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Aug 29, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Fatal Figures are the members of The Blowtops latest, a band I'm just getting to know also on Big Neck Records. These guys are making it happen in way way western New York where it's winter six months a year. Buffalo was the big city we would occasionally drive to to either go across the border to drink in Canada or go to Darien Lake and see a huge show. I played with someone from Buffalo who would tell me about all kinds of cool shit that was happening and I imagined living there one day. Their latest builds on that garage intensity with some hardcore influences while keeping that raw, live sound.

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Aug 18, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

 

Sonny Vincent - 'Cyanide Consommé' (Big Neck Records)


 I'm on it and will shout from the rooftops once more: Sonny fucking Vincent has a new record out and you should buy it because it's a killer release crammed full of fourteen noisey, punk rock attitude, rock and rolla, motherfucking songs! Now thats 'Cyanide Consommé' pretty much in a nut shell!

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Aug 13, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Madison garage-punk outfit Fire Retarded‘s debut full-length, ‘Scroggz Manor,’ crams a lot more melody, swing, and space into the thwacking frenzy the band has cultivated at its shows and on last year’s ‘High Horse’ EP. (Previously, they’ve teased the album online with “Meat Stairs” and “Nothing Said.”) The relatively new band still centers around guitarist Tyler Fassnacht’s raw, often screamed vocals and drummer Alex Ross’ direct, shambling rhythms. The addition of Hussy member Bobby Hussy on second guitar (full disclosure: Bobby and I work together a bit at MadCity Music Exchange), who also recorded the album, helps to flesh out the approach here, including new versions of two songs from the EP. The album’s closing track, “Overrated Kayak,” is a much bigger surprise, running longer than five minutes to the band’s usual two-minutes-ish, and slowing down for a bit of jangly, sweetly sad power-pop. But for now, I wanted to focus on what the band does with the one minute and 45 seconds of “Brain Burger,” cramming a catchy vocal melody into the verses even as Fassnacht and Hussy’s guitars cultivate a deceptively unstable, messy feel before tightening up for a prodding, shouted chorus. Stream the song above.

‘Scroggz Manor’ is due out in April on Big Neck Records. Fire Retarded’s next show is Saturday, March 22 at the Crystal Corner Bar.

- See more at: http://artsextract.com/2014/03/14/song-debut-fire-retarded-brain-burger/#sthash.SuK56zjw.dpuf
 

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Jul 6, 2012

Get Bent did a great review of HOLLYWOOD's next record, "Love Child"


HOLLYWOOD snuck a copy of their upcoming release over to Get Bent and Get Bent gave it a great review!  Read it here....
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Review: Hollywood - Love Child

By Jonathan Markley

Certain labels get more attention that others when it come to the garage punk scene, but we’d be amiss to not keep tabs on a record label like Big Neck Records that’s been kicking out the jams consistently for almost fifteen years now. Especially since their next release is gonna blow the doors off of everyone. If you’ve been to one of the recent Mean Jeans shows this tour, you know their openers Hollywood almost stole the show and what I mean when I say I cannot wait ‘til they release their new LP Love Child later this summer.
Hollywood plays banging dirty rock n roll full of four on the floor sneering energy.  They sound like a rowdy version of Flamin Groovies played at Descendents speed. Hollywood shares that same over caffeinated pop sensibilities as Mean Jeans, White Wires and their fellow Dirtnap label mates, but it’s more informed by classic rock and primal garage riffs than their peers. “Up All Night” starts Love Child off with the perfect ode to partying that could’ve been written by any bands in the Denton, Texas scene.  ”19999999999999” isn’t a Prince cover, its more like the Oblivians mashed up with Les Savy Fav. “Bedtime for Bonzo” is a bent out of shape Spits meets Riverboat Gamblers punk rock firebomb.  ”Space Jam” channels the best of Crypt Records scuzz, while at the same time masquerading as a cover of a Human Eye song. “(I Prefer) Drugs” is a Ponys inspired glam soaked fist pumping anthem that’ll get the kids stealing away to the bathroom to get high.  Another highlight is “Snake Bite,” a New York Dolls via electric blues Detroit rock city jam sure to play on repeat.

The songs of Love Child swerve through noisy punk, furious hopped up garage and glam inspired fuzz riffs, and it’s certainly not a LP full of the same boring power chords over and over again. Keep your eyes out for Love Child and listen to “Up All Night”

 

http://getbent.fm/post/26357885475/review-hollywood-love-child