Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Release New Video, Your Vote Counts!

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 25 - 2015Comments Off on Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Release New Video, Your Vote Counts!

reachThe Reach Around Rodeo Clowns follow up their critically acclaimed song and video for “King Of The Slot Car Track” with their latest video offering, “I’m Obsessed”. “King Of The Slot Car Track” won over fans with extensive radio airplay and caught the attention of award-winning author, Stephen King, who tweeted about the song and video as part as well his love of the band’s name. “King Of The Slot Car Track” also won a Boonie International Film Festival nomination for the video!

Now that they have your attention, The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns hope this new video for “I’m Obsessed” is equally frightening and thrilling. Never one to shy away from pushing the envelope, the lyrics deal with the obsessions of a stalker. Fans of late night horror movies will appreciate their take on the subject matter. The faint-of-heart might opt for watching classic Lawrence Welk videos instead. Check it out

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Bat City Surfers Interview

Posted by drew On February - 27 - 2015Comments Off on Bat City Surfers Interview

bcs1The Bat City Surfers are the new kings of urban psycho-surf! Pumping out hard,hitting, horror tinged rock ‘n’ roll the band is quickly becoming one of the more popular local acts in Austin, Texas. Climb aboard our coffin shaped board and find out what this band is all about! Today we were lucky enough to grab front man Joey Muerto for a quick interview. Surf’s up ya’ll!

I know you’re a big comic book nerd like myself. So what is the origin story of Bat City Surfers?

JM: I guess our origin story is that we come from a world where man-kind evolved from bats and, after joining forces to create the ultimate surf-punk experience, we accidentally transported ourselves into this dimension during a recording experiment gone horribly wrong! This was back in 2011 and after adapting to this atmosphere and your yellow, sun we played our first gig in January, 2012.

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Koffin Kats- Born of the Motor

Posted by Anita On November - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Here it is! The latest album from Detroit’s Koffin Kats and what can I say? It fucking kicks so much ass it’s insane! Which is how it should be for a psychobilly band! The rhythm section is incredibly and absolutely solid, the guitar riffs are catchy as all hell and have the right amount of metal influence, and the over the top dramatic style of singing all of it creates the dark and twisted environment in which these songs live. It has to be mentioned, Vic’s voice is pitch perfect for this creepy style of music, it’s a dark opera of real life horror. Born of the Motor will definitely take you on a fucking ride starting from the first note of “All of Me is Gone”. “Lighting has struck once again”. Holy shit, no kidding! I can’t help but play air drums and sing along to this baby! And I am by no means, ashamed to admit it! This is what I wish every single album I listened to made me do. Why can’t they all be this good? And so on it goes with the next song “Under a Blue Sky”. “Giving Blood” is damn creepy in the best of ways and it’s impossible to not tap your toes at least. At least! Same with “Devil Tales” and you got to love the guitar on this one! So many awesome songs on this one including “The Team” which starts as a 50s style ballad and soon intertwines with Koffin Kats brand of epic punkabilly. It’s done so seamlessly and works so damn well. “Twist Apart” is so damn catchy and you can feel the music circling around you. The ground spins as the singing and music do. It just moves and feels so damn alive for a song about death. “Round and round you wanna go”. “Goodbye Blues” starts slow but ends with a bang! And yes, once again the drums provide a solid heartbeat. The guitar riffs have a nice hint of metal but not too much. Really words do it no justice, you have to take a listen to this work yourself.
It’s good to the last note ending with “Gone To See The World” which is a sweet Hawaiian influenced ode to the open road, to seeing the world. Something this hard working band has experience in to be sure. I must add that I think it’s brilliant that they explore the horror of real life and inject that aspect into most of their songs. It would be incredible with there were more bands like this one. I can only hope the Koffin Kats will be here with us to blow our minds for a while longer.

Koffin Kats-Born of the Motor

Koffin Kats-Born of the Motor

THE CREEPSHOW

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 2 - 2013Comments Off on THE CREEPSHOW

thecreepshowTHE CREEPSHOW were founded in 2005 as a  psychobilly-punkrock band in Toronto. Since that point they released three  full-length albums and played countless tours and festivals with bands like  Rancid, Tiger Army, Agnostic Front or Broilers. In 2012 singer Sarah “Sin”  Blackwood left the band, to be replaced by Kendalyn “Kenda” Legaspi during the  very same year. Now in 2013 THE CREEPSHOW are back with their great single  “Sinners & Saints” and a brand-new record called “Life After Death” which  will be released in September, 2013.

 

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Tuxedo Tramps about their psychobilly, neobilly style

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 16 - 2013Comments Off on Tuxedo Tramps about their psychobilly, neobilly style

423342_307089522689283_708831988_nTuxedo Tramps is a band from Salt Lake City, Utah USA. They play psychobilly, neobilly, rockabilly and good old rock and roll

Carl Harman; lead guitar, lead vox, and upright bass

Krystal Harman; guitar lead vocals and backing vocals

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The Brains- Monster Within

Posted by Anita On April - 16 - 2013Comments Off on The Brains- Monster Within

Ladies and ghouls, are you ready for the new Brains album? You better be because here it is! Loud, fast and sweating blood from every pore these Montreal psychos are back with a vengeance. Among the songs that especially stand out to me are “Misery” which has nice and chunky rockabilly guitar riffs with the power of a lawnmower complete with a tighter than tight rhythm section composed of Pat Kadaver’s consistent drumbeats and Colin the Dead’s clacking stand up bass. And the icing on the cake is Rene De La Muerte’s haunting crooning and a chorus you’ll want to sing along to immediately. “The Damned” is amazing too with its musical changes throughout the song including parts where the guitar starts and stops in a brusque manner. As can be witnessed in this album, variety is definitely the spice of life. “Bleed” has some lovely upright bass work in its middle which shows off what the instrument can do with plenty of panache. “Electrik Shock” is insanely catchy and once again, you’ll find yourself tapping your toes and singing along even if you don’t know the lyrics yet. “Rest in Pieces” can only be described as epic psychobilly, images of classic horror movies like those pictured on the cover will flood your brain. “Cucaracha in Leather” is an amazingly well done instrumental interlude which to me is reminiscent of Rev. Horton Heat. You better believe that’s a compliment! “Devil in Disguise” and “Lies” will also have you shouting along with the chorus and shaking your culo if you happen to have a pulse.”Rolling Down” is love at first note, a song about the joys of the open road that instantly transmits that joy through music and lyrics. I must add though that I miss the songs in Spanish and French which also added something different to the mix. C’est la vie. But this is truly a solid work of horror punkabilly madness that is worth every cent in your moth bitten pocket. The blend of punk rock, rockabilly, surf, latin, and whatever the hell else they’re throwing in there is refreshing from the get go and will hold your attention till the last note is played. The absolutely gorgeous album artwork has to be commented on as well. It works perfectly with the music contained within the CD. Of course, you will always win me over with old school tattoo flash inspired art and a cover that looks like a classic horror flick poster complete with a tattooed babe in a red 50s style bathing suit. Perfect! Don’t wait another second and get yours today!

the brains- the monster within album cover

The Brains-The Monster Within

Thee Gravemen

Posted by Dee-Ann On March - 28 - 2013Comments Off on Thee Gravemen

thee gravemen

Thee Gravemen are two English guys, Lee Tea on guitar & vocals, and Daz Trash on Drums & Screams. Wild primitive sounds from the grave!

They have been playing all over Europe now for three years and are still going strong. Releasing the 3rd 7″ vinyl single this time on Heptown Records. The A side blasts out a real stomping and strolling rock ‘n’ roll song called “Rockin in the Graveyard” while the B side is a fabulous spooky version of the late 1959 classic “Tornado”.

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Jerms Warfare: Interview with Jeremie Fletcher!

Posted by Bunny On February - 24 - 2013Comments Off on Jerms Warfare: Interview with Jeremie Fletcher!

Jeremie Fletcher aka Jerms Warfare is talented rockabilly and punk guitarist.  Pulling double duty with Austin “Alternabilly” girl group Danger*Cakes and horror-punk outfit A Corpse Vanishes.   Take a moment or two to get to know her better right now!

 

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SWINGIN’ UTTERS

Posted by Dee-Ann On February - 22 - 2013Comments Off on SWINGIN’ UTTERS

swingingBack in business as well are the SWINGIN’ UTTERS from California/ USA. The west coast punkrock legend with frontman Johnny Bonnel are presenting their new record “Poorly Formed” which sounds quite grown-up, but then again, the band has been around forever.

After over 20 years as a band, including an eight year break from recording, the SWINGIN’ UTTERS return with their most polished record to date. SWINGIN’ UTTERS have become more of a punk institution than a band. As their style has shifted from classic punk to a more roots rock-oriented sound, their albums have felt increasingly like visits from old, dear friends, showing up every once in a while a little older and more comfortable with who they are, but at their core, they’re still the same bunch of guys you’ve known all along. This sentiment continues to ring true on their latest album,“Poorly Formed“. The album paints a picture of a band that’s older and wiser, delivering sage advice from the punk trenches to a younger generation that’s still trying to find their way in this world. It is the most mature-sounding record the band has released to date.

Forming in the late 80’s in California, SWINGIN’ UTTERS have been stalwarts of the punk scene and sound for many years. The SWINGIN’ UTTERS have been described as Street Punk/Folk/Oi/Hot-rod-cow-punk. With a little twang and a lot of attitude, this band has moved from sounding like they belong in the punk scene of the 1970s to a more contemporary and melodic outfit. Signing to Fat Wreck Chords in their early years, the band has been somewhat dormant for the last years. “Poorly Formed” will be co-released by People Like You Records in Europe.

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The Fiendish Curves of Amy Villainous!

Posted by Bunny On February - 20 - 2013Comments Off on The Fiendish Curves of Amy Villainous!

Amy Villainsous is a buxom slice of rock ‘n’ roll cheesecake!  A full-figured fox who knows how to flaunt it!  I was very happy that she took some time out to answer my questions and let ya’ll get to know her better!

 

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The Brains – Drunk not Dead

Posted by Rocky On October - 18 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Let me start by saying I knew the brains from their song “Screaming”. I loved the sound of the bass (of course), and the nice shot video clip( although the uncensored clip was a little dark!). You can call it a little darker side of psychobilly. The Brains are from Montreal, Canada. I got the package send to me, containing a CD and a nice poster. So I was pretty curious how this CD would sound. A summary of a few of the songs:

The intro, named Horseman, starts with rain and a drum solo. From there it immediately continues into the next song, four beast ride. Of course the song is talking about the four horseman of the apocalypse. The cd was off to a great start, I was curious for the rest.

“Take what I want” takes it a little less rough, it still sounds good! Proof that psychobilly doesn’t always have to be fast bass and lyrics you can’t hear. For the psycho’s that do love that in psychobilly, don’t worry, they are speeding up again with the next songs! “We are the Brains”, “Six Rounds, ”Oh Murder”, “Premonitions” and “High on Speed” definitely make your head bang, or wreck through the room! And I’m not even done with the track list. “Gato Calavera” and “Pourquoi Me Laisser” are in Spanish and French, I think, so I can’t really tell you much about those song, but they sound good, especially the last of the two. The cd ends with “I’m your nightmare” and “In League”. I must say I liked the guitar/bass combination in “I’m your nightmare”! And last, but not least, “In League”. A good end of a good CD!

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Demented Are Go – Welcome Back To Insanity Hall

Posted by Rocky On October - 16 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Demented Are Go, one of the first psychobilly bands, are back! Where you ask? Right back to Insanity Hall!

The Welsh psychobilly band, formed around 1982, are back in 2012 for their new album full with sick psychobilly and dirty rock and roll. When I was asked to review this album, I said that I already had it pre-ordered in march, so i already listened to it. Of course I ordered the vinyl, available in black, purple and nuclear green. Since its more their style i ordered the nuclear green one! And i also got a CD and a limited edition LP sleeve with the band on it! A short summary of some of the songs:

The intro takes you to insanity hall, and till the end your gonna stay there! Track 2, named the same as the album title, tells you your not getting out! A warm welcome to insanity hall.

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The Planet Shattering: Quakes interview

Posted by Anita On July - 4 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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If you claim to be a psychobilly fan The Quakes need no introduction. They’ve been around since the 80s, rockin’ both sides of the pond (U.S.A and Europe) with style and swagger. Their new album “Planet Obscure” just came out this year and you definitely need to check out, it features everything from good old psychobilly with a more rockabilly bent to it to an instrumental cover of a Xuxa song. Who’s Xuxa you ask? Read this interview and find out! See? You learn something new every day!

1. First of all, how has this year been so far for The Quakes?
It’s been okay, the album is doing well and I have had a lot of good comments about it.

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The Quakes- Planet Obscure

Posted by Anita On June - 15 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The brand spanking new Quakes album Planet Obscure gets started with a burst if energy. There’s the rockabilly twang guitar, an upright bass that clacks along and drums that provide a steady beat. There’s certainly a “pop” feel to some songs but still with that dark psychobilly edge that the band has had since its inception. It must be said the vocals sound different from those earlier albums. There’s more singing and not the more punk style of shouting the lyrics from before. This is to be expected from a band that’s been around as long as they have. The music definitely has to evolve even within genre constraints. Personally I prefer bands that release different sounding albums rather then rehashing the same thing over and over again which gets boring quick.
Some of the songs that I really enjoyed were “Walk Alone” which has a definite Western feel to it. The lyrics and music match so well. You can really feel the “lonely streets” Paul’s singing about.
“You’re a Joke” starts out like an 80s style pop song and turns into faster psychobilly beat only to slow down again. It’s interesting and addresses certain people and their judgmental attitudes.
“Anti-social Girl” I think this song was written about me! Hahaha! It really describes me to a T so how could I not like it? “She’s an anti-social girl
She lives in her own world
She won’t even give them the time of day”
And then there’s “Festa do Estica e Puxa” which is the icing on the cake! I love, love this instrumental song and could play it on repeat! Not only because it’s about Xuxa which was a children’s show from Brazil (shown all over Latin America) back in the 80s and early 90s. If you don’t know about Xuxa, you’re missing out amigo! Anyway, this song sounds like South America having a party which is basically all the time! The guitar drives the action froward, the drums provide a sharp, effective beat and there’s plenty of ska inspired bass rhythm. It’s fantastic! And there’s no need for more then the occasional “hey” being yelled out. This maybe the best tribute to Latin America by a gringo ever. And then things wind down nicely with “All About You” which also features a more ska/latin style of playing. This is good stuff especially with the hot summer months coming along. I say get it now, absolutamente.

The Quakes new album Planet Obscure

Ghosts of Texas

Posted by drew On June - 1 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Call ’em what you will.  “Cowpunk” or “alt-country.”   The most low-down,hoedown in Austin,Texas is clearly coming from the Ghosts of Texas.   Bringing a punk rock edge to traditional country ain’t easy, but the Ghosts make it look that way.

 

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Giuseppe Valentino is an Italian filmmaker working between Italy and Switzerland with a independent production company called Against The Static film. Last year I wrote and shot a music video for a band called Hillbilly Moon Explosion for a song they recorded with Mark “Sparky” Phillips, the singer of the psycobilly band Demented Are Go. The song and the video became hugely successful with more than 500.000 views on the net.
Now he’s working on a movie which is called: “The Bloodsong”

It is a film that blends documentary film making and fiction. Flashbacks of a band tour around Europe will be interconnected with scenes that take part in a desert where Sparky got lost with nothing in his pocket but a book, a biography of a punk idol named Kink Sam and a twenty dollar bill bloodstained marking a page. Sparky will play himself in this film that I like to think is an old school independent film in the tradition of John Cassavetes, essential low budget film making with strong themes of death, rage, loneliness and redemption with a strong and swinging rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack.

The Bloodsong will be financed with the savings of Against The Static Film and backers from Italy that will pay part of the pre-production. But, what they need, of course, is the money for the day by day expenses: travel, food and accommodations for the all crew that will work with no money at all.

Help Sparky get that movie going!

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DEMENTED ARE GO: Welcome Back To Insanity Hall

Posted by Dee-Ann On January - 18 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

DEMENTED ARE GO, one of Psychobilly`s leading and longest serving outfits, are set to give birth to a new studio album.

Almost seven years after the much acclaimed “Hellbilly Storm” (2005), on March 26th, 2012 the new DAG maniac “Welcome Back To Insanity Hall” will hit the shelf’s of your local record store! This album will turn heads! But not only in the Psychobilly scene, it will pocket every real Punkrocker, Shocker and all lovers of dirty Rock`N`Roll coming straight from a padded cell!

DEMENTED ARE GO will bridge your understandable desire for the new album with two flame new songs on a very wanted collector’s item (limited to 666 copies). The “Lucky Charm” 7″ single will be available in three different vinyl colors (white, yellow & red) from Monday, January 16th on! Grab it exclusively in the People Like You online store.

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Vote “Halloween Man” in Comic Monsters awards!

Posted by Bunny On December - 28 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Regular contributor to site site, Austin scene fixture, and all around nice guy Drew Edwards is up for an “Comic Monsters” award.  Or more directly, his comic “Halloween Man” is up for an award.  We’d like to ask you to take a moment to go and vote “Halloween Man” best web comic.  It’s easy to vote at this link!    Thanks all!

 

The Krankdaddies

Posted by christinadeath On December - 13 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

The Krankdaddies

The Krankdaddies are a a Chicago based band consisting of singer Chops McClintock: Big loud Guitars, straining vocals and throat clearing and Funbags Farrell who plays stand up slapping bass and lots of spectacular yelling and Magic Mark as Nuttsy who does drums and card tricks.

This band  plays several shows throughout the Chicago land area and the suburbs.

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The Brains- Drunk Not Dead

Posted by Anita On December - 7 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

This is it folks! It’s all here for your hearing pleasure, pounding drums, hooky guitar riffs, relentless rhythm from that upright bass…yes, it’s The Brains new album! It must be said that there are some insanely catchy songs on this one including “Take What I Want”, “Six Rounds” and “I’m Your Nightmare”.
They make the most effective use of a chorus that I’ve heard in awhile. I dare you to not sing along to these ditties! For that matter I’m willing to bet anything that you’ll get off your seat and start shaking your ass like its possessed by one of those ghosts they sing about. There’s also an interesting multi-lingual flavour to this album with a song in Spanish and in French. I can translate “Gato Calavera” into “Cat Skull” but you really don’t need to know that to enjoy the song!
And in case you haven’t heard apparently the video for “Take What I Want” was banned from Much Music (Canada’s so-called “music” channel) due to the depiction of violence against women. Funny, how they show videos of gangsta rappers every other hour showing far worse violence and misogyny. I love how they become the PC police when dealing with an obscure genre. Ahem, rant over. Anyway this latest outing by The Brains definitely shows how they’ve evolved as a band, keeping their unique sound but growing. This is what makes psychobilly great, it’s the best of both worlds. You can have your old school sounding crooning and slappin’ stand up bass along with the energy of some punk rock guitar riffs and the thudding heartbeat of the drums and add in any other musical influences you may have from metal to surf. Hell, I don’t care if it’s salsa or meringue! The more, the merrier! Definitely get “Drunk Not Dead” this holiday season for you and your loved and even not so loved ones.

The Brains are Drunk Not Dead

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