Archive for April, 2008

The Ergs “Upstairs/Downstairs”

Lots of bands dream of becoming a great punk band, a great pop band,or a great hardcore band. But the truly great bands, the ones that come along and alter the course of music, can never be pigeonholed into just one genre. You don’t want to listen to the same type of music all the  time, so why would a band wnt to drone through songs that all sound the same?

The Ergs have the talent to play outside the lines. The New Jersey-based trio draws influences from the strongest sections of the  SST catalog, pop punk in the vein of both Ramones and Descendents, country, and even jazz. When listening to The Ergs, prepare to have your definition of pop punk challenged. As a band, everything goes; As
listeners, everyone wins.

High Tension Wires “Midnight Cashier”

High Tension Wires is an all star Texas band featuring Mike Wiebe (Riverboat Gamblers), Mark Ryan (Marked Men), Chris Pulliam (The Reds), and Mike Throneberry (Marked Men, who on this album replaces Jeff Burke, also of the Marked Men).     After numerous delays owing to the band members’ busy schedules and Dirtnap’s general incompetence, High Tension Wires finally release their long awaited follow up album. Midnight Cashier finds the band moving in a slightly darker, weirder, more diverse direction while keeping their tightly wound punchy 77 style punk intact. You’re going to love this record, we swear.