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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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I  like when punk still has that homemade feel, if things are too polished it can lose the raw sound that can only happen in one take under less than perfect conditions. Like those home recordings on a four track in the bedroom, if you try to artificially recreate that feel you’ll immediately know it. Something will be different. You can hear it right away with the X-Rays, these guys pulled themselves together just long enough to write a single with alcohol fueling the subject matter and recording session.

 

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Posted by: bart
like when punk still has that homemade feel, if things are too polished it can lose the raw sound that can only happen in one take under less than perfect conditions. Like those home recordings on a four track in the bedroom, if you try to artificially recreate that feel you’ll immediately know it. Something will be different. You can hear it right away with the X-Rays, these guys pulled themselves together just long enough to write a single with alcohol fueling the subject matter and recording session.
On "Jameson Shot" the drums are on the edge of keeping up the double kicks and high hat hits, the vocals are buried and that guitar comes out as dirty as possible with massive burly chord changes and technical spikes between verses. Loud and heavy, repeating that title line at the end of every measure. Everyone has names like G-Man and Coop, the bendy guitar chords peaking out all separated, feels like they just stop for a split second in between verses to switch gears. “Shot! Shot! Shot! Shot!”. This implies that you're drinking at a bar, lining them up for friends with a fat wallet. And Jameson? Maybe someone knows the bartender.
B-Side" Drinking For My Baby" is a loungy hardcore number that starts with those grungy guitar chords, bass and kick all sticking together with Gary drinking for his baby, not because she broke up with him, but maybe she’s at work and someone’s got to do it. Eventually ending up in the studio with their constant drunken exploits. Holding it together for an hour or so before in various states of speed. Two lines; ‘Drinking for my baby’ and ‘Got a bottle in my hand’. Layered guitars in various distortions, thin and live. "Retaliate now!" in jangly chords and tight tom solo’s before the scuzz distortion lays in singing about fun and the line "I hate Retaliate Now!” if that’s a band - this is hilarious, and if they are musically quoting these guys then that's even better. Hard rock which goes back and forth between the relaxed garage and the murky hard metal, they can't help but be fast, mix things in a lump of thin fuzz and hit the changes.
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