News

Page 1 of 28  > >>

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!

Read the full article!

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.

 

Private Download

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

Category: General
Posted by: bart

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!

Previous page: White Whale