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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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Jun 25, 2014

Big Neck Fest Day 1 Review


It has been over a week since the Big Neck Fest 2014 in Buffalo, NY and I think it is time to review.  Before we dive into Day 1 I want to extend my thanks out to Malik Von Saint who set all of this up.  Without him, Buffalo would have been without this festival for another few years.  He organized the nights, took care of the door, governed the money, and got those bands rolling on time (no small feat). So again THANKS MALIK!

 

Let’s start with Day 1, Thursday June 12...

Category: General
Posted by: bart

It has been over a week since the Big Neck Fest 2014 in Buffalo, NY and I think it is time to review.  Before we dive into Day 1 I want to extend my thanks out to Malik Von Saint who set all of this up.  Without him, Buffalo would have been without this festival for another few years.  He organized the nights, took care of the door, governed the money, and got those bands rolling on time (no small feat). So again THANKS MALIK!

Let’s start with Day 1, Thursday June 12.  First off this was a pretty hectic day for me, I was working down in Orlando for the last 3 days and had to hop on a flight to Buffalo at 8 pm amongst airport delays and thunderstorms up and down the east coast.  Cory drove up to Buffalo a few days earlier.  I landed in Buffalo airport at 10:30 pm, hopped in the car, and turned on the phone to a barrage of texts from the bands about where the hell was I and the show was about to start.  I raced downtown to Nietches and seriously rolled in just as The Fatal Figures got onstage.  Aaron’s first words into the mic were, “Bart Hart is here, decided to finally show.”

As everyone knows, Aaron Aducci from the Fatal Figures/Blowtops/Beasteater/Suck/Backstabbers was one of the first people to help me out with the label.  His hard work to find great music to put out, has gotten Big Neck to the 100 release mark this year.  So, Malik and I thought it appropriate that they kick off the festival.

And…

They were amazing.  Maybe the best band we saw both nights.  They played all new songs and the shocker of the night was that Traci was playing second guitar.  No Bass.  Their stage presence showcases years of playing in different bands.  Aaron has what looks like, drunken guitar playing style were he seems to stumble around the stage while Traci stands off to one side head banging and rocking out.  The coolest part of their show is always Scott, who is fearlessly destroying his drum kit and beating the hell out of the songs. 

The set continued to amaze me because Aaron kept losing guitar strings and both he and Traci were out of tune, but it was way too good still.  They just plane rocked and would not let anything stop them.

At the end of the set, they did a couple covers and one of them was a Tunnel of Love cover.  Aaron dropped his guitar and just grabbed the mic.  The crowds reactions was unbelievable, there was not one person at the bar, the whole nightclub was in front of the stage watching Aaron dive/jumping around the stage destroying (in a great way) the cover song.  What a freaking great start to the show, what a crazed, energetic and utterly entertaining set by one of the best bands playing today.

Fatal Figures SET LIST:

Next up was Governess, this is Robot Rob’s new band.  Robot has been in Buffalo playing in a ton of bands since the early 90’s.  I absolutely used to love his band the Superdestroyers who were supposed to do a record for Big Neck but broke up too soon. 

Governess swaggered to the stage dressed head to toe in black leather and dark eye make.  Yes, they were channeling Turbonegro mixed with a bit of Motorhead and Spinal Tap.  They were great!  They rolled up on stage and just started belting out amazing cockrock tunes.  Kevin the guitarist was ridiculously amazing, that guy was living the role and killing the crowd with riff after rift.  Their drummer literally never stopped pounding his kit. 

Robot Rob, what can I say, he was an immaculate front man.  He had the looks, the bass moves, and the vocals that threw the crowd into a frenzy.  I went apeshit!  This came straight out of left field.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to be at this show.  They kicked tune after tune out into the crowd and everyone loved it.

I met Miss Alex White earlier in the night and she was one, very cute, and two very sweet girl.  I loved her when she was in the Hot Machines and especially with the Red Orchestra. I have issues with most two man bands, because they get real boring real fast.  There are only two, two man bands that I have ever loved in history and they are (in order) Bantam Rooster and The Hussy.  Yes, the White Stripes definitely could hold their own.

So Alex and her drummer took the stage and dove into a series of psychedelic, garage rock. This is a type of music I am kind of done with.  Being done to death in Chicago and tends to bore me quickly.  I do have to say Miss Alex White and White Mystery tried to change my mind.  She rocked out and put on a great show. She had her red hair flipping around like like she was playing metal and was laying out some great vocals.  All in all they were good.

The final band of the night was Soul Butchers. Soul Butchers have won a ton of accolades in Buffalo for their brand of rock n roll.  In fact their song “See Me Again” was written up in several articles for how good it is.  And honestly it’s a great song that has a lot of Pony’s vibes in it.

Soul Butchers took the stage and Rob from The Trailer Park Tornados plays bass in this band.  He is a great bass player, entertaining as hell on stage and one of the best people I know.  The lead singer kick started the set with a megaphone vocal and then dove in further from there.  Their guitarist was fantastic he came up with some amazing riffs and played perfect.  We were picking on him from the crowd due to having 4 guitars up there and tuned to go, but honestly the jokes fell flat because he knew how to play the hell out of every guitar.

The lead singer was going through a crazy vocal range with the songs, from a megaphone, to a throaty hardcore growl, to actual singing.  I have to say that when this guy sang, he was right on.  He had a great voice and knew how to use.  They closed out the first night with a strong set that impressed the hell out of me.

Soul Butchers SET LIST:

Day 1 was over and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Day 2 is next and I hope it kicks as much ass