Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Willard - Sunshine Wire


Label: The Matt Label
Year: 1993

As has been painstakingly explained in this space, we (me) hail from the Tarheel State (fuck UNC...go Deacs!), and therefore have an chromosomal predilection to NC styled rock-n-roll. Which, for all intents and purposes, could just be an extra chromosome. So, when a blink-and-you-missed-it two song 7" from the gilded age of NC indie rock is threatening to forever slip through the cracks of time (she is a witchy woman!), we (me) here at Shiny Grey Monotone have an obligation by birthright to wrestle it back into the cultural morass. 
Willard were contemporaries of the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro powerhouses of the early Nineties, but they did play it a little straighter than say, Polvo. They were a rock band that plied in a fuzzy post hardcore, maybe sorta grungy, kind of straight up, driving rock that has enough weirdness and rough edges that you love it. 
If you're on the fence, which is ridculous, get down from there, here's who played on this record and maybe that will help:
Mark Weddington - Days Of...
Justin Gray - Davidians, Double Negative, Garbageman
Brian Walsby - Snakenation, Shiny Beast, Erectus Monotone, Scared Straight, Davidians, Double Negative, Patty Duke Syndrome, Wwax, Polvo, and he fucking drew the cover of 7 Seconds 'Walk Together, Rock Together'...so...jesus.
David Sullivan - Red Fang, Shiny Beast, Last Of The Juanitas, Facedowninshit, and Party Time.

Solid fucking crew.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Galanas Cerdd / Soli Deo Gloria - Split 7"


Label: Moodswing
Year: 1997

If you spent any time in the underground music scene of Atlanta, Georgia in the early half of the 1990's, and were told "there's a new band with Kip, Bruce, Rick, and Mark" you would immediately know what you're in for. Those dudes had made a pretty unassailable collective resume of mathy, knotted, noise rock with their bands Fiddlehead (the original Fiddlehead), Freemasonry, Rebar, and Barrel up until that point. Honestly, some of the best music of the era. From anywhere. No shit. Galans Cerdd continued that trajectory with more Drive Like Jehu-esque propulsive interplay, and on this split 7" you get one song's worth. And it's a really good one song. Promise.
Soli Deo Gloria were also from Atlanta, and also forged a posthardcore path that could have easily found them on an Ebullition compilation alongside Amber Inn, Policy Of 3, Sinker, and the like. Instrumental, but with enough "oomph" to keep you engaged. They are also on a compilation we posted awhile back, but otherwise I don't believe they released anything else.

*sorry, I forgot the link in the original post

Festering Rinyanyons - Swimmin' Hole

Label: Train Wreck
Year: 1993

I think this punches our Festering Rinyanyons 7" dance card, as we have now posted all three ep releases form the band. And possibly we saved the best for last? 
Full tilt midwestern noise rock of the finest order, which very well could be seen as the highest order. The leader of the pack. Cracked and disjointed and wild-eyed...it's all there. Plus, a live Pussy Galore cover. What more do you need?!

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