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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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Apr 18, 2013

Record Store Day Compilation - How and Why


So tomorrow is Record Store Day and hopefully you are flocking to the store to pick up Big Neck Records RSD comp featuring The Livids (Eric Davidson from the New Bomb Turks), Xrays from the UK, Cheap Freaks from Dublin, and our very own Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The record is friggin great.  The Livids start it off with a blistering punk rocker, “Stop Bleeding”.  The Xrays take the A-side home with their charged up guitar riffs in “Six Pack Style”.  We then start off the b-side with the Cheap Freaks new song acid tripping, garage scorcher,” Don’t Get Much Better Than This”, and finally Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb close out the record with another great punk rock with front woman Sal Go tearing up the vocals, “CraveCase”.

You may ask, how did this great record come to be?

Category: General
Posted by: bart

So tomorrow is Record Store Day and hopefully you are flocking to the store to pick up Big Neck Records RSD comp featuring The Livids (Eric Davidson from the New Bomb Turks), Xrays from the UK, Cheap Freaks from Dublin, and our very own Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The record is friggin great.  The Livids start it off with a blistering punk rocker, “Stop Bleeding”.  The Xrays take the A-side home with their charged up guitar riffs in “Six Pack Style”.  We then start off the b-side with the Cheap Freaks new song acid tripping, garage scorcher,” Don’t Get Much Better Than This”, and finally Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb close out the record with another great punk rock with front woman Sal Go tearing up the vocals, “CraveCase”.

You may ask, how did this great record come to be?  Actually, it was all Eric Davidson’s idea.  Last year at the Big Neck Records fest in Baltimore the Livids destroyed the show with a blazing, balls to the wall set of ramped up punk rock.  I have known Eric for quite some time via the New Bomb Turks coming through Buffalo and playing at my bars, but mostly through friends like Odie Wilson from the Baseball Furies.  Right after the set, I was having a beer with Eric and begging him to release a record for the band. 

Now, what is great about Eric, other than being  an amazing writer, and one of this generation’s punk rock icons he is the nicest guy in the world who absolutely loves music.  We had a long night of bands that night and I don’t think Eric missed seeing a single one of them.

So, when I approached him about doing the record, he looked at me with one eye, gave me the Popeye look and said, “that’s a good idea, we will be recording soon.  Maybe we can do a split with that first band, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb?”  I bought him another beer and said, “whatever you want to do, we are in!”

Before he left the show, we gave Eric a bundle of Big Neck’s recent swag. 

Flash Forward a couple months, Eric wrote a couple articles about the Cheap Freaks and I decided to call him and remind him of the record. He immediately dove into how much he liked the Cheap Freaks album and the Stop Worrying single, but then started discussing how we were doing the new single for the newly reformed Xrays (Empty Records punk rock legends).  He basically said, wouldn’t it be great if we did a compilation 7” with the Xrays, Cheap Freaks and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb?  Yes it would.

It was a great idea.  That or Eric gave out all the Livids songs already.  What I love about this is that every fan who buys this for the Livids will get a full taste and slap in the face of the sound of Big Neck Records.  We have never let go of the idea of tough punk rock n roll with great hooks.  No hippy psyche rock reminding you of the 60’s.

So, compilation created.  Record store day was our release date and thanks to United Record Pressing we made it.

Go buy it, you will not regret it in anyway.