Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts published in “Pennsylvania”

Auto Added by WPeMatico

The SUCK – Boris Sprinkler

Somehow the world made it through all of last year without any new music from the SUCK. Man, that was a rough go. Fans were so distraught that a great many went as far as to proclaim 2020 the worst year ever. Fortunately, the unbearable wait is almost over. Boris Sprinkler, the second album from these Mid-Atlantic street rock champions, will officially be out next weekend on Mom’s Basement Records. 2019’s In​-​Cog​-​Neat​-​O surely set a standard that the SUCK would be hard-pressed to maintain. What would it take for the band to concoct another batch of tunes as massively rocking, supremely amusing, thoroughly unoriginal, and brilliantly stupid as the eight songs that comprised In​-​Cog​-​Neat​-​O? These secrets have never been revealed, but I believe Boris Sprinkler is the fruit of much deep reflection, excessive drinking, and deep reflection under the influence of excessive drinking. 

Having already perfected a formula for what a SUCK album ought to be, the band took great care to not disappoint the fan base. Eight of Boris Sprinkler‘s ten tracks clock in at under two minutes, and the songwriting continues to strictly adhere to the tenet that no band needed to exist after the Ramones, except maybe HEAD. There are certain things we all demand from a SUCK album, so let’s go ahead and run Boris Sprinkler through the checklist. Is there a song about drinking? There are actually multiple songs referencing drinking, but “Fantasy Beer League” is THE song about drinking and an instant classic in the SUCK canon. For a guy who loves sports, I am surprisingly terrible at fantasy leagues. But I feel like I could be a contender in this one! Is there a party song on this record? Why yes: “Who Brought The Tits” chronicles a basement hang so epic that a six-foot sub was fully consumed and The Dunk started throwing chairs. Check! Does the band manage another song as wrong and inappropriate as the last album’s “Vape Store”? Why, yes: “You’re Not Home” is way more wrong and way more inappropriate! Is there a cover of some unheralded pop-punk classic that’s not nearly as good as the original? For sure, and this time it’s The Proteens’ “I Told You So”. Does the album end with a devastating tale of heartbreak and despair exacerbated by modern technology? Why, yes: “J Prozac on a BMX Bike” is even better than its last album counterpart “The Catfish” and a reminder that the SUCK could be a top-rate pop-punk band if they ever lost the physical wherewithal to rock the streets. Elsewhere, there are songs about Dungeons & Dragons, suave secret agents, and, uh, jugs. The SUCK are nothing if not renaissance men. 

My love/hate relationship with the musical genre known as “Ramonescore” tends to mirror my love/hate relationship with IPAs. Overall I find the style to be overdone and largely full of indistinguishable clones. But the handful of exceptions are truly magnificent. I’ll gladly take a Troegs Perpetual any day of the year. And the SUCK is the Troegs Perpetual of its world. It seems fitting that the SUCK is on the same record label that has released music by The Vapids and NECK. If you like those bands, you will also like the SUCK. In fact, you probably already like the SUCK if you like those bands! Boris Sprinkler is a bigger and better follow-up to its formidable predecessor. The Alien and The Dunk have again turned out some of the hottest-sounding guitars in all of the land. The Cola remains a unique and charismatic vocal presence — as convincing boasting about the stun gas in his key chain as he is pining over the girl who broke his heart years ago. And the Problem and the Basement continue to do all of the unappreciated work of keeping everything simple and tight (notice that on the album cover, they appear ready to start playing at a moment’s notice, while The Dunk looks like he may have just murdered a man with his guitar). As a lifetime Pennsylvanian, I am proud that we get to count the SUCK as one of our own. Although I believe that 20% of Delaware may be eligible to claim the SUCK as well. I’ll need to get a ruling on that. Preorder for Boris Sprinkler ends today at noon Eastern Time. Any remaining copies will be available beginning April 2nd! 

Share and Enjoy !


The Monic Depression “Wondering Why”

Monic Depression HRS 45 Wondering Why

The Monic Depression released one single, “Wondering Why” / “Midnight Hour”. I wish I could tell you more about the band but nothing is known at this point.

“Wondering Why” is an excellent original by K. Ellmer. The organ, guitar, bass and drums blend into a near-perfect garage sound, even if the record was made in 1969, as someone wrote on my copy.

Kevin Ellmer, Keith Ellmer, Ken Ellmer, Knox Ellmer?!

The flip is a good version of “Midnight Hour”

Teen Beat Mayhem lists the band’s location as possibly Virginia, while I’ve seen Pennsylvania on the internet, possibly Scranton.

Released on HRS 45-218, possibly HRS stands for a recording studio. Harrisburg?

I love the band name, was the spelling of Monic intentional or was it supposed to be Manic Depression?

Monic Depression HRS 45 Midnight Hour

Share and Enjoy !


Mud City Manglers – Give Me The Hammer

The Mud City Manglers ending up on Spaghetty Town Records has to be one of the most perfect marriages of a band and label ever. You’re talking about THE label for dirty punk rock and roll releasing the first album in 20 years from the definitive dirty punk rock and roll band! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since Pittsburgh’s Mud City Manglers unleashed their classic full-length debut Heart Full of Hate. Give Me the Hammer, a split release between Spaghetty Town and European labels Beluga Records and Ghost Highway Recordings, is the long-awaited sophomore release from these legends of grimy and gutsy rock and roll. The good news is that the Mud City Manglers still sound like the Mud City Manglers. They are a veritable sonic bulldozer on this 11-track release – tearing through track after track of ferocious rock and roll that meets at the intersection of Motörhead, AC/DC, and the Dead Boys. On this particular release, the band brings a harder, tighter sound than ever. Fierce, pummeling songs like “Hangover Hurricane”, “Bring It Down”, and the title track are what all “action rock” should aspire to be. And on the moody slow-burner “Better Off Dead” and the heavy rock closer “Jump Into The Fire”, these guys show songwriting chops that are seldom encountered in this genre. It may be a tad premature to declare that the Mud City Manglers have delivered another classic. But let’s just say that Give Me the Hammer will disappoint absolutely no one.



Share and Enjoy !


Mitzee Baker – “Stand Up Boy” on Dralmar

Mitzee Baker Dralmar 45 Stand Up Boy
Mitzee Baker’s “Stand Up Boy” is early ’60s pop, not garage but it has a strong beat and crude production. I’m posting because it seems to be unknown, and there are some deadwax codes I am not familiar with.

The flip is a ballad with some orchestration, “No One Can Love You (More than I)”. Harry Moffitt wrote both songs and co-produced with Fred Downs, released on Dralmar 5000. Pompadour Music published the songs, but I can’t find them in BMI’s database. A Philadelphia origin is likely.

The runout codes are: “D-5000-B A” / “D-5000-B”. Both sides have “A.M.S.” followed by something that looks like a D with a couple short horizontal lines in front of it. In very small lettering on the A-side is “TV 33166”. All are etched.

Mitzee Baker embossed stamp codeAn embossed stamp on both sides seems to read backwards, beginning with, possibly M.O.I. and ending with CO – but I may not be reading that correctly.

Share and Enjoy !


ETERNAL FREQUENCY Releases Official Music Video for Stunning Cover of QUEEN’S “The Show Must Go On”!

Harrisburg, PA based Heavy Rock band ETERNAL FREQUENCY has released the official music video for their cover of the 1991 QUEEN hit single, “The Show Must Go On”!.” Self-directed and filmed and edited by Eric DiCarlo, 100% of “The Show Must Go On” proceeds will go to NIVA – National Independent Venue Association to help #SAVEOURSTAGES. “Our cover of ‘The Show Must Go On’ (originally performed by Queen) is a tribute to all of our fellow musicians, roadies, technicians, stage hands, managers, venue owners, and most importantly the listeners and fans that are being affected by this pandemic. We essentially wanted to send a message that things will get better. That is why we are donating 100% of the song proceeds to NIVA – National Independent Venue Association.” – ETERNAL FREQUENCY Download / Stream “The Show Must Go On” Online: iTunes | Spotify | Amazon Eternal Frequency is a young, up and coming band hailing from Harrisburg Pennsylvania who use anthemic rock and metalcore as their muse to formulate a fresh, modern, hard rock sound of their own. In just under 2 years of being a band they have released several singles including “Down,” “Temptations,” and the latest, “Parasite” which garnered over 140,000 views on YouTube.. They […]

The post ETERNAL FREQUENCY Releases Official Music Video for Stunning Cover of QUEEN’S “The Show Must Go On”! appeared first on RockRevolt Mag.

Share and Enjoy !