One such band that I would like to put the spotlight on is this incredible four-piece from Nashville called Heavy Cream. They’re signed to Jeff the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings and have released a few 7″s, a split with RTX, and a full-length titled Danny.
There’s a lot of bands out there playing their hearts out right now, and this is definitely one of them. You’ve got Mimi slaying on guitar, Seth killing it on bass, Tiffany banging it out on drums, and Jessica kicking out the motherfucking jams on vocals. It’s like the Ramones fucked MC5 in the back alley of the venue they recorded their first record at. Posted a couple of my favorite tracks below.
Fucking wig out to this shit!
Heavy Cream – Summer Bummer
Heavy Cream – Deadbeat
Can’t wait to see these girls (and guy) tear my face off at Galax Z Fair. I don’t know if the event itself has announced them yet, so consider this a ‘leak’ of sorts.
A few weeks ago, garage punk outfit NOBUNNY ventured down to McAllen to absolutely tear Simon Sez apart. It truly was a night to remember for all parties involved that could still recollect the night before the following morning. As luck would have it, prior to their performance, my good friend Natalia was able to interview the band’s frontman and namesake, NOBUNNY. This will be her first contribution to The Photon God. We are excited to present to you her interview with NOBUNNY below.
I, Natalia Rocafuerte, did not know what NOBUNNY looked like. :( I walked up to who I thought NOBUNNY was, and asked him if I could “interview NOBUNNY” or if he could point me to someone I could talk to. I’m sure he picked up on me not knowing what NOBUNNY really looked like and after a few “I don’t know”s, I said “thank you” and walked away. Only to find the “I don’t know” guy coming after me and saying “I’m sorry, I’m messing with you. Okay, I’ll do the interview. I’m ‘NOBUNNY’.” After misleading me and confirming his identity, I attempted to interview him, only the interview kept getting delayed; he needed a lighter, a car alarm went off, and people kept passing by. So, we moved toward the parking lot, away from the dark alley. There, smoking a cigarrete with NOBUNNY, I began the interview.
Natalia: When is your birthday?
NOBUNNY: NOBUNNY was born, uh it was…it was Easter 2001, in the desert of—45 minutes outside of Tucson, Arizona.
Natalia: What’s your favorite Elvis song?
NOBUNNY: Oh boy…off the top of my head, “Teddy Bear”, but I reserve the right to change that answer later.
Natalia: Why “Teddy Bear”?
NOBUNNY: ‘Cause I like sweet and salty snacks. But I reserve the right to change that answer later maybe, but for now, “Teddy Bear”.
Natalia: How do you choose your album artwork?
NOBUNNY: The first one just kinda happened, I suppose. Raw Romance was found off a fireworks package, the artwork for that. Then it was altered by the guys in Burger Records then, First Blood, my friend Shannon had painted a portrait of NOBUNNY and I really liked it and decided it was going to be a poster for the second, like, tape I guess but I liked it so much I decided to save it for an album cover.
Natalia: What’s your favorite home-cooked meal and can you cook it?
NOBUNNY: Hmm, my favorite home-cooked meal. Ahh, I like grilled cheese a lot and yes I make a pretty tip-top, greasy grilled cheese if I do say so myself. (laughs)
Natalia: Any mustard or mayonnaise?
NOBUNNY: I love mustard, I’m a mustard fanatic. It’s the only thing I’ll spend money on sort of. I have a lot—well when I had a refrigerator. I don’t have a refrigerator right now—but when I had one I had a lot of different mustards in there.
Natalia: Thumper, Roger Rabbit, Bugs Bunny or female Bugs Bunny (Lola Bunny), which one would you dress up as or be?
NOBUNNY: Wahhhhh…hmm once again these are good questions. I’ll go with the lady Bugs for now just cause why not? I like…I like Bugs a lot but lady Bugs is cute. You know? So…I wanna be cute.
Natalia: Who’s your favorite Ramone or which one do you like the best?
NOBUNNY: Hmm, I use to always say Dee Dee but my official new answer is Joey. Just cause he was uh, the messiest. And he’s messy like me. I’m a mess. (laughs)
Natalia: What are your beauty secrets on tour and off tour?
NOBUNNY: Just water. Nothing but water all the time. And not too much sun. Try not to get too much sun.
Natalia: What do you pick as your pizza toppings?
NOBUNNY: I like pepperoni…kinda keep it simple you know? [I’m a] pepperoni kinda gal-guy.
Natalia: Three things everyone should know about NOBUNNY but don’t.
NOBUNNY: Hmmm…nothing, everything, and something.
Natalia: What do you do before you perform? Do you request French Onion soup, smoke a cigarette outside or get to know the place? Is there any routine you have?
NOBUNNY: Honestly no, not so much. Not reaaaally. A lot of water is good. Stay hydrated. I’m trying to think, honestly, if there’s any answer. I don’t think so. Uh, just kinda go with the flow. [I’m a] take it one day at a time kinda bunny, you know? No ritual, just keep it loose, keep it loose.
Natalia: When you perform, you’re famous for taking off your clothes. Why don’t you just take off all your clothes?
NOBUNNY: Um, I don’t know. I don’t have many clothes so I guess I just get hot up there when I’m—you know, it starts getting sweaty, rock n roll. [I’ve gotta] keep going without overheating.
Natalia: Tell us about your tattoos. How many do you have and which means the most to you?
NOBUNNY: I…I don’t know how many I have. Not that many. Probably ten. And uh, which one do I like…I don’t like any of them. I got them all when I was really young and I kinda regret all of them. But not big regrets, just little regrets. I would’ve changed it if I could, I don’t know. I do have a Nazi nurse from Mars on my leg, though, that I’m kinda fond of, I suppose. That one’s alright.
Natalia: What turns you on/off?
NOBUNNY: How long we got here? (laughs) Um…………next question.
Natalia: It could be music…It doesn’t have to be…anything really…
NOBUNNY: Right. I like sweet stuff and puppies and kittens and fuzzy…fuzzy rusty things. And turn offs…I don’t like littering.
Natalia: What advice do you live your life by?
NOBUNNY: Besides the whole Carpe Diem thing…one step ahead from the law. And umm….stay high or die tryin’.
Natalia: Truth or dare?
Natalia: Can I dare you to kiss someone in the audience? Or should I dare you to try something you haven’t done before?
NOBUNNY: I want the world, I know that. If you can dare me to take over the world right now I would accept that Pepsi challenge. I might fail, but I’ve failed before, you know? [I’ll] just get back up and dust myself off. So yeah, I guess that’s the truth on that dare.
Natalia: Can we be friends?
NOBUNNY: Surely, why the hell not?
“I never saw anyone play like that before. It was like they were trying to break themselves into pieces with the music.”
– Henry Rollins on the first time he saw Black Flag (Get In The Van, 1995)
I’ll go ahead and cast the first stone. I’m not the most consistent music blogger in the world. In fact, I’m quite lazy. I find that Tumblr is more of an immediately rewarding way to spend my time compared to taking the time to write a blog post about a band. However, deep in my cold, blogger’s heart there remains a single fiber of intrigue that pulsates with purpose and vigor when I hear a new band that actually makes me straighten out my posture and wipe the crust from my eyes while dusting off and popping my 10 fingers which, to my surprise, are still in good working order. Bands like these remind me of the very purpose of this blog; to spread the word of good music to others who might have not already heard it. This is a rare experience, so when a band gets me out of my grey shell, you as the reader would be wise to take note.
The band in question is called iceage. They are a four-piece from Copenhagen, Denmark that play an incredible, abrasive form of punk the likes of which I haven’t heard from a new band in a long time. Just listen to the track I’ve posted below, “New Brigade”, and you will get a pretty solid idea of the band’s raw energy that does not let up for one second throughout their debut album of the same name.
I’ve been listening to Henry Rollins’ audiobook, Get In The Van, for the past few nights. For those of you who have not had the chance to hear it or read the actual text, it’s a chronicle of his years in Black Flag from start to finish. Somewhere in the second minute, he talks about the first time he ever saw the band as a fan. I feel that the same words he used can be applied to iceage. I hope I will be able to see them when they come to Austin next Saturday.
New Brigade is out now on Escho. Pick it up.
I love learning about the origins of things. Predecessors are where it’s at for me. So, I recently learned that my neck of the woods, the Rio Grande Valley, was touched upon by the British Invasion of rock and roll in the 60s. Of course, it’s not completely unheard of, it’s a really surprising and comforting thing to learn. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley with a strong interest in music. I picked up a guitar just like many others in this area and one way or another, we were all inspired to play music somehow, so we do. We like it. We have fun. It’s incredibly comforting to learn that 40 years ago, the same thing happened the same way to people just like us. There was a music scene then as there is now, and there were bands then as there are now. They had some pretty great names, too: Thee Kavaliers, The Headstones, The Playboys of Edinburg, and The Souls.
That last band released a 7″ single for a track called “Diamonds, Rats and Gum” on a local label at the time called Pharaoh Records. Listen to that track below.
Christopher and the Souls – Diamonds, Rats, and Gum
Within the week, I will be posting a new blog mixtape. I’ve poured a little of myself into the mold for this one, so I think it’s pretty special. However, it occurred to me that there is a slight chance that you won’t be familiar with some of the artists on it. These bands might be relatively more obscure to the average blog-reader, so I’ve decided to write about a few of my favorites to save you some of the clickwork. If you’ve heard of these bands, great; we’re probably already friends. If you haven’t, you’re in for quite the treat. And we should probably be friends.
This band hails from Nashville, Tennessee and sounds like the orphaned street urchin of a kid of the Dinosaur Jr. and the Ramones upon first listen. Their songs range from slow and pensive pop to outright punk jams. A sampling of the latter will be on the mix, so I’m posting one of their more delicate tunes below. Math enthusiasts might get a kick out of the name. It’s called “Co Sine Tan Gent”. (heh)
Big Surr – Co Sine Tan Gent
The band put out their first EP for free on their blogspot. Both are linked below. It’s a solid six-song release.
DEVO (get well soon, Bob)
Dum Dum Girls (RIP Mrs. Gundred)
In their place, the following bands have been added to the bill:
This is kind of huge. This is going to be the band’s only US date this year. Probably ever. I can’t say for sure. However, you should probably buy your tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest now. I can assure you that with this little piece of news being put out to the world, they’re going to start disappearing fast.
(From L-R: Davíd, Violeta, Joaquín, Rafael)
I kind of feel like this post should be written in Spanish for some reason. The four people you see sitting on a couch above are a punk band from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México called Ratas Del Vaticano. This past weekend they played a house in McAllen, Texas and I haven’t the faintest idea how they did because I missed the performance. However, I’ve been listening to their album, Mocosos Pateticos, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting to the party earlier to see them.
The band recently released their second album, Tiempos de Austeridad, on CAPTCHA Records.
Ratas Del Vaticano – Puneta Con Frenesi
(Mocosos Pateticos, Siltbreeze 2009)