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Oct 28, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
X-RAYS!:
Jameson Shot: 7” EP
Jameson whiskey goes down fine, and finer still are the X-Rays! of Nottingham for supporting neighboring Ireland’s economy. What isn’t fine is the way waking up to the aftertaste of whiskey has cross-wired my brain to think that whiskey actually tastes like hangovers. But that’s my problem. For the strong eared and stomached, every song on Jameson Shot will please, neat or with ice or water. G-Man’s guitar roars with bottom dollar distortion and Gary X-Ray’s weasely shouts are perfect on tracks like “Drinking for My Baby,” crafting gleefully shitty rock of the street punk feel, minus the aggression and double the cheese. I can just get through these three tracks before the X-Rays! liquor slap overwhelms my system, which needs some watery lager (tempo changes) mixed in with the hard stuff so I can stand on solid legs and flip the record, which comes on marbled vomit grey vinyl.  –Jim Joyce (Big Neck)
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)

 

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

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!

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