Saturday, 23 July 2011 – The Inanimate Objects * Skeleton Dick * Shiny Darks

The Inanimate Objects – (Houston, TX ) The Inanimate Objects are a Houston, Texas based three-piece alternative music band, which has been cranking-out original compositions since the late 1970s, when the punk rock era was just beginning to surface. The band’s roots go back to 1978 in the Park Place region of southeast Houston, Texas, when original works were performed at parties with friends, using instruments such as a toy drum kit and a Silvertone guitar.
The band currently consists of the following, all of whom have been members since the band’s first public gig in 1980:

Ted Bare – lead guitar, rhythm guitar & vocals
Ron Obvious – drums
Ollie Stevans – bass guitar and vocals

During the early years, the band also included lead vocalist, Id Pleasure, who later resigned in 1987. Subsequently, Ollie and Ted have shared lead vocals about 50/50.

 

Skeleton Dick– (Houston, TX )

Bunny – Vocals and Backing Guitar
Nicky DaFish – Vocals and Backing Drums
JTan – Vocals and Backing Bass
Machine – Vocals and Backing Solos
Delron – Vocals

 

Shiny Darks – (Houston, TX )

It’s rock-n-roll with a kick to the face and a pat on the back. It’s true that “happy” and “positive” aren’t normally associated with aggressive music, but there’s more to The Shiny Darks than meets the eye. The thrillsome threesome from Houston, TX has managed to create a sound like no other- one that can start a pit and keep you smiling all at once. Epitomized in their newly released EP “Stab at Love”, The Shiny Darks’ transcend traditional punk, kick it up a notch, and slam it back down with some good ol’ rock-n-roll fun.

To create the magic, the Houston-based band took to the outskirts of the nation and found their resting place in Radiostar Studios (Weed, CA). It was there, through the eyes and ears of the great Sylvia Massy (Tool, Powerman 5000, Johnny Cash) and veteran studio/session musician turned producer Cameron McKenzie, “Stab at Love” came alive.

“Recording in Weed, CA with The Shiny Darks was definitely in my top five experiences of all time.” says Cameron. “Everyone there had nowhere to go but straight into rock history.”

“Recording The Shiny Darks could be the highlight of my career.” says Sylvia. “These guys live and breathe true rock-n-roll, dredged from the depths of dirty thoughts and high-school rejection. Bite marks bleed with the song ‘Stab’. Paul’s vocals and bass wrap around you like a warm strait-jacket. Gem’s drums drill into your temples like a lobotomy. Quenton’s guitars wake you up like a slap in the face. No kissy-kissy music here…”

“Stab at Love”, the first single off of the titular EP, explores loving and losing with the honesty of being freshly wounded. A heart that was, as the song pines, left “beating on the floor” now picked up and proudly displayed on the wounded’s sleeve.

“These songs are lyrically very personal to us. But everybody can relate. Love and loss in ‘Stab’ and ‘Photographs’, the desire for the ‘greener pasture’ and its ultimate disappointment in ‘Kennedy’, and surviving tough times in ‘Holiday’.” says Quenton Rockwell.

“Human nature is driven by two basic emotions: love and fear” says Paul Mendez. “These songs delve into the love side of things…mostly surviving the pain of it. We wrote about it and, to a degree, celebrate survival.”

Though “Stab at Love” boasts the flavors of rejection, pain, and agonizing heartache, the underlying theme which can all but be avoided is hope. The same could be said of each band member. Three very distinct personalities that are each tinged with optimism. “We want people to know that these times don’t last forever” says Gem Mendez (Paul’s baby sister). “There’s something else right around the corner. We wish for our music to touch those that have endured such pain and have fun with it, enough to take a peek at what good things are to come.”

Saturday, 16 July 2011 – Fired For Walking * Rainbow Dragon

Fired For Walking – (Houston, TX )

FIRED FOR WALKING is a heavy-pop/hard-indie/whatever-rock band from Houston, Texas. Formed in 2006, after a drunken challenge to start a band, DREW (bass), JOEL (guitar/vocals), MIKE (guitar/vocals) and RICK (drums) set about writing and fine-tuning a batch of songs that were based on the band’s number one rule; play whatever the hell you want. “I don’t care if someone brings in an idea for a neo-classical, deat…h-metal, rap song…, we should try and play it.” Joel says, adding, “If it sucks, we don’t play it in public.” With this musical philosophy intact, FIRED FOR WALKING unleashed its debut recording in Fall 2008. Released on the band’s own label, Four Letter Music, the self-titled, six song E.P. is a potent example of the band’s ability to maintain a variety of sounds, emotions and energy. It is loose, focused, bright, and dark; a little bit Foo Fighters, a little bit Queens of the Stone Age, with a touch of The Stooges… but the music is always on FFW’s terms. It’s rock and roll that knows what loud amps and good melodies are for.

Rainbow Dragon– (Austin, TX )

Born in a misty mountain top near a coal plant. Cracked open by a woman with big hair. Raised by a big guy in pelts. Reared on love, old TV reruns, big, sloppy dreams and beans. Thunder. Bzzca! This kind of magic, well, it’s special. Magic. Special magic with sprinkles and stuff. Magical stuff.

Friday, 15 July 2011 Horseshoe (Reunion Show)

Horseshoe – (Houston, TX )

An acid rock-loving quintet with a distinct country twang, Horseshoe rose from the debris of Tab Jones, a band that somehow fused rootsy authenticity with the twisted gospel of Pink Floyd’s crazed former leader, Syd Barrett. After that group sputtered in 1992, lead singer Greg Wood, drummer Eddie Hawkins, and guitarist Scott Daniels launched Horseshoe in 1994 with bassist Ben Collis and guitarist Cary Winscott. The burly son of a truck driver with a soft spot for Merle Haggard, Wood had been jotting down lyrics for years — and with input from Daniels and Hawkins, the tunes came pouring out faster than the band could learn them. By June 1995, Horseshoe was putting its ideas on tape with Hawkins, a competent engineer, behind the boards. But money problems ensured that it would be a while before the material could make it to CD. That partly explains the pieced-together feel of the band’s sprawling, fitfully brilliant 1996 debut, King of the World, which enjoyed national distribution on Houston’s Justice Records. A year after its release, Hawkins, Horseshoe’s steadying element, left the group to focus on family life. The band hung in there for a while with new drummer Michael Fischer, before hanging it up for good in 1999. After a harrowing series of personal setbacks and life-threatening medical woes, Wood re-emerged in 2002 with the solo album Ash Wednesday. ~ Hobart Rowland, All Music Guide

Thursday, 14 July 2011 – American Heist * Say Hello To Angels * Jukebox Romantics

American Heist – (Houston, TX )

Hailing from Houston, TX, The American Heist formed in early 2008. As a band they have played with the likes of AGAINST ME!, Mad Sin, The Hold Steady, $wingin Utter$, The Adolescents, Flatfoot 56, The Street Dogs, Fake Problems, The Koffin Kats and Reverend Horton Heat and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Heist recorded their first E.P. in April of 2009 in Austin, TX that was released through Cutthroat Records and a full length released August of 2010 through the same label. Vinyl & Digital Downloads on sale now!!!

 

Say Hello To The Angels – (Austin, TX )

“Angular, driven and beyond impressive, Say Hello To The Angels are rewriting the book on post-punk, and including chapters most have not yet even considered. ” – Loud Fast Rules! Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..”Armed with a blistering debut self-titled EP, the Angels’ momentum is certainly rocketing skyward, but strictly on their own terms.” – AMP Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..

 

Jukebox Romantics – (New York)

“The Jukebox Romantics are 5 certifiable and usually belligerent punk rockers from southern NY. Since releasing their debut album on Altercation Records in 2009, the Jukebox Romantics have taken their talked-about live show from coast to coast including dates during Austins SXSW 2010/2011 festivals and the Warped Tour and Gainesville’s The Fest 9 in late 2010. With a genre hopping approach to their sound, the Jukebox Romantics channel their influences of bands like The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and One Man Army through personal song writing and their ability and eagerness to be absorbed by their audiences. The Jukebox Romantics are gearing up for a busy busy 2011. With their 2nd full length, “A Lion And A Guy” being released on May 3rd, the JBR dudes plan on touring the US for most of the summer! Come drink and dance with them in your city!!”

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – Day Sailor * Maren Parusel * Jealous Creatures

Day Sailor – (Houston, TX)

michael and amanda became friends because they both have crazy last names, a love of donuts, and a dream to make music. we started writing together in early 2010 and finished a few tracks in February 2011.

 

 

Maren Parusel – (San Diego, CA)

Maren Parusel is now releasing her first full length record on Requiemme Records.

13 new songs crafted from her life growing up in Germany and contrasted with her experiences over the past five years in sunny California. And for someone who writes beat-driven melodic pop songs it may be a bit ironic that she sought out Paul Jenkins from Black Heart Procession to produce. He’s a man known for heart wrenching dark timeless epics, but he found the emotion in Maren’s songs and the two contrasted perspectives combined for a recording with songs that are yes, melodic and catchy, but poetic at the same time.

Parusel and her band; Kyle McGee (bass) and Eric Brozgold (drums) live to play music. Together just over a year, they are building a fan base one at a time as they did on a recent three week tour to the Northwest., two trips to SXSW and another tour coming up in December.

Most recently the band was nominated and performed two songs at the San Diego Music Awards. Maren Parusel at the SDMA 2010

Having left her small home town of Tubingen, Germany just a few years ago for film School in Los Angeles, it has been an enlightening, whirlwind, and sometimes chaotic road as she and her music have evolved from punk rock in an all-girls Zeros cover band to the melodic, layered and heartfelt music she plays in her own band now.

Just off the plane in Los Angeles a few years ago, she was invited to stay at the home of Rolan Bolan (Son of T-Rex Marc Bolan) where given free reign in the studio she rediscovered her love of music. Classically trained on piano, she quickly picked up the guitar and a couple of years later after settling in San Diego she formed a Zeros tribute band Wild Weekend. That band garnered much attention through March 2009, but shortly after Maren decided to form another band to better express the music she had felt closer to and had been writing for the past few years.

Looks like that was the right decision as her new music caught the attention of mega producer Linda Perry who let her record in her Burbank studio and caught her show at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. While on tour in the opening act for a few short dates, Maren Parusel also caught the attention of The Killers and their violin player recorded on her five song demo. She also turned the heads of some music giants while playing at Alejandro Escovedo’s day party at SXSW 2010 and after her showcase was asked by the infamous Runaways Manager Kim Fowley to audition for him and several industry reps.

All of these experiences have made the band dedicated and more determined. There’s something passionate about a band that will not listen and doesn’t seem to care about the endless pitfalls and broken hearts waiting out there in the industry and on the road, as they leave armed with a handful of gigs, some vinyl, CD’s and a well rehearsed set bent on winning over the world.

Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )

Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.

Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.

Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.

The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.

Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.

Saturday, 09 July 2011 – Hot Punk City presents: No Love Loss * Here Holy Spain * Mydolls * Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles

No Love Loss – (sorry, no info on-line)

 

Here Holy Spain– (Dallas, TX )

Members: Wes Todd, Erica Guagliardi, Scott Brayfield

Here Holy Spain is a punk influenced aggressive rock trio from Dallas, TX. Spawned from a shared appreciation of loud music, the DIY scene and cold beer. Debut album “Manic” is now available through Idol Records, with exclusive cover art by James O’Barr, artist/creator of The Crow.

Holiday single “God-Damn This Christmas” featuring guest performers from The Toadies, Smile Smile and Young & Brave is also now available – again with incredible, exclusive cover art from James O’Barr.

Album Review – Division
Blistering, driving and tearing from one song to the next, Here Holy Spain show no signs of slowing down on Division, the bands sophomore release on Idol Records. And while some bands would cringe at a review that used the words “loose,” “menacing” and “gritty” to describe their music, that’s exactly what Here Holy Spain are aiming for. … other words come to mind – words like “huge,” “thrashing” and “explosive.” … nowhere on this record is there a lack of energy. On Division, Here Holy Spain prove that they know exactly what they want. ~Daniel Hopkins, DALLAS OBSERVER

Mydolls – (Houston, TX )

Mydolls began in 1978 in Houston, Texas with Dianna Ray and Trish Herrera writing songs together. Later Dianna and Trish were joined by Linda Bond/Younger and the three went in search of a drummer. After several attempts of working with drummers, Trish’s cousin, George Reyes joined the band and the sound took off with his powerful connection to Dianna’s bass playing. This gave Trish and Linda a lot of room to play with th…eir guitars in a very unconventional way. Linda would sometimes play the top three strings, while Trish played the bottom three, or vice versa giving the sound a somewhat textural body. The vocals were mainly shared by Trish and Linda with Dianna adding some chanting and George singing while playing drums on a few songs.

Mydolls traveled to London, England after the release of their first 45 and were warmly greeted by Mayo Thompson of the Red Crayola and Rough Trade fame. They were also invited to be on the BBC Radio and be interviewed by John Peel. Mydolls did three major US tours in addition to playing around Texas and Louisiana, which took them though the Midwest to college towns and small alternative venues then all the way to New York City to play the NY Film Festival premiere of Wim Wenders movie, Paris, Texas. Mydolls appear in the movie in the bar scene where Nastaja Kinski reconnects with Harry Dean Stanton. Later, Paris,Texas would win the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Dianna’s life partner, Kathy Johnston who played guitar in WWI (Women with Instruments), Black Dresses and They Should Have Been Blondes, guitar, now joins in Mydolls shows now along with Ralph Kaethner on sax.

In 2005, Mydolls complete works on CD on the Grand Theft Audio was released. This CD A World of Her Own includes 2 CDs, a 24 page booklet of their song lyrics, plus photos and flyers.

Audiography: Nova Grows Up / Therapist CIA Records 45 rpm, Exorcist/ Imposter CIA Records 45 rpm, Soldiers of Pure War on Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death compilation, Savage Song on Sub Pop 7 compilation, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick on CIA Records 45 LP, A World of Her Own on Grand Theft Audio CD.

Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles – (Houston, TX )

Members

April Brem Patrick – Vocals
Matthew Hall – Guitar
Tess Siegel – Guitar / Vocals
Captain Boner (aka Niki from Something Fierce) – Drums
Anna Garza – Bass / Vocals

About
Boy. Beers. Burgers.

Description
What they don’t know about us is that the homecoming queen’s got a gun.

 

Friday, 08 July 2011 – Hot Punk City presents Kimonos * Jealous Creatures * Biscuit Bombs * Zipperneck

Kimonos– (Houston, TX )

The Kimonos are currently recording a new album. The Kimonos are also rewriting their “band bio”.

The Kimonos have been described as “not as good as Whirlwind Heat”. The Kimonos have no idea who that is but are flattered nonetheless.

 

 

 

Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )

Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.

Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.

Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.

The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.

Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.

Biscuit Bombs – (Austin/Houston, TX )

In 2004 Randy “Biscuits” Turner of the Big Boys put together the Texas Biscuit Bombs with Maximum Rock’n’Roll and Left Of The Dial writer David Ensminger. Their set list included many Texas punk classics (Really Red’s “Teaching You the Fear”, The Dicks “Hate the Police”, and of course many Big Boys numbers), as well as not-so-punk classics (ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Spencer Davis Group).

 

 

 

 

Zipperneck – (Houston, TX )

A train wreck between the Clash and Loretta Lynn
Mel Hell-Bass & Vox
Jd=Guitars & Screams
101101= drums