Goner is kicking 2013 off with some bangin’ releases from Memphis bands TSOT, Toxie, Manateees, and Sector Zero! We’ve posted each 7″s A-side for your listening pleasure!
Zac Ives & Eric Friedl playing guitar, Jay Reatard bashing drums. Recorded by Jay at his house. No overdubs. Bass Balls pedal. “Guitar Attack” and “Hiding In My Car” representing all that’s great about simple, stupid music. Veterans of SF’s Budget Rock and Memphis’ Gonerfest festivals, one appearance resulting with Eric being driven home by the police. Hooray!
Whaaaaaa? There’s a lot going on here. I don’t know what kind of beef these guys have with Dionne Warwick – but it sounds serious. Are they anti-black or anti-white? Or just anti-astrologer? Either way they are destroying people’s ears and dreams. This is the soundtrack to a failed alien abduction. Bonus points for dumber-than-Hawkwind take on the Equals on the flip. Eddy Grant’s flying the spaceship. Party.
Toxie. New band. Funny name. Those that don’t know better might lump them into a retro post-punk or C86 thing – but there’s more going on. This Memphis foursome is banging out a well-crafted racket all their own. Alex Burden’s Nico-esque vocals ooze all over shimmery guitars from Madison Farmer (Coasting) and buzzy keyboard hooks from Magic Kids mastermind Will McEllroy. Ben Bauermeister’s rat-a-tat keeps it all on track. Who knew you could have this many parts in a pop song? We didn’t. But we’re liking it.
Abe White (Oscars, True Sons Of Thunder) charges out from behind the drum set to front MANATEEES, raw and nasty music full of the raw nastiness of the world. Backed by Charms and Keith on drums and bass, respectively, Mr. White delivers the unfortunate news that the apocalypse occurred quite a while ago and the world ain’t getting any better.
What’s the secret password? LET ME OUT OF THIS PLACE!
Manateees & Toxie singles should be here by the end of the week; TSOT & Sector Zero will be here next week! Order em direct @ goner-records.com