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Sep 27, 2017
Category: General
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Wood Chickens - Countrycide

Countrycide, indeed! Mix fast-paced garage, punk, and hillbilly country music and you’ve got Wood Chickens. What San Francisco’s Polkacide did for polka music, Wood Chickens are doing for country music. Never fear, though, this isn’t the Nashville sound or the Grand Ol’ Opry. This is fucking hardcore punk music with lots of backwoods twang. I never would have thought this as a natural combination, but I guess in Wisconsin the cheese does weird things to your brain and it makes you come up with brilliant ideas like this. Of course it’s all tongue in cheek, but it’s quite convincing. Not everything is countrified, though. “King of Siam” is an awesome surf throwback to the 60s, and “Bones” is a breakneck paced garage track. “Satan’s Right Hand” has a Cajun sort of sound, while “Song for Flightless Birds” is a raging hardcore punk track right out of the 80s. It’s a crazy mash-up of genres here, but it works really well.

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Sep 25, 2017
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Posted by: bart

Vinyl Cave: "Countrycide" by Wood Chickens

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Sep 25, 2017
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Great Review from Razorcake on the Wood Chickens LP - Countrycide. Winner, winner, Chicken dinner!

WOOD CHICKENS: Countrycide: LP

The cowpunk genre is dangerous territory for me in that I’m unfamiliar with the roots and am quite indifferent to country music entirely (from Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard to Garth Brooks: not fucking sorry). Wood Chickens are definitely doing the cowpunk thing—right down to the cow skull on the cover—but songs like “Angie Hosh,” “Hex on Me,” and “Dyin’ on the Vine” are straight-up hardcore punk not unlike Everything Falls Apart-era Hüskers. “Flesh ‘N’ Blood” is a very Minutemen-esque song that also rules pretty hard. I was almost ready to dismiss this as forgettable alt-country (the Refreshments, et cetera) or even as Flogging Molly without the fiddles and accordion, but I’m really glad I gave this a closer look because there’s so many more layers to this record than just that. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! –Juan Espinosa

 

 

History Part 4

Feb 25, 2014

NVs DC Interview with Sal Go


Don't forget about the Record Release show Wednesday night

 

http://dcmusicdownload.com/2014/02/24/rising-artists-the-nvs/

D.C.’s punk rock vandals The NVs has charmed the District with its brazen offerings since 2011. The quartet-comprised of vocalist Sal Go, guitarist Scott Wilson, bassist Lucas Oswalt and drummer Nathan Armstrong-recently unveiled a debut EP last fall, and will celebrate its release at DC9 this Wednesday. Before the show, I had the chance to chat with Sal about the group’s start, the new EP and future plans.

the NVs

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D.C.’s punk rock vandals The NVs has charmed the District with its brazen offerings since 2011. The quartet-comprised of vocalist Sal Go, guitarist Scott Wilson, bassist Lucas Oswalt and drummer Nathan Armstrong-recently unveiled a debut EP last fall, and will celebrate its release at DC9 this Wednesday. Before the show, I had the chance to chat with Sal about the group’s start, the new EP and future plans.

the NVs


DC Music Download: For those who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?

Sal Go: It’s straightforward punk with a bit of garage and some elements of pop punk and hardcore. We have a lot of songs with tougher sounds, but also more “normal” melodic songs too.

DCMD: I noticed that one of the tags on your site is “revenge punk”—could your music be described as revenge punk? What exactly is that?

SG: (Laughing) That’s kind of a joke. We get kind of personal with our songs sometimes. I don’t want to say “gangsta,” but we can be a little mean, about specific people and situations without really naming names.

DCMD: What was the process like making your first record?

SG: We recorded at Inner Ear-the studio is great; we recorded onto tape which always takes a little bit longer but ultimately sounds good since you can run it into the red, unlike digital. We had all recorded in other bands before so it was pretty easy and straightforward. The mix went through a few different iterations before we found one we could get behind. Doing only vocals was a little more difficult than I was used to (I’ve always played a guitar in bands before), so I was a little less confident, but after the nerves wore off I think we came out on top.

DCMD: Your Facebook page says that you guys were formed in 2011.

SG: Yeah, I guess it has been that long. It’s been kind of a slow burn. We started playing together, and then started playing live awhile later. Earlier on we did go and play out of town in the Midwest.

DCMD: Why the Midwest?

SG: Well, it happened that there was this benefit in Chicago we wanted to do, so we just booked a mini tour around it.

DCMD: What was the inspiration behind the band name–Does the “NV” in your name stand for something, or is it a play on the word “envy”?

SG: It kind of ended up just being NV. We wanted it to be an acronym we could use but shortly after choosing the letters we realized that we couldn’t find anything cool that wasn’t already taken. We started changing it at every show—like, at one Valentine’s Day show we called ourselves the New Valentines, at another should we were Nerd Vacation-it ended up being kind of a joke. Now it’s pretty much just a play on the word.

DCMD: Is the entire band from D.C. or elsewhere?

SG: I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Lucas is from Oklahoma, Scott’s from Buffalo, New York and Nathan’s from Silver Spring, so he’s from around here. Everyone kind of came here for different reasons at different times; we all met after moving to the area.

DCMD: How did you guys start playing together?

SG: We were all originally in different bands. Nathan and I were in a band together and Lucas and Scott were in different acts, so we all knew each other from playing shows in the area. I wanted to try vocals so I recruited them to join.

DCMD: Is writing a collaborative effort, or mainly the result of one member?

SG: I do most of the lyric writing but I get input from the band, especially when I get stuck. The guys kind of add their own music outside of the lyrics (for their instruments), so it is collaborative in that way.

DCMD: Who are your biggest influences when writing and making music?

SG: It’s so tough. Musically, I guess all the stuff we’ve grown up listening to. The Clash is a big thing for Scott and I’m into the Pixies, even though we don’t sound like either of those bands (laughs). But I’ll hear something in a song and try to find a way to make it mine. I don’t really have a ton of influences when it comes to writing with this band, I’ve pretty much just done what I want. It’s been more personal.

DCMD: What are the band’s plans for the future (i.e., more recordings, tours, et cetera)?

SG: We’re figuring out a date to make a full-length album since we have enough material. We just gotta find the time!

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