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

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 25 - 2015

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

https://youtu.be/j81M9WhPx_s

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Bat City Surfers Interview

Posted by drew On February - 27 - 2015

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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THE CREEPSHOW

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 2 - 2013

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 - 2013

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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Thee Gravemen

Posted by Dee-Ann On March - 28 - 2013

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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 - 2013

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 - 2013

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 Brains – Drunk not Dead

Posted by Rocky On October - 18 - 2012

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 - 2012

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 - 2012

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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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Ghosts of Texas

Posted by drew On June - 1 - 2012

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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The Krankdaddies

Posted by christinadeath On December - 13 - 2011

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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Becca Blood!

Posted by Bunny On December - 2 - 2011
A Texas cutie that wears many hats and packs a lot of different skills! Find out why Becca Blood is much more than a pretty face!

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Jamie Bahr on Danger*Cakes Year Two!

Posted by Bunny On November - 18 - 2011

On Halloween of 2010, a new band emerged on the Austin scene.  Fusing elements of  psychobilly, doo-wop, big band swing, and classic soul the band quickly became a fixture in the Austin rockabilly scene.  The all-female group ended their  first year with a bang, joining the likes of Mad Sin and Devil Doll at the 2nd annual Freakshow Festival.   Now, with October behind us, I thought I’d play some catch with Danger*Cake’s buxom frontwoman Jamie Bahr.

 

Freakshow Festival:2011 Review!

Posted by Bunny On October - 19 - 2011
Hitting the right notes on a second year festival is tough.  With “Freakshow”  the first year was an extremely tough act to follow.  With both huge names on the bill and a large set-up that seemed to engulf down town Austin.  The somewhat more subdued “Freakshow” of year two, seemed to be setting itsself up for a fall.  And  when,I rolled into the make-shift fair grounds it seemed my fears were going to be confirmed.

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13 Black Coffins–Where the Dead Girls Go!

Posted by drew On June - 14 - 2011

Psychobilly is one of those been there, done that kind of genres.  Jaded fans start to feel like they’ve seen it all.  How does Houston’s 13 Black Coffins respond? By amping up the intensity. Already known as a ferocious live band, their new CD proves they can translate that rockabilly thunder into other mediums with ease.

Their sound is heavier than other bands in their genre. Not a jazzy kind of heavy, not even a metal kind of heavy.  I’m talking crazy, Iron Butterfly, psychedelic kind of heavy.  The sort of heavy that leaves you a little numb, but in a good way.  Front woman Melane Torres has an authoritative growl than brings to mind Tina Turner.  Throw in some surprisingly funky slap bass and you’ve got a pretty tasty stew.

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Calabrese (concert review)

Posted by Christina On May - 26 - 2011

PHOTOS BY ERIK BJORKLUND, CHRISTINA DEATH AND CALABRESE

On Friday May 20th, 2011,  Calabrese flew from their  black leather bat wings and landed at Reggies Rock Room, playing for us. Collars were up, fangs were out and they were  out of their coffins and ready to rock. 

Needless to say it was quite a memorable and most enchanting show  I have ever experienced . Other bands joined them and played on the bill, here was the roster, Nothing to Gain, The Ugly, The Gravetones and The Krank Daddies all great bands with horror in the mix. This was a night of  Horror Rockabilly/ Psychobilly and  what  made this show  amazing was the fact that each band complimented each other and really lead us to the main event.

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“Deadtown” –Self Titled

Posted by drew On May - 17 - 2011

“Deadtown” is one of the cornerstones of Austin’s growing post-psychobilly/metropabilly scene.  A small number of bands who believe that tradition and evolution need not contradict each other.  They’re also the first of the fore mentioned bands to get a CD out.   It’s only six songs long, but it still manages to be a solid kick in pants, aimed squarely at critics of the Austin scene.


The band’s sound leans heavily on the “billy” side of things, drawing  on both blues and bluegrass traditions.  They have just enough “rock” in them to be incredibly danceable.  Genre lines are blurred across the thumping bass provided by slapper Joe Deuce,  perfectly matching singer Julian Dossett’s “hobo growl.”  But not simply willing to recreate a by gone era, the sound offered up here is dare I say it…progressive?

Spooky,dusty, and playing off the darkness in the human soul. They manage to evoke the psychobilly genre without ever mentioning vampires or zombies. The natural creepiness of the rural south is coming through in these tunes.   One could easily imagine Leatherface’s cannibal clan doing a hillbilly jig to Deadtown’s sound.  It’s like someone stuck Social Distortion, Gene Vincent, Ralph Stanley,  and Tom Waits into a blender and plopped out their misshapen, rail riding, offspring.  If you’re not lucky enough to see Deadtown burning up the stage in Austin, this CD is the next best thing.  Pick it up as soon as you can.

Batmobile updates with Johnny Zuidhof

Posted by Dee-Ann On March - 31 - 2011

After talking to Eric Hammer of Batmobile and having a conversation about his guitar collection, which was a surprise for me as I know Eric as a bassplayer, I was curious about Johnny, the drummer of Batmobile. Did he have some surprises for us in store too?  

Photo by Dee Ann

Johnny, I talked with Eric about his guitar collection.

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Mojokings

Posted by Dee-Ann On February - 10 - 2011

Mojokings is a band out of the East Anglia region of the UK. They released their first studio album, ‘Got The Devil In Me’, in 2008 on UK independent label, Pink’n’Black Records. The album gained great popularity in the UK’s rockabilly scene and also found success in Europe and Japan, as well as sales in Australia and the USA. The band was getting a great reputation for themselves as a live act and things were looking good for the band, even getting nominated for a 2008 indie award for best live act! Mojokings stormed the stage at the UK’s Bedlam Breakout Psychobilly festival.
Paul Scoulding is the singer/ songwriter and founder of the band and we got the chance to talk about the band, even though he has a very busy schedule.

When was the band founded and by whom?

The band was founded by me around 2007. We had been gigging around as The Fat Cat Trio for a couple of years before that. We changed the name and started taking it more serious.

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