Hollywood, CA rock outfit Junkyard have announced that their new LP High Water is due to drop on April 21st via Acetate Records. This the band’s first new material in over a quarter century and the current iteration of the band features two founding members in vocalist David Roach and Patrick Muzingo on drums. Ahead of the LP’s street date, the band are streaming the lead single Cut From the Same Cloth.
Check out the track below.
We are seriously stoked to report that Tucson country punk legends Supersuckers are back on the road following a hiatus while their eopnymous frontman Eddie Spaghetti’s underwent treatment for oropharynx cancer. The band’s latest release is the country themed Holdin’ the Bag LP which dropped last year via Acetate Records in the US, and back in January in Europe.
The band have just kicked off a mammoth US tour (and a few dates in Australia), check out the full list of dates below. Welcome back Eddie!
Man, I wrote half of this review already, basing it off the belief that it was a live record. Turns out, after the initial pseudo-live intro that prefaces this disc, it’s not. It is, however, apparently a re-release of their first full length from about a decade back or so. Between this and their most recent offering, 2nd Place – with ten years and quite a few releases in between em – I’ve gotta admit, I’ve had about enough of this band.
They’ve apparently been through a host of record labels – most recently being dropped from the BYO roster five or six years back – and while 2nd Place fares mildly better, I just can’t get behind their incessant rockabilly/ surf/ honkytonk shtick. They’re adequate musicians and apparently some real dynamos on stage, but this one just comes across as nothing more than reverb-drenched Link Wray worship. It sounds pretty lame to say, but I find the stumbling sex-and-party romps of a band like the Cramps a lot more endearing; the Throw Rag guys aren’t quite crazy enough to be entirely memorable, but they’re juuuuust adept enough to not be written off entirely. One of those times when the tagline “for completists only” couldn’t be more appropriate.
Decent work here. Fares infinitely better than their recently reissued debut album Tee-Tot, which is the only other material I’ve heard by these guys and was honestly a struggle to listen to. Combine Sergio Leone spaghetti stylings, Supersuckers raunch and maybe some Reverend Horton Heat swagger and you’ve got a reasonably potent cowpunk soufflé just waiting to explode all over your shit. There’s also more than a passing nod in the vocal department to Lux Interior and the Cramps. Sure, it’s not the most cerebral of material, but this stuff’s always relied more on ass-shaking and shot-slamming than well-defined political diatribes. The occasional corny moments aren’t that big of a deal once you admit you’re not gonna find anything more than what’s on the surface – this is a band that references David Hasselhoff and Baywatch and wants the ladies to do the, uh, “Stink Bug.” There is no underlying theme here, dude.
It’s not really my forte, but after having to sit through Tee-Tot in order to write a review, I can appreciate the fact that the band’s hooks have improved, their swagger’s grown larger and they’re not afraid to occasionally pull out all the stops and actually kick out a punk song here and there – as songs like the unfortunately named “Space Hump Me” documents. I mean, if you’re looking for brains, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a band that’d be right at home on a bill with the Supersuckers, the Humpers and/or the Lazy Cowgirls, give this one a run.
With Supersuckers not releasing new material since 2008 and frontman Eddie Spaghetti focusing on his solo work, fans could be forgiven for giving up hope of ever hearing new material from the Seattle punk outfit again. However, it appears that they’ve been busy working on new material and have just made 50,000 Middle Fingers Can’t Be Wrong, an EP of previously released material available for free download via Acetate Records here.
Furthermore, they have announced they will be recording their 9th full length at Willie Nelson‘s Arlyn Studio in Austin, TX. A statement from the band gives fans a little insight into to expect from new material:
“It’s been a rough few years for us, but that means more angry rock for you to enjoy! So batten down the hatches, lock up your wives and trim the hedges! The Supersuckers are fucking BACK!!!”
The album is due to be released via Acetate Records by the end of 2013
East of Western
I was ready to knock Los Angeles hard rock four piece Hangmen for misleading me with their country outlaw cover art. You see, I love all of that crazy spaghetti western stuff like Ghoultown or The Coffinshakers, and the gun totting masked figure on the front really perked my interest. So naturally, when opener “Homesick Blues” evidenced little western swagger and straightforward hard rock, my suspicion was to cry foul. As it turned out though, with Hangmen patience is virtue, and East Of Western has turned out as more of a grower than love at first sight.
As becomes apparent early on, Hangmen’s best work takes a nod from the rock n’ roll outlaws in Social Distortion. Vocalist Bryan Small has a similar frankness and blunt tonality that projects a steady rustic confidence. The buzzing guitars on mid-tempo landmarks “I’m Your Man” and “Graverobbers” pummel the country path with the dusty swagger I mistakenly accused as absent. Generally, the slower the tempo the more pronounced the saddle-bound twang rides. “Had A Girl” slows to a trot, enveloping a clear attitude, confirming that Hangmen face few challenges riding with the country crew. There’s a little something for everyone, from the barnyard hootenanny of “Betrayed” to the down and dirty addiction of “Big Red Rooster,” East Of Western risks no lack of personality.
In the end, East Of Western finds its footing after a deceiving start. Hangmen are straight shooters when it comes to outlaw country, and while they don’t commit to the dead west quite like the boys inGhoultown, that’s more of my own preference coming into play than a deficiency on their end. Those with an affinity for Social Distortion should find something here for sure, although they’re certainly not yet in danger of competing with legends of that caliber. Outlaw rock with a solid dose of personality.