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Oct 5, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

FIRE RETARDED:
Scroggz Manor: CD
Scuffed-up garage rock fronted by a vocalist who switches easily between cocky crooning and blown-out shrieking (with a noted preference for the latter). “Garage” is about as worn-out and oversaturated as a genre prefix can get these days, but Fire Retarded do spice things up with some unorthodox deviations into weirdo psych rock riffage. Comparisons to The Reatards are inevitable—do you think the name’s a coincidence? This stuff is fast, frenzied, and dirty. –Indiana Laub (Big Neck)

 

Oct 2, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. just reviewed 3 of our records in issue #82. Go buy and check them out. I will post them up here, 1 a day for the next 3 days. Oddly, they have not reviewed Sonny Vincent's new album.

Trust Fun Suicide: 7”EP
Female fronted, this four piece outta DC slaps together members of Lady Cop, Electrocutions, and SWALTB. Three new garage punk songs which cast shadows of The Runaways tear off into the title track, a jangly fuck you to all the trust fund babies and their inherited swag. Sal Go, the female vocalist, spits the title like a punch to their pretty, cocaine-eaten noses. “Ice Cream vs. Gasoline” is carried by a tight guitar hook like early Bass Drum Of Death. On the flip side, “Cut by a Hog” continues the catchy guitar leading into a clear, chirping solo and Sal’s sloppy Courtney Love voice. While all of this is well and good, they sound like an opening act—there to warm up the crowd, as the material isn’t especially engaging or memorable. But the fundamentals are there and with a little time and experimentation, they’ll be headlining a dive near you.  –Kristen K. (Big Neck)

Sep 26, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
Revved up punk'n'roll with wailing guitars that don't suck and snarly buncha vocals.  These are just basic drinking punk songs - so obviously don't expect a treatise on the state of humanity here - still, they play with a good level of intesity.  "Drinking for my Baby" is pretty generic tune but the bass and guitar tone is pretty rad. The last tune "Retaliate Now!" has more of a strum intro big late 80's/ early 90's grungy punk a la New Bomb Turks (who seem to be the primary influence of this band) and a bit of Mudhoney's "You Got It".  Nothing too special but not bad at the same time.
 

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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.