The Cheeps and Firetrucs
Soooo I click a few artists and here are the 1st 2 bands I snagged:
The Cheeps, "The Cheeps" released 2004- Holy shit this is some great raw Rock 'n Fuckin' Roll. Definatly reminds me of New Bomb Turks/Humpers/Strokes. These guys are from Washington state and this self titled release came out in the later part of '04 on Slovenly Recordings/ www.slovenly.com . These guys are definatly not fucking around when it comes to beer soaked good times. The guys have a keyboard and horn player too keeping the sound very original from the latest glam-dolls re-tread stuff that has been coming out as of late. Check them out and if you are to d/l any track I'd say make sure you get "Don't Cry For Me" and "Cold Cold Cookie". Oh yeah...devine garage rock!
The Firetrucs, "Hovercraft LP" released 2002 - Its been out for a bit I guess but I never heard of them before which was my miss for sure. The bad news is I found them clasified as "emo" - which honestly is a stretch. I really thought I was listening to the Meices again to be honest. Their tounge-in-cheek lyrics and the louder than life 3 piece sound reminds my of the now-defunct Bay Area band. There are so many crazy-catchy pop songs like their, "Hats off to (rivers) Cuomo" track:
"...When is summer comming back.. I still got my marshall stacks... all my friends their smoking crack...and I reeeally want you baaack."
A fun tribute(?) to Weezer - I don't really care - its just great to be bopping your head to a lyric with the word "crack" in it if you ask me. Nope, I wouldn't say Tony Parks (guitar/vocals) is a lyrical master - but thats not the point - the band has enough gems in there to clearly call them heavypoppunk tunesmiths. They are from the Twin Cities area, don't clearly know on what label, nor do I know if they are still around..but I want more!