This song, “Motivation Complex”, is a stunning, reverse-chord DIY artpunk wonder from 1979 Texas that it pains me to only just be hearing for the first time this year. What a find. Farfisa, lo-fi surf chug, female vocals and just the hazy sort of off-base punk rock weirdness that we love over here at the ‘Hemorrhage.
These are in fact the same Delinquents who later made a record with Lester Bangs when he moved to Austin and drank himself to death.
Exciting news to kick February off in fine style. One of the globe’s most smoking bands, Austin’s SPRAY PAINT, released their new album today – and for those of you who (unlike me) weren’t willing to pay through the nose for their two out-of-print and extremely limited 45s – you can now download both the new album and both singles for $9.99 on iTunes. I just did.
Naturally, there are still options available for vinyl and even CD lovers.
SPRAY PAINT are a frantic, noisy, jittery, minimalist art/splatter/punk band who incorporate elements of The A-Frames, Urinals/100 Flowers, Minutemen and – of course – much of their own bag. I suspect that now than more than 300 people at a time can hear them, they’ll make more of the proverbial splash than they did this past year. Top up that iTunes account and check it out here.
SILVER SHAMPOO are a Texan band whom I’ve seen described as bubblegum biker punk; given their proclivity for biker imagery on their covers & in their lyrics, I think I can accept that. They’ve got an onrushing whoosh of big, ramalama-style sound, coated in a layer of poor fidelity and mega-amped guitar. The songs are exceptionally simple and straight-up, with weird time-signature changes and lots of blank space when the situation demands it. No other band sounds quite like this, and that’s why I like ‘em.
I was really into “Sonny Barger” on their debut 45 from 2010; this one, “Insect Eyes” is from 2011’s “Higher and Higher” LP. All Silver Shampoo songs have this odd quirk in which the singer follows the music with his lyrically enunciations; in other words, when the pitch changes on a riff, so does the vocal pitch, which follows that riff exactly. Total lack of imagination that only underscores how primitive and raw this stuff is. The cover of the album is pretty great as well – it’ll be too small to see on this post so I’ll post it in blazing color right after this.
This is a smoking early piece of Texas punk in the “KBD” style from a lost band called BOY PROBLEMS. I found it on a 7" bootleg comp I bought many years ago called “Sacred Cattle”, and if you believe what you read here, the track is not even called “Participation” at all, but rather “Precipitation”.
I’d date it at about 1979 or 1980, tops. What do you think?