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Aug 18, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

 

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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Aug 13, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

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.

‘Scroggz Manor’ is due out in April on Big Neck Records. Fire Retarded’s next show is Saturday, March 22 at the Crystal Corner Bar.

- See more at: http://artsextract.com/2014/03/14/song-debut-fire-retarded-brain-burger/#sthash.SuK56zjw.dpuf
Jul 25, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

A band who seem intent on trying to be this year’s Old Firm Casuals when it comes to most mentions in The Uber Rock Singles Club are garage punk rock leg-ends The X- Rays. Seemingly not content with just releasing a mighty fine split 7" with The Hip Priests. Gary X-Ray and his bunch of reformed punk rock reprobates return via Big Neck Records with a 3 track pink vinyl 7 " all of their own. 'Jameson Shot' kicks things off in fine form too all squealing guitars and overdriven vocals, this is supershitty punk rock to the max make no mistake. 

'Drinking For My Baby' (I’m noticing a them here are you?) on the B side continues the frenzied attack bringing to mind Gary's days spent fronting those Hip Hop Priests. Whilst 'Retaliate Now' the final track here actually has guitarist G-Man conjuring up images of Wayne Kramer at times proving to be a welcome distraction to the usual nonstop chaos the guys conjure up. The X-Rays are back with a bang with this 7", but make sure you get your copy before it’s too late.

 

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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