The Turbo A.C.'s
There once was a man who made a boat to sail away and it sank. One of my literary heroes, James Donleavy wrote that. Unless you´ve been locked in a basement in hell, you already know The Turbo AC´s are hotter than a basement in hell. - I wrote that, for a pandering puff piece that appeared in Punk Magazine during my short tenure as an editor there. I was fired for reasons that are not important now. What is important is that I was never quite happy with the way that article turned out. To this day I can´t look at that piece without getting nauseous and throwing up in my mouth a little. I make no bones about it. I am an unabashed fan. I wanted to do a good job. Unfortunately my bad habits include sniffing drugs and getting my balls touched and those needs came before actually taking the time to write a feature that´s at least on par with their music. So I was shocked and deeply confused when Turbo AC´s front man Kevin Cole requested I write something about their latest studio album Kill Everyone. The biggest effing mistake he ever made.
I open with Donleavy´s quote because it always reminded me of the Turbo AC´s "skull and monkey wrenches" logo. Every time I see their sticker on a street sign, on the door of a bathroom stall, or plastered over their road weary guitar cases, I think of the quote and versa-vice. In Kevin Cole´s words: "I drew that logo on a bar napkin after getting news that all of our CDs melted in a chemical spill at the airport. It was our first tour and we had no copies of our first album. Needless to say a monkey wrench was thrown in the works." Instead of crying like giant pussies about their misfortune, they told misfortune to go fuck herself and just embraced it. And so it was, it shaped their world view; became a contrary ethos where what´s bad is good, what´s good is bad and so on and so forth. Speaking of giant pussies, do you ever wish your hair was Emo so it would cut itself? I know I do. I´ll stop now because I´m starting to get sidetracked as I tend to do when I´m high on cocaine. Just in case I´m being too subtle, I AM HIGH ON COCAINE.
I guess this space requires that we talk about the band now. They got a new album out. The title I certainly approve of. Kill Everyone. Kill ´em all. Let God sort it out. Equal opportunities - The Turbo AC´s; they give it. The wrath of math - they have it. Here´s a basic algebra equation I came up with while I was taking a dump this morning:
L + DD = TAC (Lemmy plus Dick Dale equals the Turbo AC´s)
It´s already been said a million times before by writers more gainfully employed than I, so I will reference the obvious connections to surf guitar hastened at Motorhead speed, if only to get it out of the way. The Turbo AC´s story begins in the early 90s with Kevin Cole on lead vocals and guitar, Kevin Prunty on drums and Mike Dolan on bass. "I wasn´t singing at first," says Cole. "There was another guy singing; Dave Crook, from Texas. But he had a nervous breakdown and disappeared. He left his wife and kid to go live in a refrigerator box." Cole stepped up to the mic and they eventually adopted The Turbo AC´s moniker, appropriated then modified from the Turnbull AC´s gang in the film The Warriors. After leading off on numerous compilations, their debut LP Damnation Overdrive was released in ´96 on Blackout Records. Two years of relentless touring, appearances on more compilations, as well as a split E.P.s and Singles followed, then Cacophone Records dropped their sophomore effort Winner Takes All. After more singles and more compilations, The Turbo AC´s then signed with Nitro Records and dropped Fuel for Life in 2001, produced by Roger Miret of Agnostic Front. A scant year after that, Gearhead released Automatic in the U.S., with Bitzcore retaining rights for Europe. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves and mixed by their former manager Billy Milano of S.O.D., Automatic brought the AC´s a wider audience in Europe through their incendiary live performances and the quality of their music. Choosing to self produce their next record Avenue X, the chips finally began to fall in their favor. And all was well. Skull and monkey what?!
In 2006 original bassist Mike Dolan suddenly and "amicably" split from the band he help formed. The Turbo AC´s stuck their middle fingers in the face of adversity once again and soldiered on. They put in too much work to quit now. Through their friends in Flogging Molly, Tim Lozada, formerly of the The Hard-Ups, was enlisted to replace Dolan and former roadie Jer (rhymes with chair) Von Duck was cast as the 2nd guitarist. It brought new life to the band. "To have Tim and Jer excited, makes me excited," says drummer Kevin Prunty. "We´re all having fun again. We haven´t had fun in rehearsals in a long time." Surprising no one, The Turbo AC´s cut another album with 2006´s Live to Win; followed with yup you guessed it, more touring. After Live to Win, The Turbo AC´s embarked on their longest hiatus to date. - A whole two years. On their downtime Kevin Cole started a pizza shop, aptly called Pizza Shop with Jesse Malin of D Generation. Ramones art director Arturo Vega designed their pizza boxes and I got one hanging on the wall of my apartment to this day. Slated for a June 23rd 2011 release, Kill Everyone promises to be their best effort to date. Previous Turbo A.C.´s producer Blag Dahlia recently previewed the album and said "WOW! I dig it, sounds like T-Rex on pills," and called it a "new direction for Kevin Cole." - High praise indeed, even if that praise is coming from someone who is mostly high. "Evolved" is a descriptor overused by most music writer, but The Turbo AC´s really do show their evolution on Kill Everyone. It´s a departure from their other releases, a composite of familiar Turbo AC´s goodness with the spaghetti western-esque Sonora or the anthemic Black Lipstick, mixed with the slow-to-mid tempo Live Fast, Die Slow Revisted and peppered with ultra violence throughout. The AC´s are especially proud to have Gary Lindsey of Hank Williams III and Assjack fame providing guest vocals on Tu Vida Se Acaba un Minuto a la Ves. 16 cuts deep and produced by Kevin Cole, Stomp Records will distribute the album in North America and Concrete Jungle in Europe. "I really believe this is what the scene needs right now," says Cole. "We really need to kill everyone." And they do. There is no more alluding to violence. With lyrics like "Got no emotions, got no feelings, bodies piling up to the ceiling" metaphors are unneeded and the message is plain as day - you are a fucking dead man and your ears love it. "The violence is nothing new," Cole says. "It´s just not as cryptic. I think this album will upset some people and that´s the point. I smashed the old formula and melted down the pieces into a chainsaw." As I write this, The Turbo AC´s are hard at work shooting a video for their album´s self-titled lead single and if their past album covers serve as an indicator of what to expect, expect a boner. - A big one. It might also be released as a limited edition picture disk but you didn´t hear that from me. The album´s 10th track Black Lipstick will be released concurrently in Scandinavian countries on seven inch vinyl. What The Turbo AC´s never get enough credit for is their work ethic. The show must always go on and they are prolific in ways most punk bands aren´t. Veterans of more compilations, split EPs and 7" records than I can count on both fingers and toes, they are averaging a new album every other year with Kill Everyone marking their 7th studio release. Where most NYC punk bands have trouble gigging outside of the tri-state area The Turbo AC´s are touring Europe on their own dime, sleeping in squats, crashing tour vans and then fixing it with duct tape (true story, I swear). They´ve performed at the Warped Tour and shared the stage with Turbonegro and The Buzzcocks to name just a few. Their resume impresses. If the Turbo AC´s were a black man with a funny hair-do they would be James Brown. - They work hard. And when its time to hit the road, like James Brown hit his wife, they quit their day jobs and look for new ones when they come back. Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. If success eludes The Turbo AC´s it won´t be for a lack of trying. Put that in your nose and sniff it. (James Lee
After releasing 4 albums and celebrating 7 years in March 2009 Brutally Frank show no signs of slowing down. With almost 5 tours under their belt they've had the privilege to share the stage with acts such as...Joe Buck, The Queers, Lucero, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Independents, Koffin Kats and Calavera to name a few. They also were fortunate to play a stage on the 1995 Vans Warped Tour and had a song chosen for a movie soundtrack. Brutally Frank has always played what is in their hearts with a passion that is passed onto the crowd at live shows. Their early days saw them as a street punk band experimenting with blues riffs and eventually going back to the roots of rock 'n' roll for guidance in a time that seems to have forgotten what it means to be in a rock 'n' roll band. Miss Fortune has tried ending their reign in the midwest in the form of car wrecks, stolen equipment, spider bites, broken bones and other sicknesses to no avail. With no end in sight be on the lookout for future releases and tours.
Led by the sneering vocals of lead singer Daryl, The Bollweevils are direct inheritors of a Chicago hardcore tradition handed down from acts such as Naked Raygun and The Effigies.
Undisputed as one the finest Chicago punk outfits during the 1990s, The Bollweevils were, and still are, defined by their spirited live performances and a song catalogue that demonstrates both their roots and creative ability as a band.
Known for their connection with fans, The Bollweevils began their recording career on Underdog Records, but soon were noticed by Dr. Strange Records. And shortly thereafter, the band released the punk staple "Stick Your Neck Out," which featured favorites such as, "Dehumanize," "Bottomless Pit," and "John Doe." The album defined The Bollweevils sound, which is laced with high-paced drumming, aggressive guitar and bass workings, and witty and sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Because of this, The Bollweevils soon garnered one of the largest local audiences and became one of the preeminent bands during the 1990s Midwest punk scene.
During this time, the band began playing more shows throughout the United States and shared the stage with bands that were both influences and contemporaries, including Naked Raygun, Rancid, AFI, Pegboy, Down By Law and Youth Brigade—many of which who later appeared on the band's album liner notes.
The Bollweevils' second album, The History of the Bollweevils, Part One, collects previously released material from EPs and compilations. 1995's new studio effort Heavyweight boasted a more mature approach, with increasingly complex arrangements and backing vocals. The album concludes not only with a cover of the Bad Brains' "Pay to Cum," but also a 10-minute-plus, audio tour-diary entry.
And although the band went through several lineup changes, The Bollweevils never lost focus on creating an everlasting effect on the Chicago punk scene. Perhaps, one of the best representations of this is their release "Weevil Live." To see The Bollweevils live is not only an experience, but an assault on the senses and the album surely captures that spirit. The band gels on stage like very few bands can—with Daryl flying around stage and jumping on the audience, Ken and Bob shredding guitars and the fans just eating it all up.
However, like all good things, things had to come to an end and the band officially disbanded in 1996 when they announced, on the legendary Fireside Bowl stage, that they would be playing their last show. To put it simply, fans were not only stunned, but very disappointed as well. At that time, it appeared that The Bollweevils were destined only to become folklore to a new generation of punks.
But in 2003, The Bollweevils reunited for a one-off sold-out show for WLUW at The Metro with a new drummer, Pete. The show, at that time, was considered as the best Bollweevils' performance to date and whole new generation of Chicago kids were now even more intrigued by the band.
So when the band officially reunited once again in 2006 which included Naked Raygun, The Blue Meanies and 7Seconds, there was a resounding "Hell Yes" by the punk community because unlike many bands who have come and gone, The Bollweevils' music is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. In the upcoming months the band plans new releases, more shows and a dedication to its fans that will be rivaled by none.
The Nightmare starts off on a hot humid night, deep beneath a full moon in the swamps of South Carolina. Under the moss covered dead oak trees, surrounded by the loud eerie groans of bull frogs, four creatures of the night come together to form The INDEPENDENTS....
Formed in the early 90's by Evil Presly and Willy B, The Independents was born out of the frustration of music being stereo typed and just plain fucking boring. Willy and Evil both loved all music, from Conway Twitty to Iron Maiden, from The Ramones to Etta James and the Specials. Both loved horror and sci-fi movies and wanted to find some way to include it in their music. Evil started writing lyrics that told horror tales while Willy kept the guitar in one hand and gave the entire world the finger with the other. They rallied their friends together and started on their long journey through members, with only the goal of playing the music they wanted, when, where, and how they wanted.
After a few years and a few members, the guys had gathered a good following through rough demos and Compilation records from coast to coast. They signed a small indie deal with Rockduster Records and recorded their first album "In For The Kill". It was during this time that Evil met and befriended the bass player for the legendary Ramones, CJ Ramone. CJ got the Independents on a few opening dates of the Ramones' Acid Eaters tour. On their way to the first show with the Independents, Joey Ramone listened to some of the Independents demos given to him by CJ. He really dug what he heard and within minutes of arriving to the venue was introduced to the guys. After the shows, Joey made an offer the guys could not refuse. He told them he wanted to manage the band.
In For The Kill
The ghouls hit the road non-stop on tours with such bands as THE RAMONES and VOODOO GLOW SKULLS and an early BLINK 182 to support "In for the Kill". But due to the lack of record company support, they signed their next release to Elevator Music. The Independents got back to work and recorded the "Stalker" EP. They did several of their own national tours as well as playing with RANCID, REEL BIG FISH, and GREEN DAY. Doing several dates on The Ramones' Farewell tour, as well as many festivals from CMJ to South by South West, the guys hit them all. After all this heavy touring, the band went into the studio for several projects. They did a few songs in the BRUCE MCDONALD movie "HARDCORE LOGO". Then Joey Ramone and Daniel Rey produced the Danzig song "Mother" for a compilation as well as the guys backing up Joey on a few tracks that have yet to be released.
Chicago, IL They soon found themselves with a few new faces in the group and back on the road again in support of their self titled single on Hell Cat / Epitaph Records. From the Warped tour to the New England Ski Fest, and to opening up for RONNIE SPECTOR and CITIZEN FISH, to CHEAP TRICK and SEBASTIAN BACH, there was never a break for these fiends. Between every tour they were recording a song or two for another compilation. Some of the times their tours lasted 10 months!
Joey and the guys finally decided to sit down and record the next full length album "Back From The Grave". They once again called on Daniel Rye to co-produce with Joey. They went into the studio for two weeks and then took a break to appear in the mystery horror spoof film, "FINAL RINSE" directed by ROBERT TUCKER. Then they hit the road again.
While in NY, their van and all their equipment was stolen. They lost everything. Van, trailer, merchandise, and personal items from tooth brushes to some of the gear that was given to them from the Ramones that we all know is irreplaceable. It all was gone. Over $60,000 worth of equipment, gone. The cops did nothing and the insurance companies did little more. The Independents had to start all over from step one. A lot of bands came to the aid of the group. Joey even threw a star studded benefit concert. There was no way the Independents would give up now. They went back to work getting all new equipment, van and trailer. Back in the studio, they recorded 4 more songs and put one live track featuring Joey on the album. They then had the album mastered by HOWIE WEINBURG. Two music videos for the songs "Little Blue" and "Death Notice" have also been shot by world famous director GEORGE SEMINARA (BEASTIE BOYS, RAMONES, DANZIG). The Independents did half the US and Canada with THE QUEERS early in 2001.
Evil Presly and Willy B With Joey Ramone
Manitoba's, NYC 12/12/00
After the passing of their manager, friend, and mentor Joey Ramone, the band set off on a full US tour with the MISFITS. They cut it short for time to mourn. Now the guys have their heads and hearts together. Before Joey passed he and the band put the "Unholy Living Dead" EP and the album "Back From The Grave" out themselves.
Willy B with coffin guitar
Jax, FL 9/10/02
In 2002, The Independents found themselves back out on the road for US tours with the WORLD FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY and the QUEERS, EYELINERS and BRIEFS, as well as their own headlining tours. In early 2003, they released "Live From Murder Beach" on AMP Records and recorded a few songs for comps on such labels as Cleopatra, Fast Music and Peephole records .Then they were back out on the road for seven months on tours with such bands as THE PIETASTERS and THE VOODOO GLOW SKULLS.
In 2004 they released the "Full Moon Arise" EP/CD ROM on Fast Music and had songs on several comps, most notably the "Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show" on Spring Man records. There was also quite a few B movies put out as well with Independents songs used for the soundtracks. After the successful North American part of The Independents "No Rest For The Wicked World Tour 04."The Independents were psyched to get started on the UK and European parts of the World Tour when tragedy struck them down.
On November 19, 2004, The Independents were in a very Serious Bus wreck with tour partners the Dangerfields in the UK. Willy B suffered multiple fractures on his left arm along with cuts and burns. Their driver was also seriously injured. He sustained several serious head injuries along with sever injuries to his body. The rest of the Independents got banged up pretty good as well. The Dangerfield's only looked like they had suffered major injuries but all of them actually only walked away with a few bruises and scratches. Needless to Say the Independents were in no condition to finish the tour. I guess there is some rest for the wicked after all.
Evil and Willy B 2005
After their release from the Hospital the Independents returned home to heal and regroup. Their Driver Ian was released on Christmas Day and is expected to make a full recovery after he under goes several more operations. Nows it's 2005 and work has already started on their next full length CD "Eternal Bond" and another world tour is being booked. The non stop marathon touring is about to start up again, so beware. The Independents are going to play the music they want, when, where, and how they want.
"The Dewtons...the most violent pop-punk show you'll ever attend, short of the Ramones!" -Andy Stomper of Bad Assets.
Hardcore, street punk from Atlanta, GA.
Some Kind of Nightmare
Born in the summer of 2006 and hailing from the wrong side of the tracks, Some Kind of Nightmare is the pure embodiment of punk rock. Voicing the thoughts and opinions of societies rock bottom class and making a hell of a lot of noise doing it.