Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 Questions with John Wayne’s Bitches

John Wayne’s Bitches is a female fronted (3/4 female to be exact) punk rock band from Norman, OK.  The band’s debut EP, Bitched Out, is available via Amazon and BandCamp.

This interview was conducted via email with lead guitarist Kate Khoas, July 4-7, 2014.

For more information on the band check out their Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, MySpace, and BandCamp pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Katie Khaos:  Cathy Carter and I were in love with The Germs. We both wanted to start a band, and we just decided to do it. We recruited Summer Graham to play bass and Jaysie Sherrod to play drums. Summer and Jaysie had never played bass or drums before, and Cathy had never been in a band. We practiced twice a week in Jaysie's spare bedroom and it eventually came together.

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name John Wayne’s Bitches?

Katie:  We used to hang out at Buzz's Subs, and there was a plaque on the wall with the names of all of John Wayne's movies. We were trying to pick a name off the list, but we couldn't agree on which one. I got frustrated and said that we should just be John Wayne's Bitches. It stuck.

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Katie:  Motorhead + Bikini Kill = John Wayne's Bitches

Dave:  Last December you released your debut EP Bitched Out.  What’s the story behind the record?

Katie:  Modern Peasant Records wanted to put out a 7" with us, so we picked out four songs and recorded them at Bell Labs with Trent Bell. We'd been playing as a band for almost five years and had never released anything, so we were really grateful for that opportunity.

Dave:  Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record?  What are some of your favorite places to play?

Katie:  We've been on the road a lot this summer. We love playing at The Opolis and The Hilo locally, and Wits End and Crown & Harp in Dallas have been great to work with. More than anything, we LOVE doing house shows. There's nothing better than 50 sweaty people dancing in your friend's living room or basement. That's how real community is built.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Katie:  There's not any one way we write songs. Sometimes I write them, sometimes Naomi does, sometimes we all work together. Just depends on the day and the song. We vote on everything before we add it to the set, so everyone has a chance to say what they really think of it. We're pretty egalitarian.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Katie:  It's definitely thriving! We've got bands like Other Lives opening for Radiohead, Samantha Crain is touring internationally, big things are happening here. The only thing I could ask for is more all-ages venues and more collaboration between genres. I love going to shows with different musical styles on the same bill.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Katie:  I'll go with albums.
1. "Worlds Apart" by The Subhumans
2. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie
3. "Nebraska" by Bruce Springsteen
4. "Pussy Whipped" by Bikini Kill
5. "Total Exposure" by Poison Girls

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Katie:  We plan on writing and recording a new full length this winter, and we'll probably book a real tour after that.

Dave:  Any final thoughts? 

Katie:  We came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum... And we're all out of bubblegum...

Monday, July 07, 2014

On the Fringes Podcast 7/7

This was a week of double-shots on On the Fringes.

01.  "Jane" by The Loved Ones (from Keep Your Heart)
02.  "Pretty Good Year" by The Loved Ones (from Build & Burn)
03.  "Their Own Medicine" by Off With Their Heads (from In Desolation)
04.  "Take Me Out" by Off With Their Heads (from Home)
05.  "Acheron River" by The Lawrence Arms (from Metropole)
06.  "The First Eviction Notice" by The Lawrence Arms (from Apathy And Exhaustion)
07.  "Dan's Song" by Frank Turner (from Poetry of the Deed)
08.  "The Way I Tend to Be" by Frank Turner (from Tape Deck Heart)
09.  "For Show" by Polar Bear Club (from Death Chorus)
10.  "Living Saints" by Polar Bear Club (from Summer of George)
11.  "In The City" by The Jam (from In The City)
12.  "Going Underground" by The Jam (from Greatest Hits)
13.  "Alphabet City" by Two Cow Garage (from The Wall Against Our Back)
14.  "No Shame" by Two Cow Garage (from Three)
15.  "Pumpkin Pie Haircuts" by Lilac Daze (from Creatures of Habit)
16.  "Fountain and Medicine" by Lilac Daze (from Sedated)
17.  "Thought Senseless" by Cheap Girls (from Famous Graves)
18.  "Ft. Lauderdale" by Cheap Girls (from My Roaring 20s)
19.  "Johnny On The Spot" by Texas Is The Reason (from Do You Know Who You Are?)
20.  "If It's Here When We Get Back, It's Ours" by Texas Is The Reason (from Texas Is The Reason)
21.  "A Wave That Wants To Be The Sea" by Songs For Snakes (from Year of the Snake)
22.  "St. Mary" by Songs For Snakes (from Charcoal Heather)
23.  "I Don't Wanna Say Goodbye to You" by Masked Intruder (from M.I.)
24.  "Valerie is Getting Married" by Masked Intruder (from The Wedding)
25.  "Brand New Love" by Sebadoh (from Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock)
26.  "Ocean" by Sebadoh (from Harmacy)
27.  "Lonely Girl" by Hudson Falcons (from Desire to Burn)
28.  "Jersey City Streets" by Hudson Falcons (from La Famiglia)
29.  "I Apologize" by Husker Du (from New Day Rising)
30.  "These Important Years" by Husker Du (from Warehouse: Songs And Stories)
31.  "No Exception" by Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves (from Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves)
32.  "Dream In My Head" by Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves (from Canyons)
33.  "No Culture Icons" by The Thermals (from More Parts Per Million)
34.  "A Pilar of Salt" by The Thermals (from The Body, The Blood, The Machine)
35.  "Cutesy Monster Man" by Iron Chic (from Not Like This)
36.  "Bogus Journey" by Iron Chic (from The Constant One)

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Monday, June 30, 2014

On the Fringes Podcast 6/30

Here's the tracklisting and podcast link to this week's episode of One the Fringes.  Also please check out the 24/7 version of On the Fringes here.

01.  "Punk Or Lust" by Beach Slang (from Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?)
02.  "Fountain and Medicine" by Lilac Daze (from Sedated)
03.  "Tonight Ain't Gonna Be No Good" by Lucero (from That Much Further West)
04.  "Serious Things" by Cayetana (from Nervous Like Me)
05.  "Hold Fast" by Banner Pilot (from Souvenir)
06.  "Pretend We're Dead" by L7 (from Bricks Are Heavy)
07.  "Solider's Requiem" by Naked Raygun (from Jettison)
08.  "I'm Old" by Edmonton (from Walk It Off)
09.  "Standing By Yourself" by 7 Seconds (from Leave A Light On)
10.  "Back Seat" by Terminus City (from Justice Isn't Always Fair)
11.  "Let's Get Old" by Ex Friends (from Rules For Making Up Words)
12.  "Alone In Memphis" by Austin Lucas (from Stay Reckless)
13.  "The Only Thing" by The Hold Steady (from Teeth Dream)
14.  "Need You Around" by Smoking Popes (from Born to Quit)
15.  "Anyone Can Do It" by The Fingers (from Losers Take All)
16.  "Rollin' And Tumblin'" by The Gaslight Anthem (from Get Hurt)
17.  "Mary" by The Pavers (from Wrecking Ball)
18.  "Seventeener (17th And 37th)" by The Lawrence Arms (from Metropole)
19.  "Good Things" by The Friday Prophets (from Bits & Pieces)
20.  "Addiction" by Tilt (from Been Where? Did What?)
21.  "Sally, I've Been Shot" by Two Cow Garage (from Sweet Saint Me)
22.  "Ugly" by Violent Femmes (from Violent Femmes [Deluxe Edition] Disc 1)
22.  "How The Turntables" by Mosey Jones (from Spinning)
23.  "Another Night" by One Man Army (from Last Word Spoken)
24.  "Runner" by Re-Volts (from Re-Volts)
25.  "Amazing Grace" by Cheap Girls (from Famous Graves)
26.  "Slow Fade Pictures" by Teenage Fanclub (from Man Made)
27.  "Your Revolution Song" by Mark Lind & The Unloved (from The Truth Can Be Brutal)
28.  "Over It" by Dinosaur Jr. (from Farm)
29.  "Waisting Away" by Direct Hit! (from Direct Hit! / The Priceduifkes Split)
30.  "Same Disease" by Dave Hause (from Devour)
31.  "Gave My Heart Out" by Chuck Ragan (from Till Midnight)
32.  "Michigan" by Candy Hearts (from All The Ways You Let Me Down)
33.  "Weekend Girls" by Kurt Baker (from Brand New Beat)
34.  "Think Again" by Minor Threat (from Complete Discography)
35.  "I Don't Know You Anymore" by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin)
36.  "Raised in the City" by The Replacements (from Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash [Deluxe Edition])

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

EP Review: ‘Spinning’ by Mosey Jones

Title:  Spinning (BandCamp)
Artist:  Mosey Jones (Facebook, Tumblr, BandCamp,

Mosey Jones’ latest EP Spinning is a fun, four-song romp of ‘90s influenced punk/indie rock.  Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the power trio has been playing music, seriously at least, since 2011 having released a full-length record, a live album, and four EPs.  Spinning’s four songs are catchy and fun power pop that sounds like it was born from a steady diet of The Rentals, that dog, Guided By Voices, and Sunny Day Real Estate.  The record’s standout moment is “How The Turntables” with its dual lead vocals provided by guitarist/vocalist Eamon McMullen and drummer/vocalist Caitlin McMullen.  The backbone of the EP is Eamon’s slightly snotty (but not in a Billie Joe Armstrong kind of way) vocals and lazy, fuzzy guitar work the combination of both create a vibe that is easy going and relaxed while fun counterbalancing the often dark and pained lyrics.  The EP’s closing track “Hello, Again” is another standout, with its upbeat riff and hook. 

With the nostalgia of the 1990s in full swing, there are plenty of bands that do the slacker and flannel influence well (see the likes of Broadcaster, Candy Hearts, Great Cynics, and Cheap Girls) and then there are bands that don’t (see the plethora of hipster indie bands trying to do the fuzz, garage, shoegaze thing).  Mosey Jones is certainly in the former category.  Spinning is a fun and tight four-song EP that showcases a young band with a lot of potential.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Monday, June 23, 2014

On the Fringes Podcast 6/23/14

On the Fringes makes its return after a lengthy hiatus.  Check out the setlist and listen to the podcast below.

01.  "I Miss You" by Candy Hearts (from All The Ways You Let Me Down)
02.  "Kids" by Beach Slang (from Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?)
03.  "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore" by The Menzingers (from Rented World)
04.  "Maybe" by The Feels (from Dead Skin)
05.  "Say Goodbye To Your Generation" by The Methadones (from Career Objective)
06.  "Benjamin" by Arliss Nancy (from Wild American Runners)
07.  "I Don't Know You Anymore" by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin)
08.  "Leave A Light On" by 7 Seconds (from Leave A Light On)
09.  "Start With" by Seaweed (from Spanaway)
10.  "Justification [What If Version]" by Dag Nasty (from Healthy, Loud and Honest)
11.  "Same Disease" by Dave Hause (from Devour)
12.  "Thought Senseless" by Cheap Girls (from Famous Graves)
13.  "What Are You Willing To Lose?" by Lucero (from 1372 Overton Park)
14.  "No Holidays" by The Warning Shots (from Six to Midnight)
15.  "Living Tired" by Better Off (from (I Think) I'm Leaving)
16.  "We Are The Only Ones" by Save Ends (from Warm Hearts, Cold Hands)
17.  "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo" by Superchunk (from I Hate Music)
18.  "Won't Apologize" by The Bomb (from Indecision)
19.  "Xenophobe: A Car" by Archair Martian (from Archair Martian)
20.  "Show Me Something New" by Broadcaster (from A Million Hours)
21.  "If I Could" by Crow Bait (from Sliding Through the Halls of Fate)
22.  "Hold Fast" by Banner Pilot (from Souvenir)
22.  "Unconditional Rough" by Bombers (from Unconditional Rough)
23.  "Something May Catch Fire" by Chuck Ragan (from Till Midnight)
24.  "Bad Scene, Everyones Fault" by Jawbreaker (from Dear You)
25.  "Scarier Area" by Great Cynics (from Muncie Girls / Great Cynics Split)
26.  "Crime Spree" by Masked Intruder (from M.I.)
27.  "Indestructible" by Habits (from Train Wrecks)
28.  "Toeing the Line" by Roll The Tanks (from Broke Til Midnight)
29.  "The Last Good Thing" by Nobody, Ever (from This Wall Was Dedicated to Liam And His Mates)
30.  "Santa's Little Helper" by Seagulls (from The Royal We)
31.  "Falling Down" by The Forty Nineteens (from Spin It)
32.  "Swing State" by Gameface (from Now Is What Matters Now)
33.  "No Division" by Hot Water Music (from No Division)
34.  "The '59 Sound" by The Gaslight Anthem (from The '59 Sound)
35.  "Dizz Knee Land" by Dada (from Puzzle)
36.  "Boring Summer" by CIV (from Set Your Goals)

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Album Review: ‘All The Ways You Let Me Down’ by Candy Hearts

Title:  All The Ways You Let Me Down (Bridge Nine Records, BandCamp [Bridge Nine], Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Candy Hearts (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BandCamp, Storenvy,

Candy Hearts’ third full-length album All The Ways You Let Me Down is a brilliant blast of ‘90s influenced, pop punk goodness.  From the opening of the infectiously catchy “I Miss You” to the closing crescendo of “Top Of Our Lungs,” Candy Hearts have delivered a perfect record.  The band hasn’t broken the mold or changed direction with All The Ways…, they’ve simply perfected what they already did brilliantly—write catchy-as-hell pop songs that punch you right in the heart with their honesty.      

I first discovered Candy Hearts in early 2011 and was blown away by their debut album Ripped Up Jeans and Silly Dreams.  Later that year they released their sophomore record Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy, upping the ante.  In 2012 they continued the trend of releasing records that surpass their previous efforts with The Best Ways to Disappear EP.  So, since first hitting the scene in 2010, Candy Hearts have not only put out a pack of stellar releases, but each one has been better than the last, with All The Ways You Let Me Down being their best work to date and possibly the best album of the year. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Album Review: ‘Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond’ by Tim Barry

Title:  Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond (Big Cartel, Chunksaah Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)  

Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond is Tim Barry’s first live album and does what all great live records do—captures Barry in his element, connecting with an audience, and singing his best songs.  From the opening of “Dog Bumped” to the closing of “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender” the former Avail lead singer has the hometown crowd eating out of the palm of his hands with his sultry yet gruff voice and acoustic guitar.  After his former band called it a day in the early ‘00s, Barry took up the acoustic guitar and began charting a new solo career through folk music.  In the decade that followed Barry released five stellar albums, a split EP with Frank Turner, and toured the world.  Raising Hell & Living Cheap… not only captures the Barry live experience but also acts as an excellent greatest hits collection, with all five records represented in the setlist.  This album is a must for Barry fans and one of the best live records to come out in years.       

Currently Listening

1.  “Fine Foods Market” by Tim Barry (from Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live In Richmond)
2.  “Don’t Mind Me” by Stiff Little Fingers (from No Going Back)
3.  “Always On” by Gameface (from Now Is What Matters Now)
4.  “Dirty Roofs” by Edmonton (from Walk it Off)
5.  “I Don’t Know You Anymore” by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin)
6.  “When I Get Out” by Masked Intruder (from M.I.)
7.  “Then You Stand Alone” by Johnny Two Bags (from Salvation Town)
8.  “Clarity” by Crosshatch (from Full Speed Ahead)
9.  “Leave A Light On” by 7 Seconds (from Leave A Light On)
10.  “Punk Or Lust” by Bleach Slang (from Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?)