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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.
Sep 24, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Fire Retarded - Scroggz Manor LP/CD
 
Fire Retarded is a good garage rock / punk band from Madison, WI.  One of the things I like about them is they're able to inject a healthy dose of hyper punk energy into their songs and not get bogged down by garage rock cliches.  Also, every song is catchy as fuck.  The record has a perfectly fuzzy recording that suites the whole thing perfectly.  They remind me of the kind of band you wanted to see opening up for JAY REATARD, as opposed to the fucking posers who usually opened up for him.  Go ahead and get it.  I feel like this one will really grow on me over time. (GH)
Sep 23, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

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.

 

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Sep 24, 2013

MRR reviews of HOLLYWOOD and RSD compilation


HOLLYWOOD - "Love Child" LP

From the home of the late great Edith Massey comes some brattey '70s inspired punk rock.  At they're best moments they remind me of RED CROSS or GREEN RIVER.  Almost a Seattle grunge throwback at times with shades of 60s punk and 70s glam with one of those singers that I picture with his shirt off, bleedng track marks and who ends every song line with a cat howling eeeeooowwwww! PRETTY GOOD. (RO)

V/A - "Big Neck Record Store Day Compilation" EP

One track each by LIVIDS, XRAYS, CHEAP FREAKS and STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. LIVIDS come right out of the gate with a driving rager that's got great guitar and just doesn't stop.  It just pulls you in.  XRAYS continue with another one that has got a great guitar sound and is delivered with a great sense of urgency.  I can't imagine the second side will match the intensity of these two.  Turns out I may be wrong.  CHEAP FREAKS slow things down a bit, but they don't slow down the intensity.  SWALTB close things out with a female fronted number, which also includes what sounds like a tamborine...Jezus. And it's got some wicked guitar.  Honestly, this is one of the best compilation EPs I've heard in ages. (KK)

Category: General
Posted by: bart

HOLLYWOOD - "Love Child" LP

From the home of the late great Edith Massey comes some brattey '70s inspired punk rock.  At they're best moments they remind me of RED CROSS or GREEN RIVER.  Almost a Seattle grunge throwback at times with shades of 60s punk and 70s glam with one of those singers that I picture with his shirt off, bleedng track marks and who ends every song line with a cat howling eeeeooowwwww! PRETTY GOOD. (RO)

V/A - "Big Neck Record Store Day Compilation" EP

One track each by LIVIDS, XRAYS, CHEAP FREAKS and STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. LIVIDS come right out of the gate with a driving rager that's got great guitar and just doesn't stop.  It just pulls you in.  XRAYS continue with another one that has got a great guitar sound and is delivered with a great sense of urgency.  I can't imagine the second side will match the intensity of these two.  Turns out I may be wrong.  CHEAP FREAKS slow things down a bit, but they don't slow down the intensity.  SWALTB close things out with a female fronted number, which also includes what sounds like a tamborine...Jezus. And it's got some wicked guitar.  Honestly, this is one of the best compilation EPs I've heard in ages. (KK)

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