Sunday, April 10, 2016

Strange Majik's NEW Album Raised on Rock 'n' Roll

Photo by Cristina Arrigoni 


Pre-Order Raised on Rock 'N' Roll Releases April 18th                                   Photo By Rick Wenner


NYC based music producer and songwriter, David Pattillo aka Strange Majik’s latest album, at its root draws from the bare bone devilish descent into the blues of 2012's punk blues duo The Dead Exs, and last year's excursion to the hedonistic urban funkadelic and thriving sounds and undercurrents of the city's underbelly and shadows on his collaborative "Lights On" under the pseudonym Strange Majik. Without the boundary exploitation and explosion of those creative whirlwinds, his latest album would be yet another collection of songs labeled as rock and roll for a undiscerning consumer to devour like a sugar coated treat, melted and forgotten.
Fortunately out of that caldron of exploration "Raised on Rock 'N" Roll" is a redefining rock record, bold with flourishes of experimentation. A fusion of past, present, and future on this collective musical carousel ride we're taking together. It speaks to us each as individuals, yet binds our varied inner beats to a more common experience.
Raised on Rock and Roll will encompass many things to many people, mostly though it's the free spirit, and attitude of resistance against the status quo. A weekend in the woods in the right conditions can have the effect of being raised by wolves with howling as a means of primal communication, a trip to a carnival as a kid can have a lasting effect of heightened individuality and rebellion. Mostly though it's a love sonnet to the music and the special musicians that when talked about sound to others like insider information, a secret society that only those with a special cosmic insight know their names and music. Those raised on rock and roll are the insightful, who whisper names that in time end up on everyone's lips. You can recognize them, they're devouring the liner notes, they know the studio musicians and every session they've played. Hushed conversations while the vinyl spins, names are dropped, Doug Sahm, Graham Parsons, Flo and Eddie, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper, The Swampers. Literary influences intertwine with the sounds, Kerouac, Burroughs, Kesey and Wolf. Those raised on rock and roll bring to us what exists on the edges of society and dissect it, shape it and keep it is perpetual forward motion.
It is this mythological, legendary, storied and surreal past that Strange Majik unleashes his creativity and innovation to pay unbridled loving homage to on "Raised on Rock 'N' Roll"
With the power of his experience, blues chops, funky twists, soulful snarls, and bone bustin' riffs that could come straight outta Muscle Shoals or Stax this album will put to rest that question, is Rock and Roll dead? The answer is a resounding HELL NO!
Celebrating a year-long residency at the retro chic Tribeca haunt Belle Reve where on any given Tuesday you'll never know who'll show up to jam.
"I'm so happy to have my weekly Tribeca residency at Belle Reve. It's enabled me to play my music for new folks every week, get some immediate feedback, and inspire a lot of people to believe in rock 'n' roll again. I see all ages come out and it's heartening to see how much fun everyone is having. There are so many bands in town, but not many that do what we do. I'm just glad people trust in the boys and me to deliver the goods. There's so much emotion wrapped up in the lyrics and they will cut pretty deep, but there is such a release that happens live for the audience and for me. I feel like Leon Russell on his live record when he says 'Now if you all don't feel like you've had a religious experience tonight when you leave, you just go get your money back. I don't need it!' That may not be the hippest thing to say in indie rock today or the smartest, but with my crowd it just feels right."
For this record Pattillo gathered an exceptional list of musicians and friends to contribute, Dillon Treacy's provides fat back beats. Jake Pinto from the eclectric Brooklyn band Emefe channels Ray Charles and Booker T. with his vintage Wurly. Chris Gaskell aka Baby GSauce's plays super funky, moving from upright bass to electric with ease. Showcase moments go to Geoff Burke on sax who Pattillo borrowed from Harry Connick Jr. and Sean Spada tickles the keys on Piano. Mollie King from Tennessee and Briana Layon add some background vocals. Anthony "Flynn" Mullin of the NYC band The Blackfires cameos on rippin' guitar. Floridian Greg "The Fiddler" Holt, plus a beautiful cameo from the NYC band Walking Shapes frontman, Nathaniel Hoho.

"Going to Miami" opens the record with a fat back chitlin' groove and a gritty guitar riff straight outta Jimmy James and The Blue Flames. One drop of the needle and its BANG! "Listening To Leon" sounds like it could have been a lost Derek And The Dominoes gem. Self deprecating, age wary, slides soaring and riff heavy it's an infectious rocker worthy of Leon's praise. 
"Don't Mess With The Girl From Texas" and "Raised on Rock 'N' Roll" are two southern tinged anthems full of feathers and flair. Background vocalists Mollie King from Tennessee and Briana Layon from Tulsa bring the swampy southern authenticity here. These two are like an ice cream sandwich with Claudia Lennear hiding in the middle.  Classic indeed! Anthony "Flynn" Mullin of the NYC band The Blackfires cameos on rippin' guitar runs as well. The result is a classic rock standard and an undeniable Texas honky tonk rager.  

But then the masterful "Electrified" slows us down to a sexier groove that recalls a vibey JJ Cale moment.  A haunting atmosphere eases you into to a plush 16 bar blues with a message. "I had just seen the movie 'Amy.' recalls Pattillo and the song just wrote itself. I related to her brutally addictive relationship with her boyfriend that fueled her iconic storylines, which on one hand gave her beautiful songs but eventually destroyed her life." 
"Workingman 99" is a more raw and immediate revisit from the "Lights On" record with Geoff Burke holding down a "Brass Monkey" Beastie's vibe. No doubt this is one of the most visceral tracks on the record with the entire band working overtime. And its lyrical lefty sensibilities are right on time for this revolutionary election year! "Nolita Strut," which could be an Allan Toussaint instrumental, along with "If You Got The Time I Got The Love" and "Girl From Texas" originally appeared on The Dead Exs records punkier and loose. But here they have evolved into tighter, punchier, maximum party pleasers.  "Cocaine Kisses" keeps the fun going and the humor high with Floridian Greg Holt's fiddlers nod to Americana coaxing Pattillo's wit.
"Gone" starts with the dead thump of Pattillo's foot on the bootbox. GSauce's upright bass moans like a crawling king snake in the mud. Spada's piano delivery is dreamy and masterful.  Pattillo's vocal rattles your bones. It's a long slow ride that delivers. But perhaps the most epic tune on the record is "Pull The Trigger." From its solitary beginning with Pattillo and his slide guitar on a single mic, this one genuinely reflects our violent often divisive times with a beautiful cameo from the NYC band Walking Shapes frontman, Nathaniel Hoho.
Pattillo shines as an ace songwriter on this record, and not only did he pen all the songs, but engineered, produced and mixed the record too as he did on his last record the phenomenal "Lights On"
"I thought this one was going to be fairly easy but it became a huge labor of love and it kept growing. We started tracking the record with just the three of us in the room but then the upbeat songs were missing something. It was a challenge to get the right players and vibe so the band kept growing."
This is an album you'll not easily tire of listening to, there are so many layers on here each new spin is a discovery of something new and besides that it will just get you jimmy jumping wildly. I've been trying to figure out my favorite song, but the whole dang thing blows me away, definitely an LP to be listened to fully.
Pre-Order and get first three singles now. Releases on April 18th

Track List:
1. Going To Miami
2. Listening To Leon
3. Don't Mess With The Girl From Texas
4. Raised On Rock 'N' Roll
5. Electrified
6. Workingman 99
7. Nolita Strut
8. Cocaine Kisses
9. Gone
10. If You Got The Time I Got The Love
11. Pull The Trigger




Monday, October 26, 2015

Feel Bad For You October 2015 Mixtape


A ghost in the machine has forced our FBFY curator to dig up a long forgotten grave and post this months mix where it originated in 2006 at Americana Music forum, widgetless and naked. The collected parts are stitched together to make a monster of a mix, part normal and part Abby Normal.

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1. "Country Music, I'm Talking To You"
Darrell Scott
10 Songs Of Ben Bullington (2915)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Home truths about the state of country music in one of the late Ben Bullington's songs Scott chose for a really wonderful album.

2. "Freak Of Nature"
Anastacia
Freak Of Nature (2001)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Better beware, I’m your midnight angel.

3. "Where the Night Goes"
Josh Ritter
Sermon on the Rocks (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Josh Ritter's new record is mighty fine.

4. "Killing Time"
City And Colour
If I Should Go Before You (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Some songs just feel like the season, and this is one that feels like autumn, decay, and disillusionment.

What if you're here when I'm not ready?
What if I'm not willing to listen?
I hope these devils never leave me
'Cause I keep takin' what they're givin'

5. "Champagne Halloween"
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Greetings From St. Paul & The Broken Bones (2012)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments:

6. "Cuts Like a Knife"
The Hold Steady
Live from the Horseshoe Tavern, Bootleg (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: But it feels so right.

7. "Halloween"
The Dream Syndicate
Days of Wine & Roses (1982, reissue 2015)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: A triumph from the halcyon days of the Paisley Underground - jangly, dark-hearted indie.

8. "Midnight"
Hank Levine & The Blazers
Single A Side (1960)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments:

9. "Evil Eye"
Al Saxon
Single (1962)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments:

10. "Monsters Crash the Pajama Party"
Radio Spot
Single (1965)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments:

11. “Happy Halloween”
Green Pajamas
Happy Halloween! (2014)
Submitted By: Blabber'n'Smoke
Comments: Not too spooky, a result of the band's purchase of a Casio MT-68 keyboard back in 1984 and originally released on cassette. Reissued on CD in 2014.

12. “The Black Rider”
Tom Waits
The Black Rider (1993)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I'm not a big Halloween guy. But this 'un truly creeps me out. Waits' voice is intriguing in its own right. It draws you near before he sets his hook. And then, wonderful lyrics ooze from this song such as ‘I'll drink your blood like wine,’ ‘Take off you skin and dance around in your bones,’ and ‘May I use your skull for a bowl?’

13. "Scorpios Vegas"
Gun Outfit
Dream All Over (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The best song on an album that's front-to-back brilliant.

14. “Peter Gunn”
Roy Buchanan
Dancing On The Edge (1986)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This can't be what Henry Mancini heard while writing the tune. Lucky for us, Roy heard something different and reached for the Telecaster.

15. “Halloweenhead”
Ryan Adams
Easy Tiger (2007)
Submitted By: Truersound/Not RMR
Comments: Guitar Solo! I love this song!

16. "Death Garage"
Peter Holsapple and the H Bombs
Big Black Truck (1978)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Pre-db's tune by the one and only Mr. Holsapple. Heard it on KDHX a few Halloween's ago - not explicitly about Halloween, but its creepy in an Ed Wood movie sorta way.

17. “Pajama Party in a Haunted House”
Beat Happening
Black Candy (1989)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: One of my favorite Beat Happening songs - first heard it on the legendary Sub Pop 200 compilation. Again, not about Halloween per se, but it has that nightmarish quality that is kinda spooky.

18. “Halloween”
Wussy
Attica (2014)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Hey, this one actually says Halloween in the title! Great song from one of my current obsessions - the mighty Wussy. Not spooky or scary - just a great song.

19. “Hell Yes”
Alkaline Trio
Halloween at the Metro (2003)
Submitted By: Verbow
Comments: Alkaline Trio is noted for their generally macabre song topics and sense of humor, so playing a song with the lyrics "bless me dark father I have sinned/ I've done it before and I'll do it again" on Halloween night seems just about right. Great version of one of my favorite Alk3 songs.

20. “Ghost Town (Extended V)”
The Specials
The Best of the Specials (2008)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Originally released on the 12” single version this is the extended version of The Specials 1981 classic which was the one of the last recordings they made before they split. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_(The_Specials_song)

21. “There’s a Ghost In My House”
R. Dean Taylor
Single (1967)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Another classic track but this time a it’s a timeless Northern Soul favourite, written by Holland Dozier Holland and released on a Motown imprint in 1967

22. “Halloween”
Kirsty MacColl
Electric Landlady (1991)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: A themed track from the late great Kirsty MacColl

23 "Werewolves of London"
The Flamin' Groovies
Jumpin in the Night (1979)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: Not quite as good as the original but very good and different enough to sound fresh

24. "Red Right Hand"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Let Love In (1994)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: One of my all time favorite songs and to think I first heard it in Wes Craven's Scream.

25. "Human Fly"
The Cramps
Gravest Hits (1979)
Submitted by: The SecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: Like a '50s horror movie in the form of a deranged garage punk song.

26. "Dark Night"
The Blasters
Hard Line (1985)
Submitted by: TheSecondSingle/Beldo
Comments: A great rockabilly song with some very dark lyrics about a murder. If you're not familiar with The Blasters (and you should be), you may recognize it as the title song in From Dusk Til Dawn.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Feral's Debut Full-Length Album Aromatic Bitters


Established musicians in numerous bands, the members of Feral are certified street cats, their songs are tales of hardscrabble living, an existence on the edges of societal woes where compassion and love are a necessity of survival. Hard fought battles result in scars of character and stature, determination and gumption forces one ever forward, each step fraught with setbacks and hard lessons learned.
These are the sounds of the times we live in, dark and distressing with an optimism to turn the corner and do the best with the cards one's dealt.

With Cindy Emch - vox, guitar, Norman Carley - vox, guitar and Ed Cagnacci - backing vox, upright bass, slide guitar their sound is barebones Americana with a touch of '49er goldrush gothic folk.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Feel Bad For You July 2015 Mixtape

Rooty toot-toot July's Mix is all sorts of tasty goodness, dig in!
Thanks to Trailer for the disturbing artwork. The original image is by the famous photographer David LaChapelle.



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1. “Guided By Voices”
Selective Service (2001)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: One of a few songs anointed the “ballad of Guided By Voices” by none other than Robert Pollard. Perhaps the perfect summer song. Oh yeah, fuck Don Henley.
Note: This track was supposed to be on the June mix, but I missed it. D’oh! Sorry. :(
2. “True Believers”
Have Gun Will Travel
Science From An Easy Chair (2015)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV
Comments: Lead single from the upcoming Have Gun Will Travel album, Science From An Easy Chair. Love the rim shot drums on this song as well as the guitars in it.
3. “The Rise of the Black Messiah”
Indigo Girls
One Lost Day (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: You didn’t think a new Indigo Girls record could be released without me submitting a track did you? Written for the case of the Angola 3, it feels even more appropriate given recent events and the ugly evils of a racist system we’re still not able to face directly.
4. “Rules of Change”
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
The Monsanto Years (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Enlightened anger; got a good beat, easy to dance to, I’ll give it a 90.
Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have traveled far from home
Seeds are life it can’t be owned
Not even by Monsanto
People must be free to grow
5. “Who Are You Listening To?”
Billy Hubbard
Demo (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The Knoxville Americana-ist has been working on this song for awhile and recorded a demo at home to send out into the interwebs for comment. I feedbacked him :) that it’s one heck of a song. And not a bad question.
6. “Imuhar (Freemen)”
Bombino
Nomad (2013)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Sometimes a song just plugs itself into your brain; that’s what happened to me with this Bombino number. The swaying beat, the elegant vibraphone solo, the hypnotic guitar arpeggiation, all tell me I need to be smoking what this dude is smoking.
7. “I Ride My Bike”
Cracker
Kerosene Hat (1993)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been riding my bicycle a lot, so …
8. “Trash The Sun”
Hymn For Her
Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Can’t wait to say goodbye to July. Good lawdy it’s hot. Wait. What? AUGUST??? Damn.
9. “Yuma”
Justin Townes Earle
Yuma EP (2007)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Just discovered this beauty… “And is it too much to ask, he cried as he stepped into the wind, He turned his back onto the world and he fell back to earth again, So with the wind in his hair, and smile on his face, he crashed through the hood of an Old’s 98, and he lay there dying on a cold winters day, all alone, all alone.
10. “Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)”
East River Pipe
The Gasoline Age (1999)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: East River Pipe a.k.a. F.M. ‘Fred’ Cornog is a recent discovery for me even though his early recordings (93-96) were released on legendary UK indie label Sarah Records, this sound effect laden track is from an album released by the mighty Merge Records in 99.
11. “24 Frames”
Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free (2015)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Just got this today — enjoying listening to the new album.
12. “Call To Arms”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: I’m digging on this San Francisco based blues/indie rock trio Fritz Montana. New 7″ just released. New album later this year.
13. “I’m Not The Same”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments:
14. “You Got to Me”
James McMurtry
Complicated Game (2015)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: McMurtry paints with words, way Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso paints with oils.
15. “Too Close To Home”
My Life in Black and White
Columbia (2014)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: Having kids is always bittersweet. Summers can be especially so. This track is one I’ve been listening to a lot lately while thinking about my kids but it stands on its own even for those without kids. It’s a great punk track from a band who doesn’t get nearly enough attention.
16. “Summer’s Cauldron”
XTC
Skylarking (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: It’s been awfully warm in the Pacific Northwest, so this song came to mind.
17. “Husk”
Michael Rank & Stag
Horsehair (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From Rank’s latest album, really rootsy Americana from an artist who has released five spellbinding albums in the last four years.
18. “Philophobia”
Copywrite
A Heart of Glass EP (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The raw and unadorned first single from Australia’s Copywrite. The band’s debut LP will be released on 11 August.
19. “Littleworth”
T. Hardy Morris
Drownin’ on a Mountaintop (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments:
20. “I Love a Rainy Night”
Eddie Rabbitt
Number One Hits (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: So, everything keeps getting rained out right now. But it’s ok…because I love a rainy night.
21. “When My First Wife Left Me”
R.L. Burnside
Too Bad Jim (1994)
Submitted By: Truersound
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22. “James Alley Blues”
Jeff Tweedy, Roger McGuin & Jay Bennett
The Harry Smith Connection (1997)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Salt for salt

Introducing, 40 Pound Hound


Hailing from New Jersey, 40 Pound Hound is a power trio of hard-charging rockers, steeped in the classics of rock and roll, their roots are buried around the yard like tasty bones ready to be dug up and inserted into their original tunes as quick as a lick. Thier songs are as taut as a hound testing the length of the chain with paws dug deep and a defiant howl. The self-titled is no nonsense three prong attack,  riffs, beats and more beats. Like a big bowl of table scraps, you'll hear bits and pieces of Gilmore, Baker, Wyman, and other legends of Rock, as these lads have studied hard the foundations of Rock and Roll.
A staple at the Jersey Shore if you like raw, hard and rambunctious music you should go catch them ripping up a joint in the near future.
The band has completed their 1st studio recordings of 7 songs. Recorded at WOM Studio in Long Branch NJ. Next step is to have some CDs professionally printed and for sale online….

A fellow hot rodder, I met Corey at last year's Race of Gentlemen, but just recently found out he had a band so I sent him along some questions to get to know about 40 Pound Hound.

PT - Name of the band and how’d you came up with it?
Corey - Band is named after Duane's dog, Lemmy. Finding a great band name can be very difficult. Lemmy weighs(ed) 40 lbs and he sleeps through every loud rehearsal in Duane's garage. Seemed as good a name as any when we needed to come up with a name.

PT - Who’s in the band?
Corey - Duane Hutter plays guitar, John Mathius plays Bass and is our lyric composer and singer. Me, I'm Corey Stubblefield and smack the shit outa drums... Sometimes rhythmically.

PT - Where do you live and what’s great about it?
Corey - Duane and I are from Middletown, John is from Maryland, near DC area, spent time living in Brooklyn, and now lives in Long Branch. We rehearse in Middletown surrounded by horse farms. It's a great, peaceful setting that we routinely poison with our own noise pollution. Our sound could be described a few ways; heavy, blues rock. Stoner rock, spacerock, mathrock, or high energy hard rock.




PT - Tell us about your latest release?
Corey - Our latest self-titled release started as some riffs that Duane had. After jamming on them for a few months, John brought a microphone to practice and stated he wrote some lyrics to go with a couple of the tunes. (Yes! This fuckin guy is cool!) As we continued to play & grow, John's songs seemed to really take a distinct New Jersey theme. Pine Barrens is about the Jersey Devil, NJT is about riding the train, and Eminent Domain... Well I forgot what that's about.Ha

PT - When did you start making music?
Corey  - I started playing drums at age 12. In 7th grade I met Duane and we were soon trying to play AC/DC & Black Sabbath tunes. Duane and I toured parts of USA and Europe with one of our previous bands in early 2000s. After that band split I took a break to focus on my daughter (2005). All the while still just jamming with Duane here & there. Summer of 2012 there was a BBQ at Duane's, we jammed with people at the party. John was at the party with his wife, and when we jammed we just kinda hit it off.

PT - Who are some that have/had an influence on you?
Corey  - My biggest influence on drums are; Bonham, Moon, Ian Paice, Ringo Starr, Bill Ward,Tommy Lee, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Carmine (&) Vinny Appice, John Densmore, Nick Mason, Mitch Mitchell, and Animal (Ronnie Verdel).

PT - What are some of the challenges, obstacles you've dealt with?
Corey  - Just off the top of my head. I think the biggest challenge or obstacle would be time. Finding the time to rehearse, having enough time to record, and having everyone in the bands' schedule line up to do a show. It's never easy. John and I are both married with children. And we all three work full time/ overtime. Duane is a painter, John is a graphic designer, and I'm a mechanic. If there was something I could do over it would definitely be to focus on my passion of performing. I love making people feel good! I shouldn't have been focused on fixing cars,(listened to my mom and dad and got a "real" job, what a dummy!) I now know I could've made a living playing music one way or another. I think I might have tried comedy too.

PT - What's one thing about you/band that very few people know?
Corey  - All the band members are right handed.

PT - What was the first record you bought?
Corey  - My first record I bought myself was Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti. With paper route $ in 7th grade. Followed by multiple Zeppelin $ ACDC records. The first album I asked my mom to get me was something from Ozzy Osbourne, she got me Diary of a Madman.

PT - Who are you listening to lately? Vinyl, CD or digital?
Corey  - We listen to vinyl during breaks at rehearsal. Usually old Stones.

PT - If you could record with any one artist who would it be and why?
Corey  - I would love to record with Dave Grohl. I love his energy, and his music rocks.

PT - What films have had a lasting impact on you?
Corey  - Smokey & Bandit, Hooper, Cool Hand Luke, Idiocracy, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Blazing Saddles, Airplane, The Godfather, The Song Remains the Same, the Big Lebowski.

PT - Twizzlers or Slim Jims?
Corey  - Slim Jims (my daughter loves them)

PT - Since youse are a Jersey band, here's the age old question that defines North/South NJ borders. Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?
Corey - Pork Roll

PT - Whiskey or Beer?
Corey - Whiskey

PT - Favorite road food?
Corey - a burger.

PT - What's next on the horizon?
Corey - Hopefully the band will continue to write more songs, record & perform them. For me, it's all about the fun of it.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fangs and Twang Self-Titled Debut


With their retirement from punk rock carnival—and midwest festival favorite—known as Black Jake & The Carnies looming, the Michigan trio of Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals) take two unlikely influences, Dale Watson and The Misfits and create a monster of a sound with their new band Fangs and Twang.
The level of musicianship from the trio takes what could've been just imitation to innovation.
When you need something irreverent and just plain fun these lads serve it up in spades.
 The trio started writing and playing shows last fall. Inspired by Joe' s trip to Austin, TX (he saw Dale Watson playing a roadhouse and providing the soundtrack for a game of chicken-shit bingo), some improvised vampire lyrics that Billy belted out (causing those in the room to spit out drinks with laughter), and Andy's twangy Telecaster licks (face melting), the 'monster country' concept was born.  "We wanted to do something fun, collaborative, and high energy" said Andy. Indeed, Fangs and Twang share writing and lead vocal duties, and definitely bring a party atmosphere to their performances.

Fangs and Twang will celebrate the release this Thursday, July 30th at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Joining them will be Modern Lady Fitness, Loose Teeth, and Violin Monster. Doors at 9:30pm, $8. Fangs will also appear at Holler Fest on August 22nd in Brooklyn, MI.

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