Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I'm fucking loco


Alright Wednesday warriors, gather around for another one-man song circle. Lots of great tunes to get through today, including a bunch of tracks from relative newcomers like Metz, Posers and Remo Drive, as well as some classics from Pennywise, Buzzcocks, Ramones and Heckle. Even though we're living in a topsy-turvy world right now, we can still take comfort in the little things, like the consistent and frenetically soothing sounds of Wednesday With Andrew playlists. Enjoy kiddos.


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Kickin' off today's playlist with a Philly band, discovery of whom is courtesy of my main man Mike D. Posers are a rocking four-piece outfit featuring dual vocals (think 70s act X) and a brand of fun, fast and frantic pogo/pop punk. Exist is a counter-fatalist tune off their 2016 EP Posers, Too. I hear they have a wildly enjoyable live show too, so be sure to check 'em out next time they swing through your locale!

So my OTHER buddy named Mike (everyone's got 2) introduced me to Remo Drive this week, and my heavens are they good. Hailing from the northernmost crust of the continental USA (read: Minnesota), these goofs include a healthy dose of teen-o whine in their brand of fast and furious garage rock. Yer Killin Me also happens to be the perfect case study on how to make an awesome DIY music video; check it out here. Oh yeah and Mike, if yer readin' this, congrats on the baby!


Freedumb is the eponymous first track off Suicidal Tendencies' 9th album. Helmed by original vocalist and band leader 'Cyco' Mike Muir, these Venice Beach punks cite a wide range of musical influences, spanning from Ramones and Sex Pistols to Kiss, Van Halen and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Fun fact of the day - Mike Muir is the younger brother of Jim Muir, one of the early members of the infamous Dogtown skateboarding team.

No, And So I Watch You From Afar is not your little cousin's middle school emo band. They are a hard-hitting 4-piece prog rock outfit from Belfast, and Big Thinks Do Remarkable is off their 3rd studio album All Hail Bright Futures. Quasi-instrumental, this track is an explosion of big bass tones and rhythmical arrangements with complex key and guitar parts leading the charge. Don't get too comfy, the song just does not slow down.

Up next is Pure Auto, a hot mess of a song from Ottawa noise rock group METZ. Dissonant guitar tones and a punctuated rhythm section drive the song forward as band leader Alex Edkins serenades us with Biafra-esque flare. Pure Auto constitutes one half of METZ's latest 2 song-single, a statement that's as confusing as the sounds they're able to produce. Like all their previous releases, they released this abomination through Sub Pop.

Final Chapters is a sonic treat from longtime political punk rockers Pennywise. This song is a deep dive into the band's past; it is off their 2016 release Nineteen Eighty Eight, which is a remastered compilation of their earliest 2 EPs, dating back to (you guessed it) 1988. And yes, I will be including Tim Curry gifs from Stephen King's It every fucking time I play Pennywise. OH speaking of, anyone else excited for the It remake dropping later this year??

Guys, it's not just about traditional punk music. At the heart of it, these playlists are really just a violent knee-jerk reaction to how lame the DC radio market is, and to compensate for the shit stew that is Clear Channel/ifartradio. With that in mind, I am pumped to include Hazey by Oxford indie funk masters Glass Animals. These guys have produced some of the most played songs in my household for the past couple of years.

De Nalgas is a rowdy, 'fuck you' punk band from Mexico (pronounced Meh-He-Co), formed in 2010. Vergaviota, like many of De Nalgas' other singles and EPs, was financed by the Terrícolas Imbéciles label, and produced by Molotov bassist Paco Ayala. OH SHIT, using my keen Internet sleuthing skills, I just found out that 'Nalgas' means butt cheeks in Spanish. Ha cooool.

We're going to round out this week's raucous list with a classic tune from seminal English punk band Buzzcocks. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) is a mouthful, double-contraction of a title and was Buzzcocks' hit single off their sophomore album Love Bites, released in 1978 through United Artists Records. Lead composer Pete Shelley was inspired to write the song in a van outside of a post office after watching the musical Guys and Dolls the night prior. Proud Canadians, and frequent WWA featured artist, PUP did a cover of the track in 2015. 


Alright guys that's a wrap for this week. If we're not already friends on Facebook, add me for urgent and VERY IMPORTANT updates. Keep on doing your thing, send cool music my way, and don't die between now and next Wednesday. Toodles



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