But I must say, '70's NYC punk influence is alive and well, still pulsing through the veins of SONNY VINCENT's work. Songs "Jealousy," "Supernova," and "Corner Stone" are as good as anything the TESTORS could dish out. Vincent's voice still as snotty and raw as it was in his twenties. Solid hooks, fast and anxious delivery - it's good.
I like when punk still has that homemade feel, if things are too polished it can lose the raw sound that can only happen in one take under less than perfect conditions. Like those home recordings on a four track in the bedroom, if you try to artificially recreate that feel you’ll immediately know it. Something will be different. You can hear it right away with the X-Rays, these guys pulled themselves together just long enough to write a single with alcohol fueling the subject matter and recording session.
If you bought issue #377 of MRR you know that they reviewed all of our last 4 releases at once. So, we will put them up here, one for each day.
First off is the NV's with Trust Fun Suicide EP
This EP gives us 3 songs of tried and true garage punk. Poppy, fast, melodic, and sharp. Just like your favorite MUFFS song. These guys don't give you anything new; you've probably heard bands play songs just like these ones many times before. But I don't think this is the kind of music meant for someone looking for something new. It's meant for people that already know what they want and they want more of it! And if you are looking for catchy pub-punk with attitude this will be something you like.
Big Neck is SOLD on the OBN IIIs - Live Review
Scott and I rolled into the back room at the Black Cat and immediately the OBN IIIs started laying down some catchy rock n roll riffs. They were loud, they were agressive, and their songs had dynamic range. The music was great, the band was killing it, but the real winner was the lead singer Orville....
Recently I went down to the Black Cat in DC to meet Scott Wilson (Electricutions and NVs fame) for a few beers and I saw that Ex-Cult from Goner were playing. I was pretty excited because Eric from Goner does not put out bad music and I have not seen a good show in a long time.
Got to the Club, met Scott and started pouring beer down my throat. I learned immediately that the OBN IIIs were opening for the Ex-Cult, I have heard some good things about them, but nothing spectacular. Rich from Termbo just always told me that their records (put out by Tic Tac Totally) were okay.
Scott and I rolled into the back room at the Black Cat and immediately the OBN IIIs started laying down some catchy rock n roll riffs. They were loud, they were agressive, and their songs had dynamic range. The music was great, the band was killing it, but the real winner was the lead singer Orville.
I don't think I have ever seen a singer work the crowd like this guy, he was channeling a bit of Danzig and a lot of Iggy Pop and he was all over the place. Rocking the f'n venue. I was stunned, I have not seen a show, this good in a long time, by a band this good, with a lead singer that had such an amazing give and take with the crowd. One minute they loved him, the next he was pissing them off, then back to rock and love! It was a great set. Their song Nicky the Knife, got everyone into a frenzy at the end, because of the slow build up.
Why I know it was a great show, because it has been a week or more and I am still thinking about how great the band was and how charasmatic Orville as a frontman was.
The Ex-Cult hit the stage right afterward and they were damn good, but the OBN IIIs blew them away.
Big Neck is sold on the OBN IIIs and if any of those guys see this review we would love to do any record wiith them!