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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.

 

History Part 4

Feb 20, 2014

7 Inch Blog reviewed Fire Retarded's first single


Fire Retarded on Gloryhole Records

 

Heather and Bobby from The Hussy were passing through Brooklyn last week with a little band called Nobunny. It was one of the sold out shows they were playing supporting that bad ass up and down the east coast and even shared the stage with Mr. No at Baby's All Right, I witnessed that freaking debauchery with my own forever scarred eyes. It's awesome to see a band that's been so great from the very first single and I get equally excited when so many other people start to see it too. Why am I even talking about Bobby and the Hussy in this post? Because in addition to running his label, Kind Turkey, Bobby has been recording and mixing his own records and this single from Fire Retarded (which I instinctually spell 'reatarded') he ended up playing guitar on and joined the freaking band for a tour and maybe for good(!) last month. I'm sure the rest of these guys are great too but Bobby's involvement had me reaching to throw this on the turntable the minute I opened it up.
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Fire Retarded on Gloryhole Records

 

Heather and Bobby from The Hussy were passing through Brooklyn last week with a little band called Nobunny. It was one of the sold out shows they were playing supporting that bad ass up and down the east coast and even shared the stage with Mr. No at Baby's All Right, I witnessed that freaking debauchery with my own forever scarred eyes. It's awesome to see a band that's been so great from the very first single and I get equally excited when so many other people start to see it too. Why am I even talking about Bobby and the Hussy in this post? Because in addition to running his label, Kind Turkey, Bobby has been recording and mixing his own records and this single from Fire Retarded (which I instinctually spell 'reatarded') he ended up playing guitar on and joined the freaking band for a tour and maybe for good(!) last month. I'm sure the rest of these guys are great too but Bobby's involvement had me reaching to throw this on the turntable the minute I opened it up.

On "High Horse" a fast back and forth snare and kick beat opens that drop of a thousand guitars which all pile in with layers of distortion and serious fuzz, bobby has added mystery muscle behind the grit and crunch. It's helped by Tyler Fassnacht on vocals who has a real aggressive growl. The drums smack away trying to rise above the thick muffle of this distortion that's got things tuned down to get the maximum lower end, or it's been eq'd with the treble straight exiled out of here. Sort of hardcore sounding if the garage rock slammed right into a semi truck full of marshall stacks. Real theatrical big sound to these guys, he's yelling his face off because he's got to get ahead of these guitars. A Milk Music amount of texture, or Mayyors, they come at this like it's some kind of personal attack, this means a lot and you better get out of the way. 

Every time I think about it / I just want to break something.

Cymbal crashes bounce across channels, that low end butt hum of distortion is so blown out into the upper reaches it seems like the last thing mixed after everything was pumped through a PA and re-mic'd - you end up with those low frequencies that just push everything else out. Those poor speaker cones are working so hard to vibrate as wide as possible those high parts can just forget it.

B-Side's "Lost the Touch" right away rolls these four chord riffs bluesily running up and down the scale. A real serious dead eye chord with no sense of a party anywhere in sight. There's something real dark and low about this, they're maybe taking this seriously and trying to have fun in the process but it's all coming from a lot of shitty situations. Massive crazy solo. Those chords are back to just run faster and faster until the end. So much of a good thing like the rawness of the misfits, the vocals at first seem like an afterthought, spoken in a stuttered rhythm attempting to follow the melody but really about the drudgery of everyday bullshit. The chorus comes as that release from just checking out and just rolling over, this solo is another kick in the crotch. It's almost metal with how fast and technical this gets.  Next up, "Damaged Man" can't just seem to start unless it's at full speed. There's no zero to sixty, they start already in flight. Windmill chords do allow for some rest here, a little bit of zepplin echo and I'm hearing a lot of that southern skids classic rock stuff. Old muscle cars and moonshine. It sounds like they're primarily a live band that Bobby is doing his best to capture. They play the studio like that headlining spot - for themselves - forget the tape is even rolling. How many god damn guitars are at work here that's what I want to know. Huge finish blasting everything out, and they still come back for more. It completely won't quit messing with a lot of that old stuff that just worked and always will. A sort of pumped up Natural Child, they have those classic sounds down, the vocal is distanced and it's got those blues bones that then get energized with metal. Like Ty's latest Fuzz project, as piled up and balls out and keeps going because they just can't help themselves. That's coming from that love of performance and they ain't going to change for a 7".

The cover is a bloody shirt because a fight starts out immediately when they go on. It's late and someone gets too drunk and tries to get on stage, but it's not for amateurs. Fire retarded makes that clear in name and punches to the face.

On muddy orange red vinyl, let's say burnt retarded? On Gloryhole Records. Mary / Kill? Band name or the label? It's a tough one.
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