The Ganaschz

January 30, 2012

More garage duo action is served up by Australian outfit The Ganaschz on their self-titled EP released in the summer of 2011. Primitive no-filler punk in the same vein as Red Aunts, the band has a great femme screecher delivering the vocals that really makes ’em stand out. Add a production that’s noisy without ever resorting to being lo-fi, punchy delivery and a general sense of fun bringing to mind early The Donnas and you got yourself a winner!

Four songs in total of noisy swamp blues-influenced garage punk with a nice quality recording made to be cranked up loud. On the final track they even manage to get a slight bit of AC/DC thing going! Three EP’s so far, check ’em out!

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Bandcamp: http://theganaschz.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/TheGanaschz

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Burger Records Sampler

January 5, 2012

If you’re looking for a contemporary garage rock fix or maybe just curious about the label, US label Burger Records recently released their Burger Records Sampler on Bandcamp. Unfortunately not available as a download, you still get 35 tracks ranging from noisy lo-fi punk to sweet Beatles-esque pop sounds with artists and bands including everybody from Devon Williams and Ty Segall to Nobunny and Personal and The Pizzas.

Starting out as a record store in Fullerton California, the label is making waves in the underground community with a great stable of artists and releasing albums on cool formats like limited-edition cassettes. This release is bound to have something for every garage fan out there so check it out.

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Bandcamp: http://burgerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/burger-records-sampler
Website: http://www.burgerrecords.org/

For those wanting a bit garagey flavor to their roots rock, Canadian artist Buddy McNeil and his Magic Mirrors got two albums, one EP and one digital track’s worth available on their Bandcamp. Their recent full length Introducing Once Again… takes classic Americana roots, injects it with some healthy late sixties/early seventies Rolling Stones and adds a (at times) very Hives-sounding vocals on the thirteen tracks offered.

At times a bit too clean-sounding for my tastes, the band still has a firm grip on classic American rock with some smooth ballads, nice rave-ups and a couple more country-flavored tracks thrown in for variety. Buddy himself has a nice screaming style to his vocal delivery and their fluid material is sure to have something for everyone.

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Bandcamp: http://buddymcneilandthemagicmirrors.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

High Pop

December 18, 2011

Well, here’s a charming oddity for you! US outfit High Pop‘s second EP Hippie Speed Ball offers up something he/they (?) call “Charlie Sheen Lo-Fi Garage Pop” (that’s a first huh?). We’re talking a somewhat noisy lo-fi hybrid of garage and pop with some weirdness thrown in every now and then for good measure. If you can imagine Beck meets the early tapes of Jay Reatard you’re halfway there.

Definitely not everybodys cup of tea, but I found it at least funny and interesting. Not too much information available about the band or release I’m afraid, but you can contact Shaun directly on Facebook. The release is available on cassette as well!

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Bandcamp: http://highpopforever.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://highpopforever.tumblr.com/

Australian septet (!!!) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard offers up the same kind of fuzzed-out, noisy garage mayhem like Mick Collins‘ various outfits and especially Texas garagers The Fireworks did 10+ years ago. There’s reverb a-plenty, tons of fuzz and distortion on pretty much everything from the drums up to vocals, guitars and the occasional harmonica, and their debut Willoughby’s Beach EP stays pretty faithful to the niche their predecessors carved out.

Ten noisy tracks with some nice roots and the occasional surprise when it comes to background vocals. There’s a limited edition available on 10″ vinyl. Fans of the 1990’s Crypt Records garage wave should take notice!

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Bandcamp
: http://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com/album/willoughbys-beach-ep
Website: http://facebook.com/kinggizzardandthelizardwizard

Le Butcherettes

December 14, 2011

Mexican (?) garage new-wave trio Le Butcherettes might not need the exposure (they’re already receiving write-ups and coverage in LA Times, recently Henry Rollins himself raved about them, touring Australia right now opening for Omar Rodriguez Lopez Trio, and they recently earned a slot opening for Iggy & The Stooges!), but I instantly fell in love with their sound and music the very minute I heard it. A nice blend of garage and new wave delivering some great pop hooks without sounding blatantly commercial.

Vocalist Teri Gender Bender has got a great voice, sometimes bringing PJ Harvey to mind and they offered up so many good, varied tracks on their first album Sin Sin Sin, it was damn hard to choose just one, so do yourself a favor and make sure to check out all of them!

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Bandcamp: http://lebutcherettes.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://lebutcherettes.net/