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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

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.

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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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