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Sep 27, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart
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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
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Vinyl Cave: "Countrycide" by Wood Chickens

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Sep 25, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart

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

Aug 5, 2013

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....

 

Category: General
Posted by: bart

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!

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