The Anti-bodies Release New Single, “The Mist” (Punk Rock)

Happy Wednesday!

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Album art is one of my big attractions to punk-rock and this is tops.

A few months ago Izzy from The Anti-bodies facebook added me, and he has a STRIKING resemblance to a friend I had lost contact with ages ago. (1)  So naturally I accepted the invitation immediately and started messaging, so embarrassingly, this Izzy guy things like “MATT FOX! How did you find me?! You fucking legend, where the hell have you been all these years? Last I heard from you, you were in the Amazon collecting rare spiders and planning a trip to Madagascar.” (2)

Dude doesn’t message back for a while.  Like days.  Maybe a week. However, I am not deterred because that would be pretty typical of Matt Fox.  Dude has never been…reliably reachable.  I send more messages about what I’ve been up to for the last 10 years or so (hoboing, traveling, loving and breaking my own heart, getting back into school, studying in England, etc.)  Still no reply.  Few more days pass.

Finally, Izzy is like, “I’m not sure if you’re who I think am…”.  If it wasn’t for Izzy being in a kick-ass punk band, I would very likely have unfriended him out of embarrassment. However we kept talking and I communicated the reasons for my confusion and then I got around to listening to their music and it’s fucking great.

The Anti-bodies describe themselves as follows:

We play punk rock songs about life, love, the undead, beings from outerspace and secret laboratory experiments gone wrong.

-The Anti-bodies bandcamp bio

 

They’re basically everything I love about punk rock: weird/slightly gross cartoon-style album art, songs named after classic horror films, songs themed around cosmic and

existential horrors, and a female lead singer (as I’ve mentioned in one of my articles about my favourite band, The Creepshow “Women singer voices tend to fit better in my ear than men’s, though that is not to say I don’t like male singers, it’s just my preference.”).

 

 

 

 

They just released a new single, “The Mist,” which is excellent and is downloadable for $1 USD.

You can find more of their music at their bandcamp page.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Matt Fox is one of those types who no matter what he is doing with his life, no matter how wild or crazy, would not entirely surprise me.  “New York? In a punk rock band? Never seen you play an instrument but I can buy it.”
  2. “Fin Louie” is a nom de plume and the same one I use for my facebook.  However Matt Fox is one of those wild cards who would find you if he wanted to and he wouldn’t tell you how just insisting it was magic or something.
  3. These are all things Matt Fox has done/did.  Dude was wild.  I have stories about the guy involving things like “The Secret Pie Pact” and “Anarchy Dodge ball”.  He was…something else.  Matt Fox: if you’re reading this, for fuck’s sake get in touch.
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Koo Koo Kanga Roo! (interview)

Happy Wednesday!

First I want to thank Valeria Quinn for the links to some bonus Mega-Ran song!

It’s pretty tight, I liked it a lot.  Feel free to leave music recommendations.  FAIR WARNING: I have at least 2 more interviews for the nerdcore series and a couple of bands to follow up on first but I am open to suggestions!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo! is a fun duo and put on an excellent show.

When they came up on stage, in their gold sneakers and gold fanny/bum packs (worn on the front), they put on some music and had been warming up and told the crowd “We are a dance along kind of show” which was followed by instructions for the crowd to learn some dance moves, one maybe two and all pretty easy, per song starting with a warm up song.  I wish I could remember their line up however here are some fun songs by them:

Dinosaur Stomp

I’m pretty sure this is the first song they opened with.

Pancakes for Dinner

I know they played this one.

Fanny Pack

I remember this one was particularly funny since in the UK fanny…doesn’t mean the same thing as it does in the US.

And here’s the interview:

  1. Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally? (As many answers as you want, don’t worry about restricting yourself to one source).

    We like any group or band or performer that puts on a great live experience. We started the band after seeing bands like Dance Band, Zibra Zibra, of Montreal and the Flaming Lips.

  2. Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?

    Always liked music and wanted to be apart of it some how. Didn’t know how until college.

  3. What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)

    Just the fact that we are still doing this crazy little project is cool to us, but feel like there are still bigger things we want to get to.

  4. What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)

    I want to have a pocket of gummi bears always loaded up. Fully stocked at all times.

  5. If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?

    I would go into the Mighty Ducks universe and hang with the team. Maybe be their water boy.

Thanks. Answers from Bryan in Koo Koo Kanga Roo. 
 
Bryan

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Big thank you goes to Koo Koo Kanga Roo for playing along!

If you liked this or have a music recommendation feel free to leave a comment and share.

The Creepshow (band)

Ugggh…I’m sorry my friend but today is not a happy day, after last night’s elections I’m not particularly happy however I’m not surprised.  However this is not a political commentary blog (yet? no…I’m not ready to start loosing friends and alienating people) so

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! <–I’m trying guys

the-creepshow

Possibly my all time favourite album cover art.

Welcome to my first music related post.  Well, technically it’s my second my first being MC Chris is Legit which I mostly did because MC was on tour and I really like that guy and it totally wasn’t a shameless trending-social-media-style cry for attention.  However this is my first post in a new series I’m posting on Wednesdays about bands I like listening to mostly when reading/writing, but not exclusively those bands.  Depending on reactions, I might include pod-cast reviews(1) or consider doing a separate series for that, someday maybe(2).

This being my first post, I wanted to showcase one of my favourite bands to not only give you a taste of what the things put in my ears but also I didn’t have time to investigate the Vitamin String Quartet, sorry Hannah, the wonderful writer at 2b or not 2b writing tips, but this will be next week’s feature. I promise.

The band in question is a Canadian band called The Creepshow. Since forming in 2005 this psychobilly has put out 4 albums, a Halloween single, all under 3 different lead singers.
I was first introduced to this band by one of my chefs, when I used to work in a culinary kitchen which is exactly as scary as it sounds and not at all as exciting as people generally tend to think (3), a monster of a man at 6’5″ (195.6cm) and covered head to toe(4) in tattoos and a very large number of piercings.  Strangely enough, his self description of looking like a “Tatted up George Clooney” was surprisingly accurate and somehow coming from him it wasn’t overly arrogant.  A very interesting man to say the least.  I think he went on to pursue a band full time, but I’ve lost touch with him.  I hope I can convince him to let me do a profile of his band for the blog.  Regardless one late night, he was playing his ipod on shuffle and this song, Sleep Tight, which was a love ballad style song with a dark twist.  What most attracted me was Sarah Blackwood’s voice.  Women singer voices tend to fit better in my ear than mens’, though that is not to say I don’t like men singers it’s just my preference.  I could go on and on about how they’ve evolved as a band and how each of the 3 lead singers have left their stylistic mark on the band’s music but I’ll let that be up to you to discover and discuss in the comments.  The following is a list of their albums and my favourite songs from each album.  Continue reading