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Oct 28, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
X-RAYS!:
Jameson Shot: 7” EP
Jameson whiskey goes down fine, and finer still are the X-Rays! of Nottingham for supporting neighboring Ireland’s economy. What isn’t fine is the way waking up to the aftertaste of whiskey has cross-wired my brain to think that whiskey actually tastes like hangovers. But that’s my problem. For the strong eared and stomached, every song on Jameson Shot will please, neat or with ice or water. G-Man’s guitar roars with bottom dollar distortion and Gary X-Ray’s weasely shouts are perfect on tracks like “Drinking for My Baby,” crafting gleefully shitty rock of the street punk feel, minus the aggression and double the cheese. I can just get through these three tracks before the X-Rays! liquor slap overwhelms my system, which needs some watery lager (tempo changes) mixed in with the hard stuff so I can stand on solid legs and flip the record, which comes on marbled vomit grey vinyl.  –Jim Joyce (Big Neck)
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)

 

Xrays

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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