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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 28, 2013

Best Freeby of the Week and Best Demo


Best Freeby:

Haven’t received much swag from our sister labels or other labels out there recently, but I will tell you that the bands out there are sending us a bundle of cool stuff.  I present to you the best Freeby this week was sent in by The Sworn Liars from Germany!  They sent this cool long sleeve tee shirt to us (remember folks, I am a big guy so send XL or above).

Best Demo:

Best Demo of the week comes from The Screaming Demons of Trashville.  So when the Things from Dublin decided to part ways there were two different camps.  Robbie went to the Cheap Freaks and started putting out the best Garage Rock n Roll we have ever heard.  In fact I will attest that the Cheap Freaks will take over Europe and the U.S. within the next couple years. The rest of the Things decided to form a new band that would rediscover their love of punk rock by exploring their roots.  They built their sound around late 70’s punk rock from the Ramones to the Stooges to the Stiff Little Fingers.  Throwing this all together you get a mean fast punk garage rock sound that explodes out of your speakers.  This is a band that commands the rock but also seems to just be having a great time playing these songs and this type of music.

Check out a few videos they have up on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAx-uNBU2Xo

Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Freeby:

Haven’t received much swag from our sister labels or other labels out there recently, but I will tell you that the bands out there are sending us a bundle of cool stuff.  I present to you the best Freeby this week was sent in by The Sworn Liars from Germany!  They sent this cool long sleeve tee shirt to us (remember folks, I am a big guy so send XL or above).

Best Demo:

Best Demo of the week comes from The Screaming Demons of Trashville.  So when the Things from Dublin decided to part ways there were two different camps.  Robbie went to the Cheap Freaks and started putting out the best Garage Rock n Roll we have ever heard.  In fact I will attest that the Cheap Freaks will take over Europe and the U.S. within the next couple years. The rest of the Things decided to form a new band that would rediscover their love of punk rock by exploring their roots.  They built their sound around late 70’s punk rock from the Ramones to the Stooges to the Stiff Little Fingers.  Throwing this all together you get a mean fast punk garage rock sound that explodes out of your speakers.  This is a band that commands the rock but also seems to just be having a great time playing these songs and this type of music.

Check out a few videos they have up on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAx-uNBU2Xo