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YUPPIES – s/t

YUPPIES s/tBoredom. It’s all around us — in our classrooms, at the park, in our bedrooms, choking up our thoughts and actions like static on the TV screen. Disaffected youth toss cigarette butts into the streets in front of the local 7-11, spitting half-baked rhymes at passersby while their parents cower in cubicles, scratching their heads in the composition of a late-night email. Mid-level camaraderie congresses around the coffee pot at noon and there’s talk of prime rib and real estate and ‘the market’. In Omaha, Nebraska, no one knows boredom with more intimacy than Yuppies. In the summer of 2007, Jack Begley, Kevin Donahue and Noah Sterba came together very deliberately to end their boredom forever by performing punk rock live to a basement of kids who were bored just like them. With the addition of Jeff Sedrel on the bass in 2010 and a tour-heavy three years to follow, the rawness of their particular cut of rock n’ roll gristle was cooked through in the form of a self-titled debut on Dull Tools, a label run by fellow no-wave drill sergeant Andrew Savage (Parquet Courts). Vocalist Jack Begley forewarns listeners that we’re going for a ride, whether you like it or not, and nothing cures boredom like a swift kick to the gut and a crash test to the tympanic threshold. The sprawling, screeching manifesto to all that is death-proof in punk rock is recorded almost entirely in one take, lurching into song after song without ever skidding to a stop until we passengers throw the record out the window. It’s a flesh-singing, ball-tearing scrap of angular rock n’roll damage and it fuckin’ rules. Grip your copy of Yuppies through the label or check out their bandcamp next time boredom strikes, ’cause not all idle hands can work the blood and sweat out of an electric guitar like these Nebraskan devils can.

 

 

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Loud Rock Charts: 5/28

How rad are three-day weekends? Instead of putting off work until Sunday, everyone gets an extra day to regret not doing a single productive thing. Now that you’re well rested, you can check out this week’s new music! Remember The Locust? Even better, remember when current Retox vocalist, Justin Pearson, pulled the best gag on reality TV?

Fans of any past Pearson projects  (music and pranks alike) or just good Punk/Hardcore, be sure to check out Retox’s new album YPLL. If you can, be sure to catch this band live and hopefully you can come close to breaking your nose like I almost did last time they came around.

ADDS:

1 RETOX YPLL Epitaph
2 HAVOK Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
3 BLOOD CEREMONY The Eldritch Dark Rise Above
4 TESSERACT Altered State
5 DIO Finding The Sacred Heart Eagle Rock

 

 

CHARTS:

1 DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN One Of Us Is The Killer Sumerian
2 ANVIL Hope In Hell The End
3 ORCHID The Mouths Of Madness Nuclear Blast
4 ENTRAILS Raging Death Metal Blade
5 DEMON LUNG Hundredth Name Candlelight
6 DELAIN Interlude Napalm
7 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
8 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
9 VEHEMENT SERENADE The Things That Tear You Apart Fast Break
10 MY DYING BRIDE The Manuscript Peaceville