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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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AUGUST 14, 2017

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

Apr 7, 2013

Jack Jimmy Hoodlum demos on Iphone App


I put up the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums demo on the IPhone App.  Download it from the store for FREE. Search Big Neck. 

Over the years, since I put the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums song Loose Power number one on the Pain in the Big Neck Compilation CD, everyone has been asking who are those guys?  Where did they come from?  Why has there been no more from them?  Are there more recordings?

Here is the short version:

Category: General
Posted by: bart

I put up the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums demo on the IPhone App.  Download it from the store for FREE. Search Big Neck. 

Over the years, since I put the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums song Loose Power number one on the Pain in the Big Neck Compilation CD, everyone has been asking who are those guys?  Where did they come from?  Why has there been no more from them?  Are there more recordings?

Here is the short version:

You may have a little history of the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums from the History of Big Neck.  Basically the band consisted of Sean Garrow, Rob (who was the original bassist for the band Lollipop on Amp Rep), and honestly I forgot who the drummer was.  Hopefully Sean will read this and update me on their history so we can put into the History portion of the website.

They were at one time the premier punk rock band in Buffalo, NY right behind the Baseball Furies.  I remember every band who was big in town or coming through town would ask to play with the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums.  Sean would always play in these tight pink pants and chew gum while he played.  Rob always wore these silver sequined pants that I thought were way too tight to ever fit on any man.  These guys would tear up a stage with the best hook filled punk rock in Buffalo.

They were originally slated to be the first release on Big Neck Records, a split with the Blowtops.  The Hoodlums went into the studio and cranked out 8 classic songs.  They immediately gave me a copy.  Continued to tear up the Buffalo scene, but then they decided to break up.  I remember Sean wanting to move out of Buffalo.  Rob at the time was working for the city in parking violations (he used to sneak up on my car at Sanctuary and leave fake tickets for $1,000,000) and I think he wanted to lead a lifestyle outside of rock n roll.

I was filled with great sadness at learning of their demise.  Big Neck moved the first single to an all Blowtops single.  I always loved the Jack Jimmy Hoodlums stuff so when I finally had a chance to release part of of it, I did on the compilation.  I will still attest to this day, Loose Power is one of the most kick ass songs to ever come out of Buffalo.

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