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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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Nov 26, 2013

Best Demo and Best Freebie of November


Best Demo: Twin Guns

I love garage rock n roll and when I read a package that describes a sound that is a cross between Jesus and Mary Chain and the Gun Club...

Best Freebie: The Xrays – “Booze and Speed” CD

The Xrays have done it all; monster hit records in the 90’s....

Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Demo and Best Freebie of November

Best Demo: Twin Guns

                       

I love garage rock n roll and when I read a package that describes a sound that is a cross between Jesus and Mary Chain and the Gun Club, I am all a tingle!  Twin Guns are two New Yorkers doing music right.  They are Andrea Sicco from Oscura and Rockethouse with Jim Chandler from The Cramps and The Makers.  The description of their sound is very apt, leaning a bunch more towards the Gun Club sound.  They dive in with no restraints and pour out a doom ridden, distortion filled, reverb drenched, hook lined, crazy sounding demo.  The best part is that these are just two guys pulling this sound out of their equipment.

I have not stopped listening to this since I got it.  If we weren’t booked up till Spring 2014 I would beg these guys to do a record.  Big Neck needs more money to put out amazing bands like this one.

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/TwinGunsNYC/info

Best Freebie: The Xrays – “Booze and Speed” CD

 

The Xrays have done it all; monster hit records in the 90’s and turn of the century, toured with the New Bomb Turks, and released a veritable library of singles on tons of different labels.  Well they did a huge favor for all of us, they gathered all of their singles and put them into one massive CD collection that just plain F’N Rocks.  If you are looking for straight up, guitar driven, punk rock scorches that do not last longer than two minutes apiece, look no further.  This CD will fill that need.

It is a great retrospective, we now get to see the progression of the band from the very beginning in the 90’s to early in the 2000’s to present day where they have honed their sound to become even better with age.  They include a new track from their new sessions too.

26 tracks of pure rock n roll.

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/xraysnottingham

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