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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.
Sep 24, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Fire Retarded - Scroggz Manor LP/CD
 
Fire Retarded is a good garage rock / punk band from Madison, WI.  One of the things I like about them is they're able to inject a healthy dose of hyper punk energy into their songs and not get bogged down by garage rock cliches.  Also, every song is catchy as fuck.  The record has a perfectly fuzzy recording that suites the whole thing perfectly.  They remind me of the kind of band you wanted to see opening up for JAY REATARD, as opposed to the fucking posers who usually opened up for him.  Go ahead and get it.  I feel like this one will really grow on me over time. (GH)
Sep 23, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

But I must say, '70's NYC punk influence is alive and well, still pulsing through the veins of SONNY VINCENT's work.  Songs "Jealousy," "Supernova," and "Corner Stone" are as good as anything the TESTORS could dish out.  Vincent's voice still as snotty and raw as it was in his twenties. Solid hooks, fast and anxious delivery - it's good.

 

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Jun 20, 2012

Fatal Figures - Blue Zed Reviews


Reviews from 5 zines on Blues Zed!

Here is just one from Ripple Effect:

Fatal Figures - Blue Zed b/w Alright
Released earlier this year on Big Neck Records, the Fatal Figures are made up of Aaron, Tracy, and Scott from the Blowtops. After a decade of plowing one gushy vein of garage rock horror show after another with the Blowtops, the remaining members decided to move on and explore new territory.  While that sounds like something dramatic, in reality the Fatal Figures are doing what they've always done best.  This is pure garage punk-death rock n roll.  We got amped up, creeped-out Cramps here, some serious Pussy Galore and a whole lotta fun.
"Blue Zed" is the highlight here with Aaron Adduci being a hypnotizing front man.  I don't know what this cat takes before a show, but lock it up, you don't want that getting loose in public.  His vocals are a sputtered death moan of Boris Karloff meets The Sonics hysteria.  The bottom end of this song is purely subsonic.  An intense, mesmerizing listen. "Alright" is a Pussy Galore cover and really holds place until these cats dawn the creepshow punk and blast out their next original.   Released on blood red vinyl, of course.

Category: General
Posted by: bart

 

Ripple Effect: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/ 

Fatal Figures - Blue Zed b/w Alright
Released earlier this year on Big Neck Records, the Fatal Figures are made up of Aaron, Tracy, and Scott from the Blowtops. After a decade of plowing one gushy vein of garage rock horror show after another with the Blowtops, the remaining members decided to move on and explore new territory.  While that sounds like something dramatic, in reality the Fatal Figures are doing what they've always done best.  This is pure garage punk-death rock n roll.  We got amped up, creeped-out Cramps here, some serious Pussy Galore and a whole lotta fun.
"Blue Zed" is the highlight here with Aaron Adduci being a hypnotizing front man.  I don't know what this cat takes before a show, but lock it up, you don't want that getting loose in public.  His vocals are a sputtered death moan of Boris Karloff meets The Sonics hysteria.  The bottom end of this song is purely subsonic.  An intense, mesmerizing listen. "Alright" is a Pussy Galore cover and really holds place until these cats dawn the creepshow punk and blast out their next original.   Released on blood red vinyl, of course.

Maximum Rocknroll

............"The A-side is a lurching, muscular, blues-based dirge mired in so much blown-out muck and filth it could have been recorded in a grave. “In the red” doesn’t even come close. The flip side is a hyperactive PUSSY GALORE cover recorded in much the same fashion. Imagine a combination of Jon Spencer, Nick Cave, and Lux Interior but performed without event those artists’ casual acquaintance with sonic fidelity"...........

KFJC 89.7 FM

Red-ass vocal holler, slack Rickenbacker bass rough-throats along, buzz whirr guitar. Boozy, chomp rock from the leftovers of the Blowtops. On the flip-side, a cover of Pussy Galore’s “Alright” brings a little more karate to the mix. Again the bass leads the charge, guitar just zings in feedback on the verses, the vox are a bit more tweaked/treated…kind of a tunnel effect early on then blares the air towards the end. Not quite Mainliner as a US bar band, but definitely a Pabst Blue Zed ribbon kind of rock.

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on     April 29, 2011  at 9:22 am

Razorcake:

FATAL FIGURES: Blue Zed: 7” This here is a two-song single featuring members of the Blowtops. Fans of that band will find a whole lot to like here; the same noisy garage-influenced stuff is at play. Not my favorite sound, but this band is as good as any of their influences. –Mike Frame (Big Neck)

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