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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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Dec 10, 2013

Review of Big Neck Record Store Day Comp


Razorcake #77 reviewed Big Neck's Record Store Day compilation!

Various Artists

Big Neck Record Store Day 7" EP

As the titled suggests, this is Big Neck's compilation contribution to this year's Record Store Day Celebration.  Populating the disc are one track each by the Livids, XRays, Cheap Freaks, and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  All are fine bits of high-octane garage-influenced punk and I'll go out on a limb and guess the tracks are exclusive to this release--if not, what would be the point then right?  If you dig any of the bands, or just like yer swaggering caboose handed to you by bands meting out raucous rock'n'roll, this is definitely worth the green and the scramble. - Jimmy Alvarado

Category: General
Posted by: bart

Razorcake #77 reviewed Big Neck's Record Store Day compilation!

Various Artists

Big Neck Record Store Day 7" EP

As the titled suggests, this is Big Neck's compilation contribution to this year's Record Store Day Celebration.  Populating the disc are one track each by the Livids, XRays, Cheap Freaks, and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  All are fine bits of high-octane garage-influenced punk and I'll go out on a limb and guess the tracks are exclusive to this release--if not, what would be the point then right?  If you dig any of the bands, or just like yer swaggering caboose handed to you by bands meting out raucous rock'n'roll, this is definitely worth the green and the scramble. - Jimmy Alvarado

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