Friday, August 18, 2017

The Brainiax "Rock'n'Roll Lobotomy"

(Self released 2017)

Cape Fear
Brainiax Boogie
The House On The Hill
The Bastard Sun
Straitjacket Stomp
Galactic Mystery
Devil Doll

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, The Brainiax are relative newcomers to the psychobilly scene. The lads have been together a year but Collin O'Brainiac tells me the lads have been acting the bollix in various bands for several years. You'd know it too. This is some quality stuff. They love the cream of the crop of musical genres which shows in their sound. Taking influences from psychobilly, punk, country and rockabilly, you just know these boys have good taste. Their début show was opening for Canadian sexpots The Gutter Demons and they've just released their first album...all by themselves I might add. It makes me so proud *sniff*. But seriously though, when a band goes down the self-release road I think they deserve as much support as they can get. They do it for the love of the music. Let's face it, there's fuck all profit in psychobilly and any money made goes straight back in to the band (well, maybe a small portion goes to the pub). Anyway, what struck me straight away about The Brainiax is that their sound is somewhat reminiscent of Hayride To Hell and to a certain degree The Hellbillys. They're very much of that tough American psychobilly ilk as opposed to the more "fun" for want of a better expression European psychobilly sound. There's a nice bit of echo chamber on the vocals which gives a sexy rockabilly twist but the music is not for rockabilly aficionados with their heads planted firmly up their arses. It's for rockabilly aficionados like me with my head planted firmly between two arse cheeks...with rockabilly tattooed on one and psychobilly on the other. It's not in-your-face psychobilly either. By psycho standards it's mid-paced. Groovy! I'll tell ya what. I fuckin' love The Brainiax me. If you like your psychobilly with a glint of a flick knife and a knuckle duster to the man-spuds this'll be right up your street. You can grab it directly from the band (and pick up some merch while you're at it...seemingly if you wear one of their shirts, sew a couple of their patches over your nipples and apply a sticker (or 10 in my case) over your shlong, it's guaranteed to result in panty evaporation). It's available now on CD and digital download...links to purchase below.
The O'Prez



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Black Wolf "Rock'n Roll Trash"

(Self Released 2017)

Bad Blues
Wrecked Roll

Big Black Wolf from France are a genre-defying quartet (I'm guessing the drummer was holding the camera in the photo I used here). With the classic rockabilly instrumentation but played in a more trashy rock'n'roll style with a big dollop of angry punk rock vocals on top. In keeping with the underground aesthetic, the EP is 100% home made but to my ears sounds every bit as good as anything mixed and mastered in a professional studio. Big Black Wolf are the kind of outfit that will appeal to both psychobillies and punks in equal measure. Rockabillies will be holding their 1950s crucifixes aloft! If you like your psychobilly and all it's related offshoots and relations to sound violent and threatening then look no further than Big Black Wolf. The EP is available directly from the band's Facebook page (though there mightn't be many left). Another reason to like Big Black Wolf is their initials also equate to that most alluring of woman!
The O'Prez

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Salidos De La Cripta "Enemigos De La Humanidad"

(Crazy Love Records 2017)

Blues Del Vicio
Enemigo De La Humanidad
La Meretriz Del Diablo
Otro Día
El Efecto De Su Oscura Oración
La Ruta Al Infierno
Hey! Señor Juez!
Diles Que No Me Maten

I love a challenge me. The challenge this time being typing out those song titles. Bloody Colombians...coming over here and not bothering to sing in English...stealing our women...seducing them with their big Latin shlongs and suits. Shower o' bastards! Look at them there. God Almighty they make me sick! Ah no, I'm only pulling your lariat. The Colombians...a great bunch of lads. So, Salidos De La Cripta (Out Of The Crypt...or Departed From The Crypt..or Coming Out Of The Crypt..I DON'T KNOW...QUIT BUSTIN' MY BALLS...for us non-multilingual gobshites) have just released this scorcher of an album on Germany's Crazy Love. The lads use the "psychobilly" moniker on their Facebook page but there's a lot more to them than just that. Psychotic rockabilly with the odd twist of Latin or maybe even Tex Mex rhythms here and there with oodles of reverb-drenched twang which adds plenty of "billy" to the aforementioned psychobilly. Rockabilly is all too often lost in the mix when it comes to a lot of newer psycho outfits but not so with Salidos De La Cripta. The strep throat vocals add to the aggressive sound the boys have...and I don't mean Sparky rip-off vocals...I mean good ballsy angry powerful vocals. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent there is in this little subculture of ours. This band is brimming over with talent. This album is excellent. Grab it by the scrote now on either vinyl (for snobby bastards) or CD (for lazy bastards) and use the side of your knee like I do as a double bass and slap along to the frenetic rhythms.
The O'Prez

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Screaming Kids "Hasto Luego Mi Amor"

(Crazy Love Records 2017)

Le Bruit Des Anges
Encore Un Soir
Le Fossoyeur
Hasta Luego Mi Amor
Prends Le Comme Ca Vient
Ton Ame En Peine
A 4 Dans La BM
Tes Magies
Petit Chaperon Rouge

Waaaait a minute...Screaming "Kids"? These boys are taking the piss. It's been 27 years since their first album saw the light of day on Nervous Records. Well I suppose like the rest of us in the psychobilly world they probably have the mental age of 12 so I'll gloss over that. So what are they like now? I prefer em now. I can't understand a word they're singing (see song titles) (my French teacher would be so proud) but then again I have trouble understanding psychobilly when sang in English! Straddling the lines between power rockabilly and psychobilly with some fine vocals it reminds me a bit of their fellow countrymen The Lucky Devils. It's more than evident that the lads haven't left their instruments in the attic for the past 27 years as there's some top notch playing to be heard. All instruments seem to ricochet off one and other. There's passion in the playing and indeed the singing. Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) isn't a cover of the old Sam The Sham favourite but is a Kids original and finishes out the album in such a way that you want to go back and listen to it all over again. Instant classic that song! Once again 2017 just seems to offer up more and more stellar releases. Out now for your wallet-emptying pleasure on Crazy Love on both vinyl and CD. You know you want it...
The O'Prez

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Wreck "The Nosferatu"

(Crazy Love Records 2017)

The Nosferatu
The Day The Earth Stood Still

While the rest of the psychobilly world is off in Pineda sunning their pasty arses I'm stuck here in overcast Ireland wiping mine. But that's not a bad thing exactly. For you see, such was my excitement upon receiving the new teaser-single from everyone's soon-to-be favourite band The Wreck, that I immediately shat in my lace panties...I mean...boxer shorts. Yes, that's it. Boxer shorts. *crickets* ...But anyway, there's been a lot of media attention regarding this band, a bit of a super-group really if you care to read their bio on their Facebook page. So they're not just a Johnny-Come-Lately outfit. Do they live up to the hype though? Put it this way, I fuckin' love this two-shantied-shite-inducing disc-o-delights! Now from what I can garner from Crazy Love is that it's a limited edition copy with each order of the forthcoming album. If the rest of the album maintains the quality of the two songs on offer here then I think it's going to be a contender for the Hellacious Harmonies album of the year and there's plenty of stiff competition so far. Apart from the pristinely-produced psychobilly beats, what I especially love is the vocals. They have somewhat of a new wave tonality to them. For my money their impending album is going to be exemplary. Let's just hope it doesn't get pirated....pirated...did you see what I did there? Feck off then!
The O'Prez

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

X-Ray Cat Trio "I Lied"

(Killjoy Records 2017)

I Lied
Ram Riders
Lonely On A Saturday Night
The Devil's Come Rag

This is the third slab of wax from the Leeds-based outfit X-Ray Cat Trio. I'll get the particulars out of the way first shall I? Okay, This is available on black vinyl (400 copies), hot pink vinyl (50 copies - band edition) and lizard yellow vinyl (50 copies - Killjoy Records edition).  Now then, the music. Well, in a nutshell, this 7 incher is a funsize Rockabilly Psychosis And The Garage Disease. Packed with quality and diversity. This is a must-have for anyone with even a modicum of good taste. By my calculations, it's a 10 minute joyride through everything I love about my chosen music genres. From trashy, sleazy garage rock'n'roll to surf, right into a bit of 1950s bubblegum pop balladeering (with bollocks) and a rockabilly chaser for the road. The boys show expert prowess on every one. Usually at the end of these I stick on a sample track of what to expect, but in this case, sticking on a single track wouldn't do the boys justice so I'm sticking on a sample of all 4 songs sexily merged together by me because I'm nice like that. The lads are no museum piece though. Yes they play an eclectic mix of styles rooted in the 1950s and 60s but do so with such vigour and dynamism that they wouldn't have been "radio-friendly" back then. With that said, they're not radio-friendly now either and that's why I love em. Having the ability to appeal to a multitude of subcultures is a rare trait in a band but from where I'm sitting this a trait the X-Ray Cat Trio have in abundance.  
The O'Prez

Monday, May 22, 2017

Radarmen "Radarmen"

(Killjoy Records 2017)

Invasion Of The Radarmen
Cosmic Kidnapping
End Of Line

Well this one took me by complete surprise as I wasn't familiar with the band at all. So with no expectations to be met whatsoever, I stuck it on the turntable and had immediate erect nipples. This is straight-up 100% psychobilly with no harmful additives. Clean guitar, pounding drums and slap bass aplenty. The opening ditty is like a more evil sounding Guana Batz. Me likey. What follows is more of the same minus the Batz influence but still heavy on the classic psychobilly sound....of the mid 80s European variety. Me likey again. This EP is one wrecking pit-friendly slab of excellence. Lyrically it steers away from the usual horror fare and the boys opt for a more nihilistic sci-fi  approach. Well they are called the Radarmen so the clue was right there. Fuck me there's even some old school psychobilly screams to be had. I love screams me. The lads hail from California and this is their début release. It was available on purple and white vinyl but those are already sold out but the sexy black ones can still be purchased from stocks though so get yer finger out of yer arse. As début releases go, this is right up there with the best...and better than a lot more. Radarmen are definitely a band to look out for and are injecting a much needed shot in the arse to the somewhat stagnant US psycho scene as far as new talent goes. This record is filled with melodious aggression and I love it.
The O'Prez