BEATNIKS is a punk band in Oakland, featuring members of Violent Change, Life Stinks,
The World and Andy Human & The Reps. BEATNIKS are serious: they don’t watch TV.
Here’s what people have to say about the BEATNIKS demo tape:
“…Great downer rock n’ roll / proto-punk for fans of Charles Manson (the cult leader, not the musician) and hand-rolled cigarettes…disgusted crooner vocals and a desperate urban feel.”
-Alex from France (MRR)
“Heavy KBD/protopunk influence (think Penetrators, early Gizmos etc.) combined with occasional synth weirdness, and more or less devoid of the novelty aspects of those sounds.
With great sarcastic lyrics and simple riffs, BEATNIKS are full of snot and stomp and will fuck you up if you were to challenge them to a throw down. Whether they’d stick you with a switchblade or zap you with a raygun is unclear, but either way, BEATNIKS WIN, YOU LOSE!” -Vinnie Barrett
FRIED EGG have been one of Central Virginia’s most exciting and original hardcore punk acts to watch over the past couple of years. Their style has a very contemporary feel, yet manages to stand out based on consistently inventive songwriting that is matched with the finesse and power that belongs in the hardcore punk genre. “BACK AND FORTH” boasts four new cuts (tracked live including vocals for anyone keeping score) that truly stand out from the pack. From the precise and original guitar lines to the absolute wrecking crew of a rhythm section, FRIED EGG have produced an EP that commands your attention – a stark, original effort that obliterates any generic, poorly recorded garbage in its way. Need we say more?
The band lurches through two chords while their singer Amber screams her fucking head off about all the shit she can’t afford. The band ramps up their energy through the two paltry minutes of this ripper until it’s on the verge of falling apart. It has an instantly classic sound that feels pure and raw in all the best ways. Without a doubt, it’s easily one of top five favorite songs of the year. That’s a hard act to follow, but “Gridlock” is also a ripper about being stuck in traffic. VIOLENCE CREEPS is lurchy, slow, destructive, pissed-the-fuck-off and perfectly raw. The soundtrack to losing your goddamn mind.” – Maximumrockandroll
NORTH IS EVERYWHERE