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Sep 27, 2017
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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
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Posted by: bart

Vinyl Cave: "Countrycide" by Wood Chickens

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Sep 25, 2017
Category: General
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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 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?

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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.

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