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Sep 27, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart
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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
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Vinyl Cave: "Countrycide" by Wood Chickens

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Sep 25, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: bart

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

 

 

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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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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

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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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