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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
Jul 25, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

A band who seem intent on trying to be this year’s Old Firm Casuals when it comes to most mentions in The Uber Rock Singles Club are garage punk rock leg-ends The X- Rays. Seemingly not content with just releasing a mighty fine split 7" with The Hip Priests. Gary X-Ray and his bunch of reformed punk rock reprobates return via Big Neck Records with a 3 track pink vinyl 7 " all of their own. 'Jameson Shot' kicks things off in fine form too all squealing guitars and overdriven vocals, this is supershitty punk rock to the max make no mistake. 

'Drinking For My Baby' (I’m noticing a them here are you?) on the B side continues the frenzied attack bringing to mind Gary's days spent fronting those Hip Hop Priests. Whilst 'Retaliate Now' the final track here actually has guitarist G-Man conjuring up images of Wayne Kramer at times proving to be a welcome distraction to the usual nonstop chaos the guys conjure up. The X-Rays are back with a bang with this 7", but make sure you get your copy before it’s too late.

 

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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.