Monday, 28 December 2015

2015. A pretty good year for music and 2016 looking even better !

Yep, plenty of fine releases during 2015 means there's a lot less shelf space than this time last year in the Ross household. A couple of great albums from Marcel Bontempi, a heap of Cramps releases due mainly to a loophole in EU laws concerning radio broadcasts which has allowed some UK & German labels to put out a few better than average, semi-official albums, the truly stunning Trash Is Neat 6  featuring a ton of mega rare tracks and how could anyone not be happy with the release on DVD at last of The Cramps gig at the legendary Hacienda. Our friends in Russia have been no slouches either with albums from Messer Chups and The Guitaraculas, while down in Spain a bunch of vinyl came out for The Smoggers and Charm Bag, and the excellent Ghost Highway Records put out the latest vinyl offering by Sweden's The Nomads in the form of the live LP 'Demolicion'.

Absolutely Essential.
Speaking of The Nomads, easily one of my top 5 releases of this year was the long awaited vinyl edition of 'Stagger In The Snow' and we only had to wait 31 years for it !!! For those of you that only know the Nomads from their later 'heavier' output this will come as a complete surprise ! In the early 80's these guys were at the front of the Swedish Garage/Trashabilly wave...along with bands like The Stomach Mouths, Crimson Shadows, Bottle Ups and the like. What we got with this truly amazing release was 30 tracks of pure delight with an almost even split of Rockabilly and 60's Garage Punk covers. The guys down at Bang ! Records have done a remarkable job remastering this and even managed to dig up original artwork...Brilliant considering that original copies of the cassette go for daft prices ! 

 I love this album !
There were also great releases from Diablo Records following on from the awful closure of their studio & record shop in Camden, and I can only imagine it wasn't a very nice time for 'Doyley' (Ex-Klingonz, Zorchmen and current honcho with The Guitar Slingers) trying to keep things afloat as well getting his releases out...Anyway, he did it with a couple of 12" slabs of lovely vinyl from The Guitar Slingers, including the sublime and trashy as hell...'Carnevil Of Souls' and the first new LP from the legendary 'Deltas' in many a year ! Other good news was seeing that Mark Robertson (Yes, that one !...The original drummer of The Meteors) is back behind a drum kit and will be playing gigs during 2016 with The Zorchmen !

Rockabilly Madman.
Not entirely unexpected, it's been the German labels that have been unleashing the bulk of cool vinyl on the world, couple of new volumes of 'Back From The Grave' and those brilliant revamped back-catalogue editions from Crypt, The Fuzztones 30th anniversary re-edition of Lysergic Emanations. Part Records gave us 2..Yes two volumes of the truly awesome, grand daddy of Trash, 'Johnny Legend'. Screaming Apple put out a few cool LPs and a turkey of an album by 'Cozy' (it happens sometimes but it's not to my taste at all). A shedload of quality limited editions at Squoodge from some of my fave artists kept me happy as did a few of the records released by old reliable 'Soundflat'. News of Stag O Lee's 'R-Man' being hospitalised was a low point earlier on in the year but we all hope that he's out of the woods now to keep releasing all of that fantastic stuff he digs up !

Would make the perfect LP sleeve.
One of 2015's highlight's for me was seeing the vastly under-rated 'Hillmans' get their first official release on Western Star, it's real shame it only came out on CD but then, who knows what may transpire during 2016 ? If you haven't got this album, you're really missing out on something special, Their mix of Old Scool Psychobilly, Garage Trash with a healthy dose of Cramps sensibilities gives them a remarkably fresh sound which puts them apart from a lot of the clone type bands....Yeah, you need this !

Little taster of what is coming in 2016, just the tip of the Iceberg but enough to get me looking forward to seeing the postman !
- Messer Chups : Spooky Hook LP......Coming out in early March (maybe earlier)
- Marcel Bontempi : Wolfcall 7"..........Coming out on Migraine Records during Spring.
- The Smoggers : LP.............................Coming out on Soundflat early 2016.
- The Go Go Cult : Headhunter 10".....Coming out on Western Star in mid January.
- Dr Bontempi's Snake Oil Co :  CD....Coming out on Squoodge in mid January.
- The Monsters : New LP ....................Coming out on Voodoo Rhythm during 2016.
- The Charity Case : How To Fall LP...Coming out in Spring 2016.
- Rev Beatman : New LP......................Coming out on Voodoo Rhythm during 2016.
- Empti Fish : Anthology LP.................Coming out in Spring.

And here at Trash Wax we've a whole heap of releases which should keep your turntable spinning throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open !  And don't forget to go and buy something from the Trash Wax Webstore....the more you buy, the more we can release ! :

And if you don't see anything interesting at the webstore, go get your friggin' eyes checked !....or more reasonably go to our Discogs store where all the one off records are.....over a thousand of the buggers !:

Have a great end to 2015, Party like there's no tomorrow ! Wishing you all a Rockin' new year, Fuzz On and Stay Sick folks.

Monday, 14 December 2015

More vinyl and other great news......Munster Raving Loony Party Line-Up.

Good man you !
Well, I'm far from being Jack White's number 1 fan as I don't even like The White Stripes and could never understand what all the Hoo Hah was about regarding them...But I have to admit, he's put his money where his mouth is and has done something about an issue which is close to his heart and which he's obviously very passionate about, not only has he opened a Third Man Record Store in Detroit (I believe) but he is due to bring a substantial pressing plant (also Third Man) online any day now...Hat's off to you Dude !....damn sight more real than buying a yacht or a small island in The Carribean !

Someone had to fill in all the hand !
Squoodge Records out of Berlin celebrated their 10th anniversary this year in splendid style by releasing a series of (very) limited 7"s via the Squoodge record club, the final 2 singles turned up this week and what a pair of beauties they are ! The last to be released will probably send all of the Billy Childish fanatics into some form of collective frenzy as it's the Pop Rivets 'John Peel Session' from 29th Jan 1980...A beautiful item I'll admit, pressed in swirled purple vinyl and at just a 100 copies, it's sure that an example or 2 will no doubt appear on Ebay fetching silly money at some point. Another in the series that will have collectors salivating all over the place is the Marcel Bontempi 7", again a lovely, swirled vinyl edition of a 100, numbered copies featuring 2 previously unheard tracks, 'Mambo Jazz' with 'My Father's Grave on the flipside....very nice indeed. Other releases in the series saw Trixie Trainwreck paired with Rev Beatman, Bloodshot Bill had a release to himself as did Bill Fadden & The Dangerous curves (more news about Bill Fadden later) and the 7" from Fia Sco & The Majestics cetainly was a new one on me, pleasantly so....The other releases were by King Salami, The Laser Mutants, Gerritt & The RnR Stalinists, Travis O'Neill, Chris Almoada, Babe Miller & His Tear Droppin' Fools....A decent clutch of very desirable vinyl by anyones standards !  

As I mentioned there a little earlier, news that Bill Fadden and The Rhythmbusters were calling it a day and hanging up the instruments was put out over social media. Bill, as some of you know, was one of Marcel Bontempi's backing musicians when MB appeared in the UK and long before that he spent a couple of years as guitarist in The Go Go Cult. During his time with The Rhythmbusters they released a bunch of great 7"s for Migraine & Squoodge all of which are well tracking down incidently....Whatever comes next ? I'm sure it'll be well catching.

US edition sleeve.
It's also been a bit of a bumper year for Hound Gawd Records too, they -rereleased the classic debut album 'Lysergic Emanations' by The Fuzztones, with half the pressing housed in the UK released sleeve and the other half in the US released version. Some of them were coloured vinyl (Slime green, obviously) and all come with a nice Fuzztones logo poster....hard to believe that it's been 30 years since this first came out....I remember quite clearly seeing them as the support to The Damned at Portsmouth guildhall....was rather taken by them at the time too ! Also out on vinyl was the Legendary Shackshakers album 'Cockledoodledon't'...class album which had only ever been available on CD upto this point....

Pretty damned decent...*****
Now, here's a thing....If you get Matt Verta-Ray (Speedball Baby & Heavy Trash) to produce a power trio which includes The Cramps last drummer 'Jungle' Jim Chandler....something pretty interesting is going to happen ! And you can take it from me that The Twin Guns album is fair awesome ! Called 'The Last Picture Show' it's a hard one to nail into any pigeon hole...There's a bit of early Gallon Drunk in there, a bit of late era Gun Club and they cover 'Harlem Nocturne' a favourite of mine (the version by The 5678's), folk who like The Flaming Stars would love this and for sure a wee nod to The Cramps in parts....can't say I'm overwhelmed by all of the vocals but it's a minor detail.     Here's the promo vid for the album :

Buy me here :
Unless you've been asleep for most of this year, well, since about'll have noticed that we've gotten ourselves into the record releasing business (Huzzah !) but it hasn't gone anywhere near as smoothly as we'd imagined (No shit, I hear)...But we still managed 4 LPs, a 7" and a CD ! Our latest release The Shockwaves 'No Way In, No Way Out' which should have been with us a couple of weeks ago still hasn't materialised so no surprises there as the factories have only managed 1 (one) delivery that was 'almost' on time ! So our last release was basically those Trashtastic Gooners from Reading (UK) The Go Go Cult ! If you haven't got this yet, I'd encourage you to asap as it's really rather good and not only that, we got Marcel Bontempi to do the artwork so it's nice looking too ! As it's pretty much pointless trying to do an orderly schedule, we have adopted the approach of 'It gets here, when it gets here ! So in no particular order we have for your delectation in 2016, the following, 12" EP 'Feline Frenzy' Marcel Bontempi, CD 'No Way In, No Way Out' The Shockwaves, LP 'Spooky Hook' Messer Chups, MLP 'The GooGoo Muck Sessions' The Raymen, LP The X-Men Vs The Vibes, LP 'Into The Syntax Era' The Sine Waves, LP or CD The Bugs & The Halflings, 7" Charm Bag, 12" 'Spider Baby' Vince Ripper and a heap more which are currently under wraps ! Just keep your eyes peeled !

Last year we had a bit of a spring break in Spain at the MUNSTER RAVING LOONY PARTY and it was a ball, yep ! We got off our faces, we were at times desperately drunk, we saw some great bands and met lots of lovely we're heading back at the end of April for what is to my mind one of the best 'meets' / 'minifests' around, with no further ado here's what's on the menu this time ! In no order whatsoever : Jack Oblivion, The Sick Rose, DeadElvis, The Mobbs, The Mokkers, The Morlocks, Sex Crime, Muck & The Mires (Looks like this years preferred letter is 'M' for bands names !) Thee Gravemen and headlining the whole shebang....The one and only Leadfoot Tea !

Most of the stuff mentioned on these pages is available for a few schillings so don't forget to go and buy some records (stock items) here :
And here for one offs, OOP stuff and expensive bits :

Have fun and Stay Sick peeps !