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|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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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.
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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!