Monday, November 12, 2018

Last Stand of The Roach Motel

The Roach Motel,
Decatur Alabama
Saturday June 23rd

This was an all day event that began at 2pm. I wasn't able to get there until about 6, just as X.Y. Spaces was beginning. The Roach Motel is located in a storage unit, a long one, it's almost in the center. If you go in one side there's a print shop, you can go through into the venue space that also has an exit that lets you out the other side. It's a spacious area with a stage and sound equipment, the only problem is it's a metal tin can with nowhere for the sound to escape. I saw 5 bands and each of them put on terrific shows full of heart, audience participation and gimmicks. X.Y. Spaces had lamp light, which created great shadows in the room, the singer Brady also passed out headshots of himself for people to distribute around town, in hopes he will get discovered. Avowed all wore Hawaiian shirts, and Meadows had matching plain hunter green. They were great performances that had a lot of thought, practice, and effort in them. The audience in Decatur does not mosh, instead they.. I guess thrash about one at a time with fists of fury and high kicks, it looked super dangerous and made me uncomfortable, however they seemed accustomed to one another and each did their little "release". Random Conflict was straight up great as always, the owner of The Roach Motel got on stage and sang with them and made sure to point out what Alabama legends they are. Last I saw Katabasis. They were lights, metal, performance, flowing hair, deep screams, melodic singing, and an odd guitar, it was missing its head. They were very on point with one another, I hope to see them again. I missed seeing Widowmaker, because I could not physically hear another band in the space. Overall it was a good time, with what appeared to be a good turnout, I saw lots of new faces and talked with folks, our region needs an all ages venue is a definite consensus, because once again I made it just in time to experience a final show at a closing venue. 
-Salina Brilla

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Artificial Devices

The ground under the underground has new rumblings troubling it’s sedentary haunches yet again. Whispers in the fissures that spread like a network of veins, carrying lifeblood to organs that go unsung, unacknowledged, unnoticed. The ones that, while not sexy, sensual, suckable and able to be wrapped tightly in spandex, leather, (or some other textile of ill-repute)etc. would most certainly be the cause of much agony and suffering, should they fail. Those aforementioned rumblings almost seem to speak, like the vague, breathy utterings of a supposed specter caught on tape. And while the power of suggestion is almost without fail used to decode what these tormented spirits who are incapable of crossing over are supposedly saying, one name has been colloquially agreed upon as being clear as the proverbial bell:


What does it mean? More metal than man. More man than machine. Something incapable of setting a course, but unable to stop plowing through every barrier put up in its path once it is off and running. Back in the golden age of theatre attendance and home video rental, you’d hear the tagline “COMING SOON TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU!” Well, we are going to do a minor alteration here, and simply entice/threaten you with “COMING SOON TO A VENUE NEAR YOU!” Keep yer peepers peeled kids.
-Jackson A.D.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: Abusements - "Feelin' Cheated?/Sex Cult" "Space Nazis/Florida Man" Review

Yeah, I know the Abusements are from Montgomery, AL, but where did this band come from??
Punk-rock that is snotty, fast, fun as hell, and smart. Don't get me wrong. This isn't music that makes ya think. This is music for folks that are tired of thinking. We know things are fucked-up and the world is silly so let's bounce around to take our minds off of it. Or, more specifically, let's make fun of it. Let's poke a stick at it. Singles like "Feelin' Cheated?/Sex Cult" and "Space Nazis/Florida Man" are hilarious sing-a-long danceable ditties that are hard for any self-disrespecting mohawk sticker-upper to ignore. As for which 45 is the essential purchase, I gotta go with "Space Nazis". Both songs are hilarious and just made to blast at the neighbors. The good news is that their upcoming full-length, IRRITAINMENT!, is shaping up to be ever better! Check out the promo vid for that album's "Troll Farm" for further proof! -Harmless

*This review originally appeared in GAD! Zine issue 18. A review of IRRITAINMENT, as well as GAD! Zine issue 19's interview with the Abusements, will appear on this site very soon!

Abusements on Facebook

Abusements - "Troll Farm" Music Video on YouTube

Monday, October 29, 2018

Review: Swiss Army Brat - Toxic Shock Syndrome

By now I hope everyone has got to see SAB play live, and if you haven’t yet, hellfire, you need to. Now on to their first release. I’m going to tell you all right now, outright, that if you plan on putting out any new punk / metal /rock 'n' roll all original local music this year, sorry, it’s too late, this is the best album of the year. The song writing is tight, the harmonies are perfect, the musicianship, the production (by Michael Bret Gore) is outstanding. Swiss Army Brat have unleashed an incredible album that will surprise you, and make you happy. From the opening rocker “You, You, You” to the double-whammy closers of “Kill” and “No Shit,” this is THE release of the year. And the CD comes with a surprise that throws the middle finger and a wink at the same time. Hellalujah! -Alabama Sharp

Friday, October 26, 2018

A New Direction (But An Obvious One)

    Yeah, yeah. You haven't heard much from us lately, at least not on this site. Part of the reason for this is that we've been plenty busy tangled up in other forms of communication.

    Jay Dubya Hyde, Andy Smith, and I have started a couple of podcasts. The GAD!Cast is a podcast centered around the three of us talking about creating art (our bands, our zines, this site), local art (musicians, writers, visual artists, etc.), and just whatever interests us (comics, video games, movies, calling each other stupid). In general, GAD!Cast is weekly and appears on YouTube, Soundcloud, and the podcast app.

    Our other podcast is GAD!Cast Radio, and it airs every
Thursday night at 8:30 pm Central on We play a ton of music. Most of it local. All of it excellent. You still get our inane chatter but in smaller doses and with music in between to cleanse the pallet. We highly recommend that ya'll check out PoDunk Radio. They play lots of punk rock 24-7 and have several excellent shows, like our fave, Sick Boys Radio.


    Aside from those projects, we've put out two issues of our physical GAD!Zine just a month apart from one another. Normally, we aim for releasing ever other month, but Issue 18 was delayed and Issue 19 (with a limited edition color cover) was promised for our annual GAD!Fest, which will be tomorrow. So we had to get that one out in time.

      So what is GAD!Fest? It's an annual music experience that is slightly different every year that Salina Brilla makes happen to help earn money for the aforementioned print zine. While the events
vary, three things are always present:

1. Killer music
2. Lots of Zines
3. FUN

    This year's GAD!Fest is on October 27th at SideTracks Music Hall in Huntsville, AL. The show starts at 9pm, right after Art Hops Rocket City Punk Rock Flea Market. That's another event that we highly recommend and are proud to associate with. Only $5 at the door. Gotta be 19 or up to get in. So what does this year's GAD!Fest have in store for us?

Tiger Helicide (featuring yours truly)
The Dirty Scavengers
The Devil's Got A Hold On Me

PLUS: The Rocket City Vampire Pageant

PLUS PLUS!!: A raffle with a bunch of cool stuff! 

OH YEAH, AND: GAD!Zine Issue 19 with the limited edition cover. We've only made 100 of these things and we numbered them. The only way to get one is to go the show. By the way, the zine is FREE!

    Now that all that's outta the way, you may be asking, "What does any of this have to do with the title of this article?". Everything, sorta. In the the past, we've posted articles, reviews, and interviews (mostly taken from the print zine). We will, of course continue to do that, but additionally, we will be including more pieces like this. Blog Posts and Updates, essentially. We try to have a strong presence on social media, but we recognize that not everyone is interested in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We don't need to be dependent on one or two formats to share our message, anyway.

    And what is that message?

Independent art is everywhere and you can do it, too.   -Harmless

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: PDERRIGERREO - I'm In a Bad

    The first tune on I'm In a Bad kinda reminds me of Active Ingredients or Atom and His Package (that is, if Atom had friends). The songs that follow are even more chaotic, with rowdy banjo and god-knows-what-else bangin' and clangin'. Accordion? There's crazy indie ditties and drunken crowd back-up vox. What genre is this? Um.... D.I.Y. party-farm? Dunno if they'd admit it, but there's some skilled and interesting musicianship going on with these folks! One of the few weirdo acts that truly offers a variety of sounds and ideas. This is literally one of those cases where if ya don't like one song, you can just keep listening and you might love the next. I love 'em all. -Harmless



Saturday, July 21, 2018

Review: Skeptic? Hornet's Nest

Skeptic? - Hornet's Nest
Birmingham's Skeptic? has been punk rockin' since 2001, and they've never put out a bad release. Band members and longtime fans may have their opinions, but I think it's difficult to call anything they've done less than bad ass. Regardless of fidelity (or maybe the occasional lack thereof) of some recordings, Skeptic? has never failed to get the blood pumping. I chalk that invulnerability to two things: Barron's snarling society-is-an-asshole voice and the band's potent speedy energy. Those attributes have been enough to carry the listener and can cut through just about anything. Skeptic?'s latest full-length, however, finally gives us a near-perfect blend of live enthusiasm and studio depth. What that means is that you get what records were meant to be in the first place: not only a documentation or art as sound, but the closest thing to being THERE. Kudos to Aaron Greene (A New Kind Of Hero) for his excellent sound and recording at his legendary and well-missed Syndicate Lounge. Between his work and the mixing of Emanual Ellinas and the mastering of guitarist Tim, I think there were just enough right folks involved who could say, "I know what this band fuckin' sounds like!" The bass thumps and attacks. The drums rattle the stage (your brain stage!). And the guitar blasts and sometimes even shreds, maaaaaan. The music hammers home every damn lyric. Every song is fast and potent and angry and mocking and fun. They even bash away at a Woody Guthrie tune! Desperate times call for great Skeptic? records. -Harmless

Skeptic? – Hornet’s Nest
Me, I’m from the late 70s, early 80s era of punk and hardcore. It’s a hard era to replicate, because of it’s immediacy and earnestness. So here is Skeptic?, Birmingham’s finest, and one of the finest hardcore bands to fill those empty shoes of days gone by. And they do it. Blistering. Vocals that would get a head nod from Jello. Not an ounce of fat on it. If this don’t make you get up and smash into somebody or something, then hellfire, you’re bound to lose. - Alabama Sharp