BBQT – All That Glitters…

“Let’s Go!”, BBQT’s debut album on No Front Teeth Records is a fine mix of 70s glitter rock and 77 punk rock’n’roll. We asked Gabbie Bam Bam a few questions about the band and the album. Once again, it seems like all that glitters rocks!

When did you start BBQT?

I started BBQT in 2010.

What have you released so far?

I have released 4 records under BBQT. Three seven inches (Astrogirl, Baby Carrot, and No Front Teeth records respectively)

When did you fall in love with glitter?

I fell in love with glitter when I rediscovered Gary Glitter and Marc Bolan and T. Rex. I say rediscovered because I have always known of their radio hits when I was younger of course but started really getting into both of them a couple years after that.

It seems like you’ve been touring a lot in the US, have you noticed any growing interest for hand clapping/feet stamping rock’n’roll lately?

I have noticed rock n roll coming back again (sounds weird right?). A few years back I feel like rock n roll had a cheesy or corny reputation so people didn’t really attach themselves to it like they do now.

What were your favourite places to play on the last tours?

I really loved playing New York on this last tour. Always a fun time! In the past I’ve loved playing Oakland (great response there) and Cincinnati from the past tours I’ve done.

Your music sounds very 70s, can you tell us about the recording of “Let’s Go!”? Did you use analog?

The recording for Let’s Go was pretty organic. I wrote a bunch of demos for songs and decided to record with Matthew Melton who at the time was recording in the style that I like with his bands. I had also heard the stuff he recorded for other like minded/sounding musicians/bands. I pretty much walked in with a bunch of songs, met a drummer last minute and got down to it. The record was recorded in sessions over a year and a half and recorded on tape. Any over dubs were done digitally. I’m very pleased to have recorded this way and I can’t wait for the next one!

Your songs are short (except for the Gary Glitteresque instrumental “Tuff ‘N Up”.) Can “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!” apply to BBQT?

I try to keep it simple and effective.

5 albums you couldn’t live without?

Its always evolving really. I’d have to say,
Blitz: Voice of a Generation
Suzi Quatro: S/T
Selena: Amor Prohibido
Gary Glitter: Glitter
GG Allin: Always Was, Is and Always Shall be

Any other bands from Austin we should check out?

Yes! Cheap Fur, Trouble Boys, Vertical Vice, Institute, and Muther.

Any plan for coming to Europe yet?

Definitely plottin’ for next year!

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The Cheap Cassettes “Kiss The Ass Of My Heart” 7″

The CHEAP CASSETTES are from Seattle, but they don’t really sound like a grunge band. Opening song “Kiss The Ass Of My Heart” has this stylish romantic thing you could find in HANOÏ ROCKS, and “Black Leather Angel” reminds me of early/mid 00s glam punk, so you won’t be surprised to hear that former DIMESTORE HALOES members Chazz Matthews (vocals/guitar) and drummer Kevin Parkhurst are in the band. “Hieroglyphics in Lipstick” is a great song title, and it sounds like a fine mix of powerpop and American punk rock. “Worse N’ Better” is a good choice to put an end to his EP since it leaves you wanting for much more. The vinyl version is releases by Rum Bar Records, so you know what you should do. /Laurent C.

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-the-ass-of-my-heart

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Plastic Tears release new single and video

Helsinki glam punk rockers Plastic Tears premieres third single and video
‘Miss Stumbling Legs’ from the new ‘Angels With Attitude’ album on July 6th.

The video was directed by Eco Inkinen and the storyline is based on the macabre lyrics.

Mika ‘Posse’ Suihko does a brilliant lead acting role as a man who wakes up with his memory lost after partying, only to find out something’s happened to his wife. Supporting actor Kitler also handles his acting role with the dignity and nonchalance only a cat can have.

The album has already gathered fantastic reviews all over the world, and this new single surely will keep the party alive!

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The Thick Un’s “Greasy Gambit”

The THICK UN’S is actually a one man project. Mark Kennedy recorded these 4 songs in a DIY, lo-fi way. His inspiration seems to be vintage sci-fi/horror movies and 70s psyche rock. “Savage Sea” is purposely out of tune, and “Winter Warfare” sounds a bit like BLACK SABBATH on acid! Things sometimes get very chaotic (“Reckless Rider”, “Cold Cabin”), but if you like crazy lo-fi music, then this one might be for you! /Laurent C.

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Criminal Kids “S/T” EP

The punk’n’roll scene has been quite quiet lately, and this can appear as surprising since bands like NASHVILLE PUSSY, SUPERSUCKERS or ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN were everywhere in the mid 00s. Hailing from Chicago, CRIMINAL KIDS is part of a new wave of American punk rock’n’roll bands although they actually started in 2008, but got back to life last year. The songs are played with some wild 70s punk energy, with classic hard rock solos, and “Outcast” even has some early GUNS N’ ROSES flavour to it. The sleaze rock side of the band can also be heard in “Night”, which reminds me a bit of CRACK COUNTY DAREDEVILS.
6 songs out on vinyl and released by Spaghetty Town Records! /Laurent C.

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