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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)

 

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Jul 24, 2014

Fire Retarded - Scroggz Manor Review from Hearing Double


Fire Retarded – Scroggz Manor

05.23.2014

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Quel bel assourdissant, Batman!

Fire Retarded plays the kind of music that warrants onomatopoeia cards. It’s second nature to them. And on their debut, Scroggz Manor, you have to imagine a ticker of these wonderful wordnoises running behind of your eyes, twixt your auditory channels....

 
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Fire Retarded – Scroggz Manor

05.23.2014

a0232021300_10

WHAM! ZWAP! KAPOW! VRONK! !OX?-ETH!

Quel bel assourdissant, Batman!

Fire Retarded plays the kind of music that warrants onomatopoeia cards. It’s second nature to them. And on their debut, Scroggz Manor, you have to imagine a ticker of these wonderful wordnoises running behind of your eyes, twixt your auditory channels.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the group, Fire Retarded is a Madison, WI garage punk band that’s been roiling from club to club since ye olden days of 2012. This album is the first proper pone the group has released, besides a host of singles and demos on their Bandcamp.

The release is short—11 songs in 29 minutes—but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm. It’s a real ride. Take opener “Locks & Looks,” for instance: replete with riffs that sound like they’re being shaken out of a thunder sheet.

While most of the songs veer toward short bursts—like the shuffling delights of “Brain Burger” and “Dicktator”—but there are a few that touch on longer territory. “Locks & Looks” is one of them. The other is “Overrated Kayak,” this reviewer’s favorite song on the album. Starting off with some acoustic guitar plucking to cut through the slabs of electric riffing, the song winds itself into a whirlpool of noise. The jam is delightful; the guitars are beautifully slippery, crying razor-sharp like seagulls trailing a ship’s wake.

Lest you think the rest of Scroggz Manor is just a blur of noisy attitude, well, yeah it is. Get with the times! The album’s committed to driving forward in a haze of enthusiasm, clambering down the “Meat Stairs” like a pack of kids careening toward summer. They might as well be, since Scroggz Manor sounds best through a wafting humid Midwest night.

Don’t adjust your sets, Internet. Fire Retarded’s here to hit you up like SWA-A-P! ZLONK! BIFF! CLANGEL!

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