So, Black Sabbath has a new album, but you probably already know about that and already formed an opinion. Cool. Have you heard of Purple Suns? This south Jersey quartet reeks of an obvious sabbath influence but remain a tad more raw and raunchy, especially compared to that new album. Take a dab of well executed songwriting and blend it with an unhealthy amount of riffing and you get their new EP, “Yours,” which may leave you sick at the end of the first listen, but will drag you back in for another round…and then another….and…you get it…Self-destruction is fun. The four song follow up to their four song debut snagged me hard as soon as the 2nd track (Villain) got slow, low ‘n bluesy….and just when I thought things almost got out of hand and got almost too loud, things got more outta control and even louder by the 3rd tune- which not-so-gracefully reminds us that “Apocalyptic times are coming to our lives,” and that this filthy four intends to maraud our ears while we incessantly return for more. I can’t wait to see what these guys have in store for us with their upcoming split with Avoider. Bandcamp seems to be having issues with linking their players on wordpress, so just follow this link to hear this album: http://purplesuns.bandcamp.com/
Remember when Run DMC and Aerosmith made that video of both groups practicing separately and then collaborating? Yeah. That was only kinda cool…kinda…the new Only Living Boy EP…way fucking cooler. Let’s go back to that rehearsal studio, only this time, replace Run DMC with The Toadies and Aerosmith with Black Sabbath. Sit back and watch them give elegant birth to Hackettstown NJ’s, Only Living Boy. The boy is heavy…no, actually he’s overweight. He gets that from Sabbath. He’s also a little off and walks kinda crooked but he still maintains a strong sense of groove. He gets that from The Toadies. He possesses a garage-y snarl and grit and we’re not sure how long it takes him to process his thoughts into speech, but he somehow organizes his words into sweet, sweet melodies. We’re not quite sure where he get that, but that’s what makes this Cool Collected Headcase so special…
Pardon my language, but I’m on my first listen of the Mister Snake tape and it seriously rules. It far surpasses any previous release by the band and we’re thrilled to be part of it. Be sure to get on this when it’s out: 100 copies of the 8 song tape will be pressed each with a digital download included, so you can travel with it…conveniently. FFO Black Sabbath, The Jesus Lizard, Flipper, Sleep and Dinosaur Jr. “Like” them on facebook HERE. In other news, Melissa & Paul made a facebook page, you can check that out HERE. Test presses for their double 7″ should be in this week, with them a song from each EP will be posted online for your listening pleasure. Also, we’re working on setting up some pretty sweet shows at Eyeconik Records and the Stanhope House. Keep checking back for updates on those.
Bleach-era Nirvana in a review of their upcoming self-titled release! From Hazer Says: “Besides having a great name, Mister Snake brings heavy rock mixed with bits of psych. This Jersey Shore band is composed of duel basses and drums that give it a very bottom heavy, neurotic sound…” Check out the full review HERE. Keep checking back for more on Mister Snake and their upcoming tape release!
Just got the unmixed sessions from the Mister Snake tape sessions and boy do they rule! Heavy Sabbath worship and punk as fuck vocals. Mister Snake offer two distinct bass sounds/styles for a powerhouse rhythm section with bratty yet melodic vocals. Expect this early next year on Bedside Manner. Keep checking on for more updates and other Bedside Manner news.