- "Under the Radar" 10.10.01
Over the past few years, Ive spent close to half my precious listenin time to home-stater WI demos and live documents. Makes sense, I guess theyre pals, I get to watch their progress closely over time, etc. A lot of these bands break up after a couple months, morph into new ventures or decide to stick with Green Bay area basements, so no one outside the state was really getting a chance to hear em.
After repeatedly watching bands like the Derks, Mistreaters and Mystery Girls lay waste to "known" International acts, however, I thought Id pitch in and put out a few records. Bands like the Kill-A-Watts, Mistreaters, Yesterdays Kids and Shutups started putting platters out on well-known indies and taking the show on the road. Fuck, it took a long damn time, and there were many unfortunate casualties along the way, but the trickle has commenced soon the floodgates.
Here are some of my recent faves:
Mistreaters "Personal Space Invader" 45
new Mistreaters release has displayed decidedly different production.
This time, theres a spotlight on the soul/groove aspect. The title
track battles with "Stranded" for the "best recorded
Mistreaters moment," "Little Sassy Francis" is a whip-smack
rocker, and the other two do everything but slouch. You like early Estrus
garage better n the more recent BIG ROCK action? Pick this un
Teenage Rejects "Dont Care About Anything" 45
they (were) really teenagers. Its a shame it took more n
a year after the break-up for anyone to give a shit, but at least Greg
knows a hot product when he hears it. The Rejects were a really
young band that blazed through non-stop 12 minute/10 song sets at a
jillion miles an hour. The slower (by comparison) tempos and clean production
on here really showcase their great hooks, but its still akin
to a greased ride to Hades. The kids dont (necessarily) suck.
Kill-A-Watts "Dig These Kids" 45
was a bit disappointed with their Rip Off debut, but man does this one
smoke! Very Japanese-sounding remixed shit from the same session that
produced the debut. This thingll probably cost you $2.50 a minute,
but its worth every nickel. "Snotty Bastard" is a speedy,
gal-sung blur that sounds a bit like the Jap-band Tonight, if that aint
too obscure a ref. "Dig These Kids" is simply amazing
it has that "X Factor" that separates the best Rip Off-styled
bands from the pretenders. Any fans of this genre need to beg, borrow,
And dont forget about semi-recents from the Strong Come Ons, Evolutions and Yesterdays Kids.
The Leghounds have that Devil Dogs sound DOWN, and theyre one of the tightest live bands youll ever see. Supposedly, their EP on Alien Snatch has turned into an album, and Rev Norb has signed them to a three-album deal on Bulge (he claims theyre "the best band in the world" after copious amounts of yellowy liquid have passed his lips), so 2002 will be just shitty with Leghounds tunage. About time, I say.
Sagger dumped lead singer Keith (who appears on the "920 Blues" track) for Skull Rider, and have a Big Neck EP on the horizon. Art-garage-noise, baby Ryan Kill-A-Watt on drums, SR screamin and Tony on axe piped through a bass & guitar amp.
Whens somebody gonna put out a Mystery Girls box set, for fucksakes?
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