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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Odd Numbers - The Oddyssey

Hailing from San Jose, Ca. The Odd Numbers started out in 1988. They are mostly labelled as a Mod band but you can also hear other influences in their sound like powerpop, punk or rhythm n blues. 

After 30 years of existence, the trio released its fifth and probably best album so far, The Oddyssey. The band never sounded any better and This new record is filled to the rafters with catchy tunes.

So it was time for this blog to have an interesting conversation with singer guitar player Dave Baisa.

1) What can you tell about The Odd Numbers today? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

 We've just put out our 5th LP called the Oddyssey. My name is Dave Baisa and I play guitar, sing and write most of the stuff. Dave miller plays bass and sings and Dave Conrad plays drums and sings back ups.

2) About the latest full length record "The Oddyssey",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

It's kind of a live process. We start out with drums and guitar live and get a good take. Then put on the bass and start overdubbing everything else. We took our time on this one. We found a great little studio in our neighborhood and just worked on it for like 6 months.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

This is the first record we've ever done all digital. We've used pro tools before but we'd record to tape then put it in pro tools. I've gotta say I'm digging digital now. if you process it right it sounds great! I would still probably prefer 2" tape but it's what ever your into. there's a lot of ways to get a good recording these days. Shit use your phone!

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write most of the songs but Dave Miller has written a hand full of them over the years. he's got 2 on the new record.

5) About the new record "The Oddyssey", can you explain the title? Is it just a little joke or is there a deeper meaning to it? And what's the connection with the artwork on the front cover? 

Its obviously a play on our name but this band has been on somewhat of a odyssey. We've been together for 30 years now and we've seen a lot over that time, been involved in a lot of cool things. Its been a long rock n roll journey! The artwork is something I painted about 15 years ago. It was hanging on the wall in the garage and I thought, that will work! Everybody likes a little Jackson Pollack right!?

6) The Odd Numbers are described by some people as a "mod" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

We started out a mod band and we will end a mod band! In the beginning it gave us a great look and direction and we thought we were pretty cool! We owe just as much to the punk scene though, and Skateboarding!

7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new LP??  

We do have a video up for the song "Midway" its our first ever instrumental song! There will be more to come. We also just did a taped acoustic performance for KFOG thats on youtube.

8) What can concert goers expect at a The Odd Numbers gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 
You can expect some of the old and some of the new. We've got a pretty big catalog now so its fun to pick the set. As for covers you might hear something from the Jam or the Clash or something of that era, Maybe something motown.

9) Is there still a mod scene in California today?

Truthfully I don't know. I know theres still a scooter scene but I don't think theres anything going on like San Diego in the early 80"s and Berkley in the late 80's early 90"s.

10) Anything you wanna add? 

The world's a pretty messed up place right now. Sometimes you gotta just pop a record on and forget about it. Hopefully ours!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Phil Seymour - The London And Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions

Phil Seymour - The London And Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions
In WAV - Scans are included

1 Who'll Be The Next In Line
2 Baby's A Rock'n'Roller
3 Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
4 Looking For The Magic
5 Save Me
6 Dancing A Dream
7 Only In My Mind
8 Surrender
9 (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
10 Talkin' About You
11 Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
12 Little Town Flirt
13 I Love You
14 Didn't Want To Have To Do It

Drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Seymour came on the scene with a Top 20 hit with the Dwight Twilley Band called "I'm On Fire" in 1975. After two albums with his Tulsa band-mate, Phil decided to go solo and landed a hit single of his own called "Precious To Me" on his self-titled 1980 debut album on Boardwalk Records label.

Before that Phil experimented with various musicians in the studio including singing background vocals on Tom Petty's "Breakdown"and "American Girl" and played around Los Angeles in the burgeoning live music scene of the late 1970s.

The London and Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions, Volume 4 features two of these recording sessions that took place in this era - one in London with legendary UK session guitarist Chris Spedding, and one in Los Angeles where he was backed by Steve Allen and Ron Flynt of the band 20/20!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Eric Knoxx presents

By public demand, I finally decided to gather an album of some covers I played with the various bands I was in. 

Chronologically speaking, it all began in 1991 with The Vice Barons. If everything goes according to the plan, the long awaited come back album should finally see the daylight in 2018. 

In 1998, I moved on to form The Mighty Gordinis that lasted till 2008. I'm still quite proud of the 2 last cds we put out, the fully instrumental, named "Fueled on Fuzz", and the very last one, "The Future Looks Like Yesterday", which is still my personal favorite. 

After that, with my pal Vincenzo we put up The Ratboys. Shortly after the release of the Ratboys' debut album "Cash, gas and Trash" we started to work on new songs for a second album but it appeared that all the songs were more 60's garage influenced and would not fit under the Ratboys moniker. 

So we decided to release it under the name Thee Martian Boyfriends. Unfortunately we got kicked out of our rehearsal space and lost the keyboard player around the same time, so that was more or less the end of it. 

In 2013, a short lived band named Syster Hyde rose from the ashes of a Vice Barons reunion gig but nothing came out of it except this Kraftwerk song which was later covered instrumentally for the The Vice Barons album to come. 

Finally, in 2016, I released under the Moniker The Backseat Angels what appeared to be a solo record.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scott Morgan - Medium Rare 1970 -2000

Scott Morgan- Medium Rare 1970 -2000
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Full Of Fire
2 Satisfier
3 Rhythm Communication
4 Hold On Baby
5 The Monkey Time
6 Open The Door To Your Heart
7 Radio Hollywood
8 Free Rock
9 Pop Poppies
10 Zip A Dee Doo Dah
11 Cool Breeze
12 She's Wild
13 Satisfyin' Love

The Rationals were one of the greatest Midwestern bands of their day (1965-1970), and leader and vocalist Scott Morgan blended blue-eyed soul and hard rock commitment as well as anyone you can name. Medium Rare: 1970-2000 brings together 13 rare and unreleased Morgan cuts that begin with the waning days of the Rationals (an impossibly soulful take of "Zip a Dee Doo Dah" from 1970; there are also three potent performances from a 1991 Rationals reunion), and stretches right up to 2000, with a demonic guitar-fueled rocker called "Satisfyer" (it lives up to its title). In between, Morgan jumps, shouts, and knocks everyone out with gutsy R&B and high-octane rock & roll tunes that showcase his strong pipes, tough guitar work, and smart/witty/streetwise point of view. Scott Morgan is one of the great untapped resources of American rock & roll, and if you want to find out what he has to offer, Medium Rare: 1970-2000 offers 58 minutes of proof that, then and now, the man has the goods.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Del Fuegos - Boston, Mass

The Del Fuegos - Boston, Mass
In WAV - Scans are included

1. Don't Run Wild  
2. Hand in Hand  
3. I Still Want You  
4. Sound of Our Town  
5. Fade to Blue  
6. It's Alright  
7. Hold Us Down  
8. Night on the Town  
9. Shame  
10. Coupe de Ville  

Released in 1985  Boston, Mass was their first national album, and it still holds up next to any band of today. Almost every song of the ten is a keeper. "Don't Run Wild" is the big hit, but the entire album is great. The other Fuegos albums are great but this is THE one to have.It has all the raw energy that all the best and essential rock and roll records have and there isn't a bad song.

Special Thanx to JPaul for this excellent contribution! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Del Fuegos - The Longest Day

The Del Fuegos - The Longest Day (1984)
In Flac - Scans are included

1 Nervous And Shakey  
2 Backseat Nothing  
3 I Should Be The One  
4 Missing You  
5 Anything You Want  
6 When The News Is On  
7 Longest Day  
8 Out For A Ride  
9 Mary Don't Change  
10 Have You Forgotten  
11 Call My Name

Formed in 1980, the Del Fuegos consisted of guitarist and singer Dan Zanes, his brother Warren Zanes on guitar, bassist Tom Lloyd, and drummer Steve Morrell. Steady gigging on the Boston club circuit won the band a potent local reputation, which began to spread along the East Coast with the band's first few low-budget tours. While the Del Fuegos began recording an album for legendary local label Ace of Hearts Records, in 1984 the famed Los Angeles indie Slash Records stepped in and signed them, releasing their first album, "The Longest Day", in the fall of that year.

By this time, Steve Morrell had parted ways with the band, and former Embarrassment percussionist Woody Giessmann had taken over the drum kit. One of the first albums produced by former Ronnie Montrose keyboard man Mitchell Froom, The Longest Day's mixture of attitude, guitar firepower, and heart-on-the-sleeve emotion clicked with both critics and fans, and the Del Fuegos seemed poised for a commercial breakthrough with their second album, 1985's "Boston, Mass".

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Baron Four - Silvaticus

"Silvaticus" is the sophomore full length by UK's garage/beat quartet THE BARON FOUR.
Tracked at State Records’ 8-track recording facility in glorious mono, these 12 tracks demonstrate the band’s ability to combine gritty R&B-based material with garage-punk raunch, capturing at least some of their raw, live, chaotic energy onto tape.Ten new, original songs by singer/bassist Mike Whittaker and two covers: the recently unearthed “Wild Angel” by James Bond & The Agents from 1967, and a reworking of the Bo Diddley classic “I Can Tell”

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about The Baron Four to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? And what can you tell us about the origins of the band's name? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Well The Baron Four are a band. Hopefully a good band but it's not for me to say... We enjoy playing music a lot and have been doing it for around 4 years now (i'm guessing).

The band is: Mike - Bass / Main Vocals; Joe - Guitar / Vocals; Kev - Guitar / Vocals; Mole - Drums / Vocals

2) The Baron Four are described by some people as a 60's garage band à la BACK FROM THE GRAVE. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that? 

I'd like to think there is a lot more to it than that! But we can't hide influences and I suppose it's not at all a bad thing to have that defined sound as that's certainly a sound we all love. To be honest I don't like to be put in a box but it's obviously going to happen and can understand that. Next record i'm thinking to do 70s disco to throw people off!

3) About the latest full length record "Silvaticus",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

It was recorded live at our drummers recording studio (State Recordings) well actually I say studio, he has actually built one now but at this time it was in his living room. So let me start again... we recorded the album in our drummers living room. It was all live except for vocals which were done after. It took 1 day to get it done.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Well I write all the songs at the moment but everybody is definitely involved, usually I write all songs on my own and come into practise with it but when it comes together it definitely falls into it's own. There are a little bits here and there which definitely adds massively to the songs.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favourite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I loved a lot of pop punk, Greenday is one to name, The Hives were the greatest thing ever to me when they came around and then moved onto british punk (The clash, the damned etc) - that stuff has definitely stayed with me as I still listen to a lot of that today. My dad was playing the velvet underground to me when i was a kid growing up so that would have to be one of the biggest influences to stay with me.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The Baron Four? Besides "I can tell", Are you playing any famous cover songs?

Expect the unexpected. Sometimes it will go well but sometimes everything will just kind of collapse after all our leads are fucked... its normally wild and fun though!

8) How did you guys end up on the BEAT SCENE '65 compilation on Alley Club Records?

I literally have no idea.

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as The Baron Four are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this latest released record?

We have a few things lined up, the next gig is with The Mummies which should be a lot of fun @ The 229 Venue on 31st March. After that we are in Hamburg playing Garageville in April, we also are going to South of France for a couple of gigs in June but all details aren't yet confirmed.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Please check the facebook page for any info, thank you!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pete Stride & John Plain - New Guitars In Town

Pete Stride and John Plain - New Guitars In Town
In FLAC - Scans are included

A1 Laugh At Me
A2 School Girls
A3 Cold Old Night
A4 He'll Have To Go
A5 Just Like A Clown
A6 Half The Time
B1 New Guitar In Town
B2 Cure For Love
B3 Restless Kind
B4 You Better Move On
B5 Pick Me Up

New Guitars In Town, released in 1980 on Beggars Banquet, was a joined effort of Pete Stride of The Lurkers and John Plain of The Boys with the help of some friends.

One of the highlights of this very enjoyable album is the cover of Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me" that was released as the album's sole single.

Last week I purchased a copy of this album for 2 euros in a second hand store downtown. I decided to rip it for the blog when I realised the job had already been perfectly done by Angelo for PPC.

Since the link is dead on his blog, I hope he won't mind if I publish it here again. All the credit goes to him.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Spitfires - A Thousand Times

The Spitfires - A Thousand Times
In WAV - Scans are included

A Thousand Times 03:48
Last Goodbye 03:22
Day To Day 03:58
Open My Eyes 3:13
On My Mind 04:37
So Long 4:27
I Don't Even Know Myself 03:43
The Suburbs (We Can't Complain) 04:29
Return To Me 06:21
On My Mind (Reprise) 01:34
A Better Life

2016 sophomore release from the Spitfires

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Berwanger And The Star Invaders

Josh BERWANGER released last year his third and best record so far. Besides some great hitting  rockers like "The Star Invaders", "Stop Believing" or "Cheap Thrills" this amazing album contains some of the most beautiful songs ever written by mankind like "The Astronaut", "Broken Moon" or "She Still Lives In Me". This record is on heavy rotation in the rathouse since it got here and this blog can only highly recommand it!

1) For the viewers of this blog What would you tell about your latest full length "The Star Invaders"? As far as I'm concerned I'd say it has globaly a more laidback feeling. The word that comes to mind when I listen to it is: "nostalgia". Do you agree with this?

Yeah I can agree with your thoughts on the album. I was going through a really rough time. During this time I was at the ocean with my family and one night a UFO appeared and out of curiosity I ran to them in hopes of being abducted to another place. By the time I got as close as I could they were gone. That was the main spark for the album, not feeling you belong anywhere.

2) What can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

A lot of the basic tracks for Exorcism Rock were recorded live. For The Star Invaders, I had a lot of different musicians play on the album so I was flying them in due to schedules did drums and guitars live, and then Eva Gardner came in a did drums over that. So we just started going track by track from there. A lot of overdubs on this album but a few songs that were a bit stripped down like "I'm A Loser" and "She Still Lives In Me" but then you have "The Cage with the Golden Bars" which has the most tracks i've ever used on an album.

3) Who is the creator of this wonderful artwork, that perfectly fits the overall feeling of the record?

Andy Walsh did the main art and Haunt Love aka Justin Miller did an amazing job with the type and layout of everything else. Two super talented artist who it was an honor getting to work with. I don't know if I freakout more about the music or art for an album, either way they are both as important as the other.

4) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  

I have two videos out right now and a third video for The Star Invaders coming out in the next few months. "Horror Show" I made on the Super Nintendo using the game Mario Paint, it took me over 50 hours to make.

I also made "She Still Lives in Me" which is just pretty basic video made on my VHS camera.

Uncle Dad Productions made the yet to be released Star Invaders video and it's a trip!

5) What are the plans for the rest of 2018? Are you planning to tour Europe soon to promote this latest released record? 

I have 3 records I am trying to record. I would love to tour Europe! It's been a goal to do that since Anniversary toured there. We haven't had the chance to do so. I really don't even know how to go about it. So as of now we have no plans of touring at all.

6) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks to you for the interview and thanks to all who took the time to read it and check out the music. Cheers!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Spitfires - Response

The Spitfires - Response
In WAV - Scans are included

Tell Me
Escape Me
Spoke Too Soon
Stand Down
Serenade Part 1
I'm Holdin' On
Spark To Start
Words To Say
When I Call Out Your Name
Serenade Part 2

For all The Jam fans all around the world....and specially for JPaul without whom this blog would not totally be this blog.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Scots Pirates - Revolutionary Means

Scots Pirates - Revolutionary Means
In FLAC - Scans are included

1 88  
2 Flawed Diamonds  
3 Fuck The Violence  
4 Marijuana Wine  
5 Stick To Your Guns  
6 I Need Some Easy Money  
7 You Got What You Wanted  
8 Cool Breeze  
9 New Year's Eve  
10 Bringin' It All Back Home  
11 Lover's Leap  
12 The Wind Blows The Name Of Tazmamert  
13 Dear Dream Diary

Scots Pirates were a reunion group of sorts of some of the most notable alumni of the '60s Michigan rock scene, particularly guitarist/singer Scott Morgan (the Rationals) and drummer Scott Asheton (the Stooges). The band also included bassist Gary Rasmussen (Up), who, with Morgan, Asheton, and the late Fred "Sonic" Smith, played in Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

Revolutionary Means (1995) was their last effort, and finds them playing straight rock with soul influences, in a manner consistent with the ethos established by the Stooges, MC5, and Sonic's Rendezvous Band.


Allan Crockford is not only bassist extraordinaire for Graham Day and The Forefathers (and before that for the Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares), he is also the master brain behind The Galileo 7 where he reveals himself as a very fine guitar player, a brilliant lead singer and subtil composer of all of the songs. 
THE GALILEO 7 latest full length, “TEAR YOUR MINDS WIDE OPEN!” is released on the very fine Damaged Goods records label.

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about THE GALILEO 7 to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? And what can you tell us about the origins of the band's name? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Our current line-up is Allan Crockford (me) on vocals and guitar, Viv Bonsels – organs and vocals, Paul Moss, bass and vocals, and Mole on drums and vocals.
The band started in 2010. Over the years (since the 80’s) I’d been in loads of bands – playing bass in The Prisoners, James Taylor Quartet, Prime Movers, Solarflares, Headcoats, and guitar in Goodchilde and The Stabilisers (amongst a lot others…) but I’d never been the main songwriter and singer. I’d been involved in about 30+ albums and singles, but only as a band member. I finally decided that the time was right to give it a shot – I’d built up a stockpile of songs over the preceding 3 or 4 years. The first album ‘Are we having fun yet?’ was the first album and it came out at the end of 2010. Since then we’ve had a few line-ups, but the current one really brings the best out of the songs. The name of the band is an episode of the original series of ‘Star Trek’… I just thought it sounded like a good name for a band. I originally used the name for my solo demos before we got together.

2) THE GALILEO 7 are described by some people as a 60's garage/psych band. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that?  

I suppose the influences are obviously 60’s psych-pop and garage, but I hope we bring something different and contemporary to the songs, rather than just doing a pastiche. I don’t try to rip anything off, but it’s difficult not show your influences sometimes. People are very interested in references when describing music, and I don’t mind people saying we remind them of certain bands (especially if we like the band!), but I hope the quality of the songs stands separately from the sound or influences. I think it’s just Pop music, in the old sense.

3) About the full length record "Tear Your Minds Wide Open",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

We recorded the basic tracks (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) live in the place we rehearse, which was in a friend’s lithographic printing business – surrounded by printing machinery and bales of paper! We rehearsed there for years, and made most of our records in this way. That was why the ‘live in the studio’ album ‘Live-O-Graphic’ had that title (I thought it was funny.. for 5 minutes). We record onto a portable 8 track recorder then transfer the tracks onto my computer at home for overdubbing the vocals, keyboards, percussion and any solos etc. It’s not a unique process (apart from the location) – many artists record this way now, especially if they don’t have a budget for recording. It’s the cheapest way to do it. Now we have to move out of the printers, but Mole has had a small recording/rehearsal studio built in his garden and we’ll probably do it there in future. As well as being our drummer and bassist of The Embrooks, he is also State Records, and occasionally engineers and produces sessions for bands in his home studio. ‘Making records that sound like records’!

4) It seems that you are the main composer in the band but what is the involvement of the other members as far as arrangements of the songs are concerned?

I am the main composer, but everyone in the band contributes to the arrangements in some way, but the extent depends on the original demo. In the early days, I made extremely detailed demos of new songs, and generally the band just learnt directly from them. Now I try to leave the demos quite rough to allow everyone to contribute their own personality and ideas to the finished arrangement. It’s quite difficult for me to leave the demos unfinished because I love making them, but it’s no coincidence that we make better records when everyone contributes to the song.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favourite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

I suppose the same music as a lot of people who make our sort of music, no surprises. The Beatles, Small Faces, Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd from the classic years, XTC, The Jam, The Stranglers, and lots of punk rock/new wave from the years we grew up in. From there it was into the more obscure acts that never made it, but left behind a few nuggets for us to discover…. I still listen to all those acts now, plus all the obscure stuff that keeps turning up. I also try to listen to newer acts who manage to capture the excitement of those old records, like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala and Soundtrack of Our Lives (not so new maybe!). I try not to be influenced by anyone specifically now, but I guess all those years of listening to The Nazz and other psych-rock acts has just soaked into my brain.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  

There is a playlist of promos and live clips here:

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of GALILEO 7? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

You can always expect lots of energy and lots of noise! We do play some covers, but it depends how the gig is going… We have been playing ‘Astronomy Domine’ (Pink Floyd) recently, as well as ‘Tinker Tailor’ (Terry Reid). In the past we’ve played, ‘Circle Sky’ (Monkees), Reynard the fox’ (Julian Cope), ‘Him or me’ (Paul Revere), ‘Tattoo’ (The Who), ‘Kingdom of Love’ (Soft Boys), but generally we try to mostly stick to our original material. Covers can be fun to play, and a short cut to get an audience reaction, but mostly we’re there to play our own songs…

8) On the 2014 release "False Memory Lane", Mole was still playing bass and I noticed that on the new record he moved to the drummer seat. What can you tell us about this switch in position inside the band? Was this his personal decision or a mutual decision? 

It was originally just circumstances that forced the switch. Our original drummer Russ wasn’t going to be available to play for a long time because of his commitments to Secret Affair. We didn’t want to stop playing – ‘False Memory Lane’ had just been released and we wanted to promote it if we could. We were a bit stuck, but then Paul Moss (our original bassist) said he could come back to the band and allow Mole to switch to drums. This worked out well because not only did both of them already know the songs, it was also obvious from the first rehearsal that this line-up of the band just had something extra. More energy, more spark, more excitement, more of everything. The band just started to kick some arse properly! As soon as we’d finished the first gig with this line-up, it was obvious that it had stay together. Luckily all four of us agreed that this was something special.

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as GALILEO 7 are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this newly released vinyl record? 

We don’t have an agent and we have to fit in our gigs around our personal commitments –it’s quite hard to get us together for more than a dozen gigs a year. It doesn’t get easier to find gigs, but we’re always open to interesting suggestions from venues, promoters, festivals and other bands. In this scene the bands are reliant on direct contact from people who already like the music. We love playing outside of the UK – anyone wants us to play just get in touch! We have 4 gigs in France in April – more details when we have them.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Listen to the music, buy the records, come to our gigs! If you’ve liked the music by our other bands (including The Prisoners/Solarflares etc etc, plus Mole’s bands The Embrooks, The Mystreated, The Higher State) then you will enjoy our noise…!

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FAZ WALTZ - Julie / I'm Bleedin' (Single)

Our favorite Italian glam trio FAZ WALTZ was in T.U.P. Studio, Brescia (Italy) last November to record a new album containing 10 new songs written and composed by Faz La Rocca. The Mastering was done by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room (U.S.A.).

The forthcoming album is due to be released somewhere around April 2018 but a single (Julie/I'm Bleeding) is already out. The B-side is exclusive to this release.

The A-side, Julie is an infectious tune and I've been told that the single has been aired many times so far by  Rodney Bingenheimer on Little Steven's Underground Garage Radio show. 

Physical copies of the single (Black, Red, White vinyl) were
released by Contra Records (GER), Spaghetty Town Records (U.S.A.), Tongue Records (ITA) and can be purchased here:

The digital version is available, amongst others, on bandcamp.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CATZILLA - S/T album

Hailing from Perth, Australia CATZILLA is an amazing garage/pop combo featuring Coo Jarvis on lead vocals, keys & percussion; Andy Jarvis on guitar & backing vocals; Tracey Devery on bass & backing vocals and Trevor Judd on drums.

The quartet's debut long player is the ideal mix between brilliant infectious pop tunes (think Blondie's first album in 1976!) and fuzzed-out stompin' garage. As the band states it itself, this is the perfect soundtrack for your next go go party!

So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting chat with guitar player ANDY JARVIS.

1) For the viewers of this blog that don't know you, What would you tell about CATZILLA to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys and girls together as a band? Were you in other bands previously? Who is playing what instrument in the band? What can you tell about the origins of the band's name?

CATZILLA has been together for nearly 3 years. Coo plays keys and is the lead singer, Andy is on guitar and backing vocals, Tracey on bass, backing vocals and monkey noises and Trev is on the jungle drums. We had a band called Rocket To Memphis (2005-2013 - kinda swampy, voodoo rock n roll). It split when the drummer moved to Melbourne and we decided to do something a little different, more along the 60s garage lines. The new name was inspired by a crazy toy we found in Japan, like Godzilla but with a cat’s head!

CATZILLA recorded a 4 track vinyl EP (“Going Wild”) in 2016 and mixed it with Matt Verta-Ray in NYC. We’d done the last two Rocket albums with Matt and really like working with him. Last year we toured in Japan and had the honor of playing at one of the Back From the Grave events in Tokyo and also with the Neatbeats in Osaka.

2) About the recently self titled debut record,  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

It was very much a live recording in the studio. We all love working that way and with this kind of music, really believe it’s best way to get the right sound. We over-dubbed the Hammond for logistical reasons (it was in another studio!) but there were very few other overdubs.

3) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

We all grew up listening to punk and post-punk stuff and I’m sure some of that still shines through
now! Coo and I had a band in Sydney, in the mid-late 80s (Toys Went Berserk) which was more along those lines - from more off-kilter sounds like Siouxsie & the Banshees to catchier things like early Blondie. The Cramps probably still have an influence on us now, along with Link Wray, the Sonics and in general, 60s garage, beat and surf.

4) Some people people might be tempted to describe CATZILLA as a 60's garage/pop band. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that?

I think that’s a pretty fair description! We sometimes call it "gogo rock n roll" - it’s 60s-inspired, catchy, fuzzed-up and fun!

5) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write most of the songs (Andy) but Coo has written lyrics and music on several tracks on the new album. Everyone contributes their own parts to the final arrangements.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

We shot a video for the opening track “Boy From Another Time” It one of the more catchy tunes on the record and you can watch it here: 

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of CATZILLA? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

We play mostly originals, with just a few covers - maybe not super well-known ones though… a favourite is “Kitty Kitty” by Floyd Dakil (who also did “Dance Franny Dance”). We recorded a version of that on the album.

8) Perth seems to have a long history of rock bands (The Stems, The Stanleys, The Volcanics, etc ....)  is CATZILLA in connection with all these guys? And is there something special in the air in Perth that pushes people to start rock bands?

You’re right Eric! Also the Scientists, Hoodoo Gurus and many others. I think maybe there’s something in the beer actually! We know quite a few of these musicians of course - it’s a pretty small scene here. Perth is actually one of the most isolated cities in the world - perhaps that’s why?

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as CATZILLA is concerned? Are you planning to tour Europe soon to promote this newly released record? 

We’re playing as much as we can locally at the moment and we’ll hopefully get over to Sydney and Melbourne later this year (it’s 5 hour’s flight away, if you’re wondering why I say “hopefully”!). Next year, we’d like to get back to Japan but if someone is willing to fly us over to Europe, that would be fab!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Big thanks for doing this feature on CATZILLA Eric. It’s very cool to have the chance to let people know what we’re up to and I hope a few of your readers dig the new album. Keep supporting the great bands out there making real, rockin’ music and go see ‘em live if they come to a town near you!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Scots Pirates - Scots Pirates

Scots Pirates - Scots Pirates
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Misery
2 I Want More
3 Other End Of The City
4 Dante
5 Sugarcane
6 Running Away
7 Out Of Our Minds
8 First Step
9 Dreams Never Lie
10 The Road Home
11 And Then There Was Love
12 The Blues
13 I'm The Man
14 Empty Heart
15 Sixteen With A Bullet
16 Detroit

During the 1980s, Morgan formed the Scott Morgan Band, which occasionally played in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. In 1988, his band released an album entitled "Rock Action," which found Morgan (guitar and vocals) backed up by ex-Sonic's Rendezvous bassist Gary Rasmussen and ex-Stooges drummer Scott (aka "Rock Action") Asheton. The trio later toured in America under the name Scotts Pirates, which took its name from Morgan's song "Pirate Music," and released their self-titled album in 1993. It was followed up with the record "Revolutionary Means" in 1996.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Beau Brummels - 1965 - Volume II

The Beau Brummels - 1965 - Volume II 
In WAV - Scans are included

1 You Tell Me Why 3:05
2 I Want You 4:00
3 Doesn't Matter 2:00
4 That's Alright 2:12
5 Sometime At Night 1:50
6 Can It Be 2:28
7 Sad Little Girl 3:30
8 Woman 2:48
9 Don't Talk To Strangers 2:21
10 I've Never Known 2:03
11 When It Comes To Your Love 2:11
12 In Good Time 1:49
Bonus Tracks
13 Woman (Vocal Version) 2:41
14 When It Comes To Your Love (Unissued Instrumental Version) 2:08

The Track "Don't Talk To Strangers" was recently covered on the latest Flamin' Groovies full length.

Real Tears - Too cool to rock

THE REAL TEARS from Uppsala, Sweden are the rock'n'roll best kept secret with the best guitar sound in years. And they write songs like no one else. 

Just listen to "Bad Girl", that's an anthem for generations to come and a lesson in songwriting. Simple and memorable at the same time! 

This blog HAD to interview those 4 crazy dudes from way up North!

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about THE REAL TEARS  to introduce yourselves? How did you meet and decided to start a band together? Who is playing what instrument in the band?
A: Real Tears is a bunch of rock n roll pleasure avoiders trying to enjoy the void. We’ve got Victor from Horbo city spankin’ skin. Gasse is knocking up the bass like a refrigerator turning into a nuclear reactor. Behind the curtains of Burt Cocaine, Jöge is rubbing his six string dagger across the eternal crime scene. Singing like a near extinct castrated electric eel in the muddy Fyris river is, Rune.
It all started when Rune and Jöge were living on Finnish brown leather sofas in our rehearsal space called the beavers alley. We had different bands going but figured it was time to start one together. We never thought that respected journalists would ask us to be in their well knows magazine.
Anyway, riffs and melodies we’re scattered all over the place like silverfishes waiting to be recognised. We caught a few, killed a few.

2) About your debut full length record released on Snask Rekårds!, what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 
A: Before this we had made a lot of dirty recordings on an 8-track tape recorder, the machine was a total wreck. All we had beside that was a cheap 8 input soundcard, some weird external preamps and a bunch of basic microphones. We had a pretty clear idea how the songs should sound like but understood we couldn’t do it live. The room was probably big enough but there we’re too many beer cans lying around. Back then we were only a three piece. Jöge, Rune and Rotten Mind-singer Jakob on drums. We tracked drums together with one guitar played by Rune. The basic melody was there but most lyrics were missing (from our memory). We lived by the concept that everything is forgotten, we only had to remember it. After that we added bass, a second guitar and bongo drums on the song Beersday (can you hear them?). We headed straight to the pub. When we woke up in our designated sleepingstations, we used the next six months to remember the lyrics and record vocals. We headed straight to the pub.

3) What are your favorite topics to write about or the topics that come easily when you write a new song?
A: Girls…and some good ol nights when we had a few beerzzZZZzz…

4) THE REAL TEARS have an undeniable Scandinavian approach of power pop/punk that could lead to compare you to The Yum Yums, The Basement Brats, etc. Do you agree with this comparison or do you consider there is way more than that? 
A: The Yum Yums and the Basement Brats sound like they could be two killer bands man, but we’re sorry to say we actually never heard them. Thanks for the tip though!The Scandinavian sound is hard to define for us. We listen to everything that comes our way, some times the worse the better. Btw, as for swedish bands, we wouldn’t mind being compared to a powerpop band called Rottweiler from the 70s.

5) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody composing his own songs (words and music)?
A: Singer Rune and Guitarist Jöge writes all the songs. It usually starts with one of us trying to fool the other one they have a good riff going. It always sucks in the beginning, but the counterpart is too nice to say something negative about it. Add some mojo and some attitude. Play it twenty times. Then there you have it. Some times it’s just as easy to fool someone else as it is to fool yourself. In the rehearsal space or at the pub. Hey! I left my wallet at home.

6) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.
A: Rune: I listened to Manowar, but they had no influence on me, maybe just miserable.
Jöge: I always listened to Kiss, still my favorite band.
Gasse is a total ragger. He’s an encyclopaedia of old american cars and reatarded punkbands.
Victor played peoples pants off since he was 10 years old. No need for influences.
If there’s one band we all would agree influenced us all, it would be the GIZMOS.

7) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 
A: Yes. The first track on the LP is also the first song we made. It’s called ”Can’t Get You Outta My Head”. We don’t really know what it’s about, but it is some kinda love song. It’s recorded in the beavers alley with an old VHS camera. We bought the camera from an old guy called Börje, including his rather exotic tapes. The outcome is inspired of what we saw.

8) What can concert goers expect at a gig of THE REAL TEARS? Are you playing any famous cover songs?
A: Expect to see us struggle, but the struggle is rejuvenating. We’re always thankful to get a chance to play, so we bring a good mood. We give it all, never leaving a glass empty, or full. We have not yet played any cover song. Our songs are total rip-offs anyway…HAH! Gasse is a total ragger.

9) What are the plans for 2018 as far as THE REAL TEARS are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon? 
A: So far we’ve played a few shows in Finland, Germany and Italy. All highlights for sure. Would love to do it all over again. Invite us please!The plan is to make another record. And we will play a few shows in Scandinavia. But we suck at organising stuff. Also, every time a new Real Tears record is made a baby is born, literally speaking. So let’s hope for the best!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?
A: We want to meet you all. Play for you all. Drenched in foam, beers all the way home. Hope to see you around!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Bash & Pop - Anything Could Happen

Bash & Pop - Anything Could Happen
In WAV - Scans are included

1. Not This Time
2. On The Rocks
3. Anything Could Happen
4. Breathing Room
5. Anybody Else
6. Can't Be Bothered
7. Bad News
8. Never Wanted To Know
9. Anytime Soon
10. Unfuck You
11. Jesus Loves You
12. Shortcut

Anything Could Happen is the 2nd album by Bash & Pop, the long-awaited follow-up to 1992’s Friday Night Is Killing Me. The helmsman of the group is one Thomas Eugene Stinson, better known as Tommy of The Replacements - the seminal band of which he was co-founder, bassist and sparkplug. Now, coming off a fruitful 18-year stretch playing bass with stadium rockers Guns N’ Roses (“It was good for me on so many levels”) and a hugely successful 33-show Replacements reunion romp, Tommy is clearly jazzed to be doing his own thing again.!a1FilBpQ!OnhGME9ktXbpcyjQmtvTiqoeTnruRGsKAk6QVTOKdB8

Special Thanks to Joey R.A. Mone for this great contribution

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Riptides - Canadian Graffiti

Portland based SOMETHING TO DO Records released the aptly titled "Canadian Graffiti" of the Pop-Punk veterans from Ottawa, Ontario, THE RIPTIDES

Once again the band delivers the goods with an album full of songs that will be stuck in your head and that you will be humming for days: "Goodbye Hawaii", "Fast Girls", "I couldn't care less", "Totally Wasted"......

This blog is a long time fan of the band so when the opportunity rose to have a chat with singer Andy Vandal, there was no hesitation.

For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about The Riptides to introduce yourselves? How did you meet and decided to start a band together? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

The Riptides are a Canadian punk rock band who have been playing shows putting out records for 20 years. We put out our first record in 1998 and have been disappointing our parents ever since. I guess you could say the band “technically” started back in 1992 because our core, long-running members Andy Vandal (vocals), Bob Goblin (bass) and Doug Vermin (guitar) all met in our first year in high school in our school band. Yep, we were band geeks. We’d do big band stuff, Dixieland, swing, broadway – didn’t matter – we were pretty good at it and had so much fun. We have had quite a few drummers over the years but now we’ve got Bulltit who goes way back with us.

About the new full length record "Canadian Graffiti", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

We were pretty used to the recording process when we went down to Sonic Iguana to record this new record. We have done like seven records with so we know what he expects out of us, and we know how prepared we have to be. That being said, it’s a long, process. We recorded “Canadian Graffiti” in one week. The process consisted of first laying down the drums, then bass, then guitars. Those would be happening sequentially throughout the week while every night/evening was my time to lay down a few hours of lead vocals. So, during the day you had one of those 3 instruments, and then each night you had lead vocals. I’d get about 2-3 songs recorded each night for vocals. Most vocal takes were probably kept to an average of about 10 takes all the way through each song. Which is pretty decent. Then, after those 4 things were done, by the time we hit the following weekend we were recording the back-up vocals, lead guitar, and whatever extra bells & whistles we came up with during the week. We had to always keep ourselves in check: we had a notebook going to check off all our priorities and ideas, and we always, always, always kept our time on the clock. If something was taking too long to get right, we’d try it another way to save time. If something we felt just wasn’t working – we’d ditch it and move on. Our whole goal on this new record was to trim the fat and get to the point.

What are your favorite topics to write about or the topics that come easily when you write a new song?

A lot of our songs are about girls, relationships and where life takes you: fights, heartbreak, divorce, new found love, teenage love, puppy love, hating each other, and everything in between. But we write about other stuff like pop culture, comic books, b-movies, horror, sci-fi, surfing, zombies, surf instrumentals, spies, serial killers……also we always tend to chime in every once and awhile with some comment on current politics….not to try and stand on a podium and preach and shit – just put out a song about something that’s pissing us off – it’s just an outlet to get stuff off our collective chests. Overall, we haven’t changed this formula in literally 20 years, and we don’t intend to change it. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what your subject matter is – most important is if you have a melody/hook that is catchy and memorable – that’s the only thing that matters in a song. You could write a song about watching paint dry and if it leaves you humming along to it the next day, then it was a good song regardless of the topic.

Is each of you guys composing his own songs (words and music) or are all the songs joint efforts?

Bob is kind of the one who comes up with most of the songs that make the cut. Usually Bob will pitch an idea to Doug and I and then we play around with it to see if it will work. I’m very picky about song structures, the proper keys, how a song plays out, so I love getting involved in that stage. I can’t say enough about the importance of having a strong melody down before anything else. Many times we just make up a list of cool song titles and the song just sort of writes itself; you say the title and the melody just flows from it. But yeah basically Bob will come up with the nuts & bolts to the songs, and me & Doug add our own stuff whether it’s lyrics, vocal ideas, arrangements, etc. We're our own harshest critics, so we always do our own filtering no matter who wrote what, and we all have to agree on the decisions 100%. There’s no “fuck you guys, I don’t care what you think, it’s going on the record” kinda stuff – because we all have the same understanding as to what each record should sound like collectively, with each batch of songs. Ultimately, we all want what’s best for the record.

To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

Ramones, The Beach Boys and The Barracudas. I’d say those were the 3 bands that I grew up with loving and they still influence our work to this day. The Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” was the first record me and my brothers ever owned. We played that thing every day for 10 years straight, bouncing off the couch air-guitaring to every note on that record. Once Teen Wolf was doing back-flips on the roof of Styles’ van to the tune of “Surfin USA” it was forever cemented in our collective consciousness. So if I had to pick out one single record that forever influenced us, it’s Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer”. The Ramones came naturally out of the Beach Boys’ influence – they just did it faster, louder and tougher than anyone before them. It wasn’t a huge transition to go between those two bands. So if Beach Boys have THE record for me, I have to say THE band for me has got to be the Ramones without question. They changed everything. But your readers know that so I won’t get into all the ways why. Then finally, The Barracudas. Lead singer Jeremy Gluck is originally from Ottawa (our hometown). You have to get their compilation of “Through the Mysts of Time”. That is essential pop punk, garage, rock’n’roll. When our good friend Jerry gave us their “Subway Surfin’” 7-inch when we were kids it was like “Whoa.” They fucking killed it. Huge influence on us. In fact, Jeremy Gluck co-wrote a song on our 2006 album “Hang Out” which we subtly paid our homage by calling it “Subway Surfin’ 2” Ha Ha! It was an honour to work with him on that and it was so much fun.

All your previous full length were always released both on CD and Vinyl. So it is only natural to ask, for the buyers who prefer CD over vinyl, Will there also be a CD version of this record or will this stay a vinyl only thing? 

Nope. Where we’re from, nobody buys CD’s anymore so it wasn’t a business model that made much sense in investing in anymore. I looked at my own world, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I even played a CD…maybe like 5-6 years ago? No, not worth our time investing in something nobody has an interest in buying. We don’t have a lot of space in the van when we play shows so we always need to pack merch that’s going to sell. These days, we’re selling vinyl records and t-shirts and it’s working for us.

"Drop Out" was released on Rally, "Hang out" on Red Scare, "Tales from Planet Earth" on Asian Man records and the new one, "Canadian Graffiti" on Something to Do Records? What can you tell us about this constant change of label?

I’m not sure about “constant change.” I think being in this business for over 20 years, there’s been a lot changes. The business model has changed, technology has changed and we’ve really just rolled with the punches. We manage all of our own stuff digitally now, where even a few years ago it was much more difficult to do that. Labels don’t make the ’90’s money they used to so the whole industry has had to adjust. “Drop Out” was only reissued on Rally. All of our early albums were released off our own label called Goblin Records. The first record outside of our own label was Red Scare who put out “Hang Out” in I think 2006. When the chance came up with Asian Man - to be on the same label as two of our favourite bands The Queers and Screeching Weasel, we jumped at it. From 2009 on we put out about 5 records with Asian Man Records alone – one full length and four 7-inches. Working with Mike Park was so awesome. He’s a great guy; honest, up front and totally transparent. Very humble dude too. We’re big fans of Mike and his label. When we came up with this new record, there was this kid from Portland, Oregon who wrote me out of the blue with an interest in putting out something of ours and his enthusiasm, his drive, and his creativity was really refreshing. His name is Matthew Ostrom with Something to do Records. Keep an eye out for him – he’s a good businessman and cares about the quality of every product he puts out so much. He’s a record collector first and foremost, so he wants to put in the hands of fans stuff that he would wanna see. We couldn’t be happier. I’d advise any pop punk fans out there to check out his label, and if you’re in a pop-punk band maybe get in touch with Matthew if you’re interested in putting something out.

What can concert goers expect at a gig of The Riptides ? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

They can expect something that’s not boring, and certainly not pretentious. That’s why I love bands like the Ramones, Dwarves, The Queers – simple, fun bands that play the hits in about 30-45 minutes and then go home. So our live shows try and emulate that (without the talent those bands have/had). We have always played covers of Ramones’ “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” and Dwarves’ “Drugstore”. We’ve been playing those 2 covers for almost 20 years and people seem to like it so we’re not changing it.

What are the plans for 2018 as far as The Riptides are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe this year?

Yeah we’re busy in 2018. We’ve already started writing songs for the next record, we’re booked for some festivals, we’re playing shows again, and we have several tours coming up with some of my favourite bands for the fall. We’ve been wanting to play Europe for years now. My parents use to live in Rome, Italy for a while so I’ve been over there many times. Love it. We have a lot of people writing us from Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Germany, UK, etc. to get over there. So we’re totally into doing it. Any booking agents reading this interview send me a message. Let’s do something!

Do you have a video on Youtube featuring a track from the latest release?

We shot a really fun video last summer for a song off the new record called “Goodbye Hawaii” directed by Petr Maur. It was shot in our hometown of Ottawa, ON at Britannia Beach. If you’re ever in Ottawa in the summer season go grab a juicy burger at Baja Burger Shack at the beach. It’s the best. Anyway, yeah – if you wanna check out the video we shot here’s the official link:

Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

If you’re at the bottom of this- thanks for taking the time to read it ha ha! Thanks for still caring about small punk bands with big hearts. Don’t ever grow up. Support independent labels. Come out and have a beer with us next time we play in your town. Reach out to us anytime – we like to keep in touch and respond to just about anyone. As long as you’re not a dick, we’ll be your friend. That’s the greatest advice to live by - “Just don’t be a dick.” See ya in the pit!

Highly recommanded!