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August 1st, 2012 - The return of Camp X-Ray

Twistworthy Records is happy to announce the return of Camp X-Ray!  Playing countless shows after the formation of the band in 2004 (including support slots with the likes of Lungfish, The Constantines, Naked Raygun, Wrangler Brutes, Toys That Kill, Matt & Kim as well as playing Fun Fun Fun Fest), CXR finally released their debut s/t 7" on Twistworthy Records during the summer of 2008 to favorable reviews.  The band broke up in 2009, but has now resurfaced again in 2012, and will return to action opening for one of our all-time favorites, Federation X from Bellingham, WA.  This show is not to be missed!

Posted on August 1st, 2012
July 16th, 2012: FLESH LIGHTS tour SHOW REVIEWS!

(photo courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan)

Music reviewers are often the worst.  I can say this, as I've been writing reviews in various zines off-and-on for the past 20 years. I know that i've written plenty of bad reviews over the years, sometimes totally unjustified, other times totally spot on. FLESH LIGHTS just got back from a tour supporting THE HIVES, and played to a bunch of people who have probably never heard of them, know what they're about, or ever been to the type of show they're used to playing. I wasn't at any of these shows, so I cannot say how accurate they are, but they sure are fun to read! Let's see what the internet blogosphere thought of the little band that could:

First things first, there's some good pics on Brooklyn Vegan from the Chicago show, here.  Everything else that follows, below, are direct quotes from various reviews around the internet world.


Flesh Points (sic) lack melody:

"Two bands opened the show, starting with a trio called Flesh Points (sic) from Austin, TX. They were impressive in their aggression and volume, but the lack of obvious melody in their songs reminded me how special bands like The Ramones, The Clash, Husker Du, Nirvana and Green Day were in their ability to blend noise and speed with enjoyable ear candy."  -via this guy.


"Kings Of Leon-esque shoes!!!":

"Before they could take the stage though, the audience had to sit through the opening acts.  Flesh Lights from Austin, Texas, played straight punk rock. They group traded off vocals between all three members quite successfully. And their rather grotesque name was reflected in their fast-and-dirty songs.  However, it was hard to take a punk band seriously when the guitarist/singer is dressed in a button-down green shirt, well-tailored jeans and Kings Of Leon-esque shoes; that's a look for a Bright Eyes opener. And, if the middle school "punks" I knew taught me anything, attitude and look is more important than anything else." -via acrn.com.  


Too Punk:

"The odds of catching a good opening band are slim to none, but I felt that Flesh Lights had a great energy to them. They may not have reinvented the wheel, but it was a fun blast of three-chord punk music. You really can’t go wrong there. The audience seemed to show them plenty of love, but perhaps it wasn’t the crowd for them. The Hives can get pretty crazy, no doubt, but Flesh Lights would’ve been better suited for maybe a Bouncing Souls or an Anti-Flag show." -via hobsnobbery.com


Now I know what to call them in front of my mom:

"The first band was the unfortunately named The Flesh Lights, which I will now refer to as FL because of how disgusting this band name is. Now, I’ve read a couple books on the 70s-80s underground punk scene with Steve Albini and The Minutemen and DIY, but unfortunately I was not there to experience what sounds like an amazing concert scene. I imagine FL’s set is something that would have fit perfectly in that era. They were genuine punk, not cleaned-up like The Hives. The lead singer/guitarist, who didn’t seem any older than I am, had a swagger like Albini, rolling around the stage, screaming, and ripping his guitar up all the while in khakis. Each band member even got a chance to sing, including the drummer who I figured had enough to deal with as it was, playing faster than I’ve seen anyone play in a while. When all was said and done, they were a lot of fun and it was a shame that the crowd wasn’t really responding." -via sounds-of-silva


Finally, a fair review:

"First opener flesh lights offered solidly crafted, slightly over-sincere punk rock featuring a guitarist who looked about twelve, but showed impressive playing skills."  -via musikati


Horrible name, "chick" drummer:

"The Vic Theater was halfway full when me and my buddies arrived, right as openers Flesh Light (horrible name, by the way) were kicking the night off. Hives frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist’s face was peering at us from from the backdrop from the start of the show, with his puppeteering fingers extended and teasing us while we waited patiently through the opening acts. Flesh Light are a Texas trio, featuring a Rickenbacker bass and Flying V guitar, and a chick drummer. Sorry, these are the things that stuck out to me about the band. Oh, and they all took turns singing lead, which I dig. They were full of energy, I’ll give them that, but not much else stuck out to me. Young punks playing young-punk music." -via punknews.org


Doom metal!!

"Openers Flesh Lights and Fidlar may be rude and crude, but once you get past the initial shock of one taking their name from a sex toy and the latter being an acronym for “Fuck It Dog Life’s a Risk,” they were actually quite enjoyable. Flesh Lights impressed in how they seemingly progressed from garage punk to doom metal, not to mention how all three members took turns singing lead, including the drummer!" -via musicemissions.com


If any of the people who wrote these reviews want to check out "Muscle Pop" CD/LP by the Flesh Lights and give it a fair shake, get in touch and i'll hook you up.

Posted on July 16th, 2012
June 22, 2012

NEW WEBSITE!

You're looking at the newly designed site.  Gone are the days of struggling my way through attempting to write html manually (aka copying everything from other sites), fucked up borders, Paypal buttons that I cannot line up correctly to save my life, and everything else that was wrong with the old site.  Finally.

I think people will like this and find it easy to use.  Built in carts are nice, as well as almost every release being streamable from the store page - just find the store page of the record you want to hear and you can stream the whole thing before you buy.

I have a little work to do with the photo gallery and some other pages that i'll be adding... but I wanted to get things rolling here first, and those updates will follow.


FLESH LIGHTS TOUR!


Flesh Lights are currently tearing up the east coast, playing shows with The Hives with a few non-Hives shows along the way.  I've been told that they're playing in front of anywhere from 500-1000 people every night and people are loving it.  Go see them if they haven't hit your town yet - they're on tour through July 2nd.... dates below.

June 14 2012 - Houston, TX - Walters w/ Sleuth, Knights Of The Fire Kingdom, Lengua
June 15 2012 - New Orleans, LA - Sibera w/ Missing Monuments, Manatees, Guitar Lightning
June 16 2012 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
June 17 2012 - Chapel Hill, NC - Bull City Records w/ Ben from Last Years Men
June 19 2012 - Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 20 2012 - Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 21 2012 - Asbury Park, NJ - TBA
June 22 2012 - New York, NY – Terminal 5 w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 23 2012 - Boston, MA – House of Blues w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 24 2012 - New York, NY - Fontana's - w/ Hector's Pets, Bobby Jealousy, Habibi, Shivery Shakes
June 25 2012 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 26 2012 - Toronto, ON – Sound Academy w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 27 2012 - Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargo w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 28 2012 - Detroit, MI - TBA
June 29 2012 - Milwaukee, WI - Basement Show - w/ Nasa Space Universe + 2 more
June 30 2012 - Chicago, IL – The Vic w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
July 1 2012 - Memphis, TN - Poplar Lounge w/ Modern Convience, Mouserocket
July 2 2012 - Denton, TX - TBA


WEIRD PARTY 7" OUT NOW!

We're having a little 7" Record Release party at SOUND EXCHANGE records in Houston TX on Thursday, June 28th.  You should come, it will be a nice, intimate time.  The opening act for this special show is none other than funny man, Ty Mahany.

 

The great blog Built On A Weak Spot was kind enough to review the record on their site.  Look at what they had to say, below:

Texas rockers Weird Party return with their second single Secret Lives of Menon Twistworthy Records, which features four new cuts this time around. Comprising mostly of former members of Fatal Flying Guilloteens and Sugar Shack, it’s undoubtedly always going to be a bit of a raucous affair when dealing with Weird Party. I recall on their debut single that they seemed to represent themselves with a sound more so leaning towards the FFG days, which was fine and all because they were definitely awesome, but I worried about them moving forward as such. It’s good to hear the band basically coming together here and venturing down a much more bluesy type of garage-rock path, with a couple dirty sounding burners that definitely give the sense that if you were to be hanging with these guys on any given night that it would spell drunken trouble. The final track on the b-side “Birth Spasms” seems to be doing it for me, with an added sense of evil thanks to a sampled in maniacal laugh during parts of the song. Like the energy here, and I imagine seeing these dudes live would be a pretty good time.

Buy yourself a copy of the record here.  Or two.

Posted on June 22nd, 2012
June 9th, 2012

June 9th, 2012:

WEIRD PARTY "The Secret Lives Of Men" 7" EP OUT NOW



Ex-members of the FATAL FLYING GUILLOTEENS (Estrus Records, Frenchkiss Records, GSL Records) and SUGAR SHACK (Estrus Records) bring you 4 songs of punk rock damage! Imagine the terseness of the Guilloteens mixed with the rock'n roll riffage of the mighty Sugar Shack covered in a layer of heavy… and you might have something close to WEIRD PARTY. This four song EP won't disappoint.

Click here to listen via band camp!

Posted on June 10th, 2012
May 21st, 2012

May 21st, 2012:

FLESH LIGHTS TOURING WITH THE HIVES!!

I'm proud and overjoyed to announce that the FLESH LIGHTS will be on the opening support slot with THE HIVES where noted below:

June 14 2012 - Houston, TX - Walters w/ Sleuth, Knights Of The Fire Kingdom, Lengua
June 15 2012 - New Orleans, LA - Sibera w/ Missing Monuments, Manatees, Guitar Lightning
June 16 2012 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
June 17 2012 - Chapel Hill, NC - Bull City Records w/ Ben from Last Years Men
June 19 2012 - Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 20 2012 - Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 21 2012 - Asbury Park, NJ - TBA
June 22 2012 - New York, NY – Terminal 5 w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 23 2012 - Boston, MA – House of Blues w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 24 2012 - New York, NY - Fontana's - w/ Hector's Pets, Bobby Jealousy, Habibi, Shivery Shakes
June 25 2012 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 26 2012 - Toronto, ON – Sound Academy w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 27 2012 - Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargo w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
June 28 2012 - Detroit, MI - TBA
June 29 2012 - Milwaukee, WI - Basement Show - w/ Nasa Space Universe + 2 more
June 30 2012 - Chicago, IL – The Vic w/ The HIVES, FIDLAR
July 1 2012 - Memphis, TN - Poplar Lounge w/ Modern Convience, Mouserocket
July 2 2012 - Denton, TX - TBA

Come out EARLY, and spread the word! If you can help out with any of these shows (meaning, the ones without the HIVES), please get in touch!

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FLESH LIGHTS "Muscle Pop" CD version!!!

That's right, we're putting out "Muscle Pop" on CD. CD's are a dead format - trust me, I know this… but it's going to be damn cool regardless. They will be ready for the tour with THE HIVES, so look out for them! I'll add them to the website soon!

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The Weird Party 7" and The Best 7" are going to be out soon! Just waiting for the vinyl to be pressed! Can't wait!! Along with these releases, I'll be launching the new Twistworthy Records webstore as well. SOON!

Posted on June 10th, 2012