quirks keep it interesting and it's got to be a solid probably sweaty live show. Recorded real clean they have an exacting vision, even with the blindfolds on.
Pick up one of these clear dark purple singles from Big Neck Records.
 
http://7inches.blogspot.com/2013/03/white-whale-widows-peak-on-big-neck.html
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