Le Guess Who? is one of the coolest festivals The Netherlands has to offer. It’s spread out through the whole city of Utrecht. They book the most interesting acts from all over the world, old, new, doesn’t matter. From 70’s Arabian composers to blunt garage punk. Last Sunday we were invited to host one of the venues of the LGW fest. On top of that both Pig Frenzy and J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers were invited to play at their spin-off festival Le Mini Who? Where they offer all the best from NL. Both bands killed it! Needless to say we had a more than fantastic weekend! A big shout out to the organisation of Le Guess Who? and Le Mini Who? And anyone that came out to see these bands.
All the way from Tennessee, USA, we present to you: The Ghetto Blasters. Mean hi-energy rock & roll influenced by the ’77 punk rock of the Dead Boys, the all-female rock & roll of The Runaways and Japanese underground garage punk icons Teengenerate.
“Hot Rocks / Too Loose” by The Ghetto Blasters will be pressed in a batch of 300 numbered copies on 7″ vinyl. Pre-order from Monday November 5. Release date: December 15.LISTEN
As they wrote in their bio: “The Ghetto Blasters plan on going ape in a town near you soon, leaving a trail of empty bottles, infuriated douchebags, and confused bystanders in their wake.” The Ghetto Blasters are Justin Savage on guitar and vocals, Buddha on guitar, Terry Clouse on bass and Patrick Wilkey on drums. The band hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. It is not the first band the band members play in. Some of these bands are or were: The Fast Boys, Tuff Tits, and the Drug Czars.
On December 15 The Ghetto Blasters will throw a release party at Santamania in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA). Go see them!
Left Of The Dial. Forty-eight bands played over two nights on six different locations. They gave us the opportunity and freedom to program and host one of those locations on a Friday night. We took care of the red lightship named V11 and got Les Robots, J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers and Pig Frenzy to play there. We had an absolutely fantastic night! Thanks to the everyone who visited for bringing a great atmosphere, thanks to our bands: Les Robots, J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers and Pig Frenzy for nailing it, thanks to the V11 staff for the lovely treatment and the beers and thanks to the organisation of Left Of The Dial for having us host this place and treating us well.READ MORE
Black Currant made some beautiful pictures of the Pig Frenzy show. Check them here!
Why should we limit ourselves to just earthly delights? Right! We shouldn’t. An outer space formation has found our planet and indulged itself in the earthling’s 60’s treasures of instrumental rock-n-roll and surf sounds. Due to maintenance on the intergalactic express way they arrived over fifty years late on earth, yet here they are: Les Robots! [APPLAUSE]
“Do The Robot! / One Way Ticket To The Moon” by Les Robots will be pressed in a batch of 300 numbered copies on 7″ vinyl. Pre-order: from Monday October 8. Release date: Friday November 17.LISTEN
Les Robots are programmed masterminds D.V.R. and R-JoHN backed up by their live assisting bots Pete-R and C.A.S.E. Who programmed these robots? That’s officially unknown and unofficially; classified, though people do speculate that it might be legendary producer Joe Meek. Whoever or whatever programmed these mechanical men does have a soft spot for mental earthlings like The Shadows, The Ventures, Terry Terauchi, Booker T & The MG’s, Link Wray and various composers of sixties cinema soundtracks.
On Friday October 19 Les Robots can be seen on stage for the first time at Left Of The Dial in Rotterdam, where we will have a “Spazz Out!” on lightship Vessel 11. Next to Les Robots label mates Pig Frenzy and J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers will take the stage. The “Spazz Out!” is part of the official program of the festival.
We are hyped to tell you the following: We’ve got another new release coming out! It’s “Birdcage (Slap Yourself Free) / Space Junk” by Montreal garage punk / post-punk outfit NEW VOGUE. Believe us when we say New Vogue is the new addiction that’ll spread like wildfire through your veins and hits you in a way that’ll make all the cells in your body scream for more, more, more.
As per our first two releases it’ll be pressed in a batch of 300 numbered copies on black 7” 45rpm vinyl. Pre-order starts on Monday September 10. Release on Friday October 12.LISTEN
New Vogue is the project of Max and Chance (ex-Sonic Avenues). On May 17 they released a first set of new tracks as New Vogue on a self-titled album cassette. All songs written, recorded and produced by Max and Chance under the influence of Talking Heads, The Fall and Swell Maps. Mastered by Mikey Young. Critics took a like in New Vogue; Steve Adamyk wrote in Razorcake: “The Songs are upbeat and punchy, but lean on a post-punk vibe and rawness that can’t be ignored.” And D.I.Y. rock’n’roll reviewer on YouTube Anti, formerly known as Jimmy, wrote about the tape on his channel: “New Vogue is sheer chaos contained in a compact cassette, a duplicitous undertaking that regularly falters between ethereal, summery vibes and a new-wave punk intensity…”. When we heard these recordings ourself we went totally spazz! The songs “Birdcage (Slap Yourself Free)” and “Space Junk” of this album will be pressed on vinyl.
As written in their bio “…you can expect to see the group in a five-headed configuration, performing live music concerts across America and Europe in the nearish future.” We can’t wait to see them live!
What happened here? People went nuts. Such fun we’ve had at Poortgebouw Rotterdam. Thanks Poortgebouw, S.F.D., CRY, Karel for support. Spazz Records and our first release could not have been launched better as of this Friday Sept 7th. Photo by GWMP.NL
On October 19 and 20 our home town Rotterdam will be turned into a showcase festival named Left Of The Dial, named after the song by The Replacements. In the words of the organisation: “Left Of The Dial offers an exciting cross-section of the best (post) punk, garage, shoegaze and noise rock of this moment”. 48 bands will play at the festival in several locations.
We are very pleased that the organisation has offered us to host a “Spazz Out!” at Left Of The Dial on one of the most insane locations of the festival. A small red light ship at the Wijnhaven (Wine harbor) named V11 will be ours to sink on Friday October 19. The following bands will perform: Les Robots (outer space), J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers (NL) and Pig Frenzy (NL). With the presentation of these bands we have two exciting announcements to make (well, we are excited about it):READ MORE
The first announcement we make is that the debut 45 of Les Robots will be released by us. Les Robots are four programmed robots from outer space playing spooky instrumental rock’n’roll. It is unknown who programmed these bots, but what we can tell you is that the programmer does have a soft spot for these mental earthlings like Joe Meek, The Ventures, Takeshi Terrauchi, Booker T. & The MG’s, Link Wray, The Shadows and those composers of 60’s cinema soundtracks.
Listen to “Do The Robot!” by Les Robots right here:
J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers
Our second coming out will be a new release by Rotterdam garage blues punk outfit J.C. Thomaz & The Missing Slippers. The band has built up quite the rep in Rotterdam. Don’t be fooled by that name, they’re not missing slippers, they’re not wearing any. They are into losing minds, money and basically anything that isn’t strapped onto them. Occasionally you will find them the next day looking for some missing band gear. You can trust them with the following, they will drink all your beer and they will deliver a wild gig with attitude. Their bio pretty much sums it up: “Sounds like The Cramps meets Robert Johnson in an acid trip down the crossroads.” We don’t have a date for this release scheduled yet. We will let you know when we do.
On September 7 we will release our first 45 by Rotterdam garage post-punk formation Pig Frenzy, so naturally they will be playing as well. This 4-piece is already gaining quite some notoriety for their explosive live shows. Be ready for them and don’t forget to spazz out at Left Of The Dial.
We at Spazz are very proud to announce our second release. It will be the debut 7-inch of La Trinidad: “Las Venas” / “Ay, Tus Ojos”. Two songs that are taken from their excellent digitally released “El Peligro” EP. The 45 will be released on Friday September 21
The 45 will be released in a batch of 300 copies only. They will be available for pre-order starting on Monday August 13. Get your copy soon!LISTEN
La Trinidad are a garage-punk-pop formation from Málaga in Spain that sings in their native tongue. La Trinidad is the name of the old working-class neighborhood of Málaga. Their influences? The period that marks the end of the totalitarian regime of general Franco to the transition into the democracy in Spain. From the subversive poets of that era to the ultra-violent and sex driven Quinqui film movement that took place during that time.
Their songs are insanely catchy; think of your favorite summer pop songs and then you’ll find out that the lyrics are intelligent, intoxicating and ridden with black humor. A sound that’s influenced by the likes of Ty Segall, Iggy & The Stooges and Spanish bands like Biznaga, Futuro Terror and Parálisis Permanente.
Out Now! Limited to 300 numbered copies on black 45 rpm 7″ vinyl
We at Spazz are proud to announce our first 7 inch release: Pig Frenzy – I Don’t Need You / Oral Moral. This Rotterdam (NL) four piece met up to start a post-punk band, but gloriously failed. What came out was a raw mixture of garage, punk and surf served with vulcanic violence. An eruption of musical perversity and fury.
Release date: September 7.LISTEN
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