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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

 

 

History Part 4

Feb 12, 2015

BN100 Sonny Vincent and Spite Single!


 

I have been trying to figure out what to release for Big Neck’s 100th record.  This is a big milestone in the label’s career and I wanted something to reflect the moment.  I went through a lot of different ideas like maybe we will repress the Baseball Furies first 3 LPs in a box set with new covers and added material, or let’s do a compilation of all the Big Neck bands from back in the day with new songs recorded at Jim Diamond’s, or let’s find a new kick ass group to launch the label for the next 15 years.  A lot of ideas came and went and then the answer fell into my lap…

 

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I have been trying to figure out what to release for Big Neck’s 100th record.  This is a big milestone in the label’s career and I wanted something to reflect the moment.  I went through a lot of different ideas like maybe we will repress the Baseball Furies first 3 LPs in a box set with new covers and added material, or let’s do a compilation of all the Big Neck bands from back in the day with new songs recorded at Jim Diamond’s, or let’s find a new kick ass group to launch the label for the next 15 years.  A lot of ideas came and went and then the answer fell into my lap…

I think everyone has heard of Sonny Vincent and his new record he released with an all-star line up, Spite. Well, Sonny called me up and explained that he saved two exclusive songs from the session specifically for a 7” release and asked if Big Neck wanted to put it out?  I did not even blink and said, “Hell yes.”  Then it dawned on me, what a great release for BN100!

First off it is a single and we started out way back in the day as a singles label.  Then I thought about the super group behind this single, Sonny Vincent who was much of the reason Big Neck started out as a punk rock label. Rat Scabies, drummer from the Damned.  “Damned Damned, Damned” and “Machinegun Etiquette” were pretty much all I listened to in high school.  Steve McKay, Stooges sax fame, and finally Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols.  Seriously every member of this Super group was in a band that made me want to put out great punk rock music.  So, yes this was the perfect release for Big Neck’s 100th!

The single consists of two songs “Mary Ann” and “Inflection”.  Mary Ann is a great, rock n roll, punk ode consistent in Sonny Vincent’s style of great guitar hooks, but with Spite backing him you can hear the drums driving the song forward and the bass creating hooks throughout.  The B-side is “Inflection”, this is a Stooges song if I have ever heard one.  Barely in control the whole song the guitars and bass intertwine to remind me of that early 70’s Stooges sound.  The Drums keep the song on the edge of control and then the sax from Steve comes in to psych us out at every turn.  It’s truly amazing.

Look for BN100 this spring.

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