PREMIERE: “Trembling Rose” by The Haunted Head

“Conway Twitty came to me in a dream about 15 years ago and gave me this song” is how Pendleton, South Carolina’s Brant Duncan puts it – referring to his most recent recording at GF studio.

Brant first caught the attention of GFR with his previous band The Elegance (2008) before joining Carolina punk rockers Pine Tar Rage who had recently signed to Gypsy Farm Records.

“Trembling Rose” is Duncan’s first new material in years under the pseudonym “The Haunted Head” and we hear a familiar voice that any fan of The Elegance will find fits right in woven between blankets of Supro-FUZZ with piano and drums accompaniment.

Stream “Trembling Rose” via bandcamp below :

 

 

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Stream: Country Strange – Vol 1

Debuting high on the parkertown yodel-charts this morning comes “Country Strange Vol. 1” featuring a modest collection of original country songs pinned by long-running Gypsy Farm associate Uncle Goo a.k.a Garrett Chase Carpenter.  We first got a taste of this sweet medicine back in the ladder part of 2018 with the release of two singles “I’m Tired” b/w “Mallory”.

“It’s all here folks – country and western tunes of loathe, love and gout.” says associate producer and graphic designer WJAY.  As per usual, the standard GF band of cronies provide solid backing through-out the entire playlist given wing with the addition of pedal steel picker Matt “Pistol” Stoessel and lead guitarist Jake Stargel.

Country Strange Vol. 1 is available January 2nd on all streaming platforms including bandcamp and digipak CD.

Tune in to 92.1 FM WLHR Lake Hartwell Radio on January 4th to hear local DJ Porkchop sit down for an interview with Uncle Goo at 9:30am!

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Uncle Goo’s new song “Mallory”

Just barely one month after releasing the local break-up anthem “I’m Tired” ordained captain of country strange Uncle Goo continues his momentum with the unveiling of an additional tune titled “Mallory” off of his upcoming 2019 EP.

“Right from the beginning ‘Mallory’ conveys a sense of waking up alone for a days work while the mind stays half-detached from reality and occupied on fonder moments as a thick fog of steel guitar weaves a hopeful outlook” – WJAY

Stay tuned for the release of other fine concoctions on all streaming platforms via Gypsy Farm Records in 2019.

Stream and share Uncle Goo’s “Mallory” below via bandcamp

GFR label celebrates 10 years

As we’ve found ourselves nearing the end of an amazingly bazaar year, the realization came upon a windy night at Gypsy Farm that our label division is now (unbelievably) a decade old.

Ten years of records, cds, tapes, streams, dreams, clips and trips with still one more release slated for 2018 – Uncle Goo’s follow-up crooner titled  “Mallory” due out on December 3rd.

The following day (Dec 4th) you will find the Ice Creams performing one of two Athens, GA concerts in support of their self-titled EP at the Go Bar with an additional show commencing on December 20th at Flicker Theatre and Bar.

GF contributor WJAY has expressed a strong hope that we’ll see you all in another decade going on to toast :

Here’s to a continuation of releasing music and visuals we find interesting and a huge thank you to all that have supported GFR and it’s artists through-out the decade whether it be by recording in our studio, spinning our records or going out to see the live shows.  Thank you!

Pine Tar Rage releases new track “46”

Ed Campbell (Episode 42 of the Ratio Podcast) is perhaps most known throughout the Southern region for his high octane bluegrass group ‘The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show‘ which recently celebrated over 30 years together.  Speaking from his porch with cigar in hand Campbell reiterates that  he’s “a rocker at heart” and that Pine Tar Rage serves as “an outlet for the rowdier compositions requiring electricity” – although some songs inevitably cross over between the two bands such as the tune “I Got a Headlight Out”.

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On the other hand, PTR’s latest single titled ‘46‘ is unmistakably written to take on a more aggressive form of one such angry bull backing into an electric fence in the wrong corner of a palmetto pasture.  Campbell, being a Chicago Bears fan says the new song is a “homage to Mike Singletary and the 46 defensive play.”

Well you danced on the edge of a knife 
stilettos at midnight 
cold steel nothing less 
runs deep in your chest 

Snarl like a dog like Buddy and Mike 
see life through Singletary eyes 

Well all night howling at the moon 
on into the next afternoon 
well you say “life has made you old” 
well tear life a new asshole 

Snarl like a dog like Buddy and Mike 
see life through Singletary eyes 

Well ever since ’73 
you’ve been lost in a rock and roll dream 
well no man who does his best 
is left with any regrets 

Snarl like a dog like a Buddy and Mike 
see life through Singletary eyes

Watch and share the official music video below :

The Drovers play Spittoono Fest

GF corespondents tell us they had a great time this past weekend at the 38th annual Spittoono music festival in Central, SC.  The free event lasted all weekend and benefited several local charity organizations.

The whole shebang was kicked off by local upstate legends known as The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show and their original tune “I Had A Bad Day Today And Tomorrow Won’t Be No Better”

Watch and share below :

Carolina punk band “The Squirts” to reunite for second time

The late 90’s presented a special time for the punk rock music scene in Clemson, SC.  For the few acts that enjoyed some acclaim and notoriety there were countless never heard-much less-heard of and the Squirts are no exception.

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The Squirts [from “Beer Saved My Life” movie]
After touring Roanoke, VA to Athens, GA on their 1997 cassette release “Crossing The Haw” the group got their tune LeeVing Texas on a 1998 compilation CD by Russ Hallauer’s record label Ghostmeat before disbanding as the millennium approached.  The Squirts remained on hiatus until a near fatal reunion in 2002.

The idea and notions behind “why” the Squirts got back together in the first place are still unclear and up for debate now almost twenty years later.  Thankfully, close friend of the band [Michael Hayes] is into making interesting films and decided the soon to-be reunion was worth documenting and so he began rolling on interviews and band practices throughout the year as the Squirts prepared for a tour which would kick off in Clemson, SC.

The group inevitably disbanded on camera and all footage sat in storage for over 10 years before it was edited into a feature full length movie titled “Beer Saved My Life : A Home Movie Starring The Squirts” (2014).

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The Squirts [from “Beer Saved My Life” movie]

The movie premiered at a small screening in the garage of Johnny Ray’s – home of the Ratio Podcast and then once again the Squirts were no more.

THEN – earlier this Summer, our gypsy contact out of Salem sent word down to HQ that a re-reunion of The Squirts had been in talks to coincide with a proper screening of the movie on November 16th at Flicker Theatre in Athens Ga.

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The Squirts band meeting [from “Beer Saved My Life” movie]
Watch and share the official trailer for “Beer Saved My Life : A Home Movie Starring The Squirts” below and stay tuned into the GF network for all the latest updates on this development.

 

 

 

 

F.N.C.F to release EP on GFR

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Comprised with members of Carolina’s “Kill Geddy Lee” the now defunct F.N.C.F (an abbreviation for Friday Night Cat Fights) were a post-90’s alternative rock group that resided in the upstate somewhere between Anderson and Belton, South Carolina.

Beginning in July of 2015, the band tracked several songs at Gypsy Farm studio with anticipation of self-releasing their first LP album.  After mixing was completed in early 2016 the group of course dis-banded due to unfortunate circumstances and the untitled album was shelved indefinitely.  By late 2017 talks had began between Gypsy Farm and the band’s original label Guttersville Records in order to secure a proper posthumous release containing select songs from the original 2015 recording sessions.

Through several days of hostage negotiations, resulting in a stand off with an untold amount of coffee brewed, the green light was finally handed down by the top-executives over at Guttersville.  The deal permits the release of a four song EP titled “Rinse And Repeat” and also features a cover illustration by local artist TINY inc.

Among the extended player’s track listing includes the chronicle “House Built By Love” pinned by Evan Biondo (vocals/guitar) and Nate Combs (vocals/guitar).  The song is an ode to ‘long gone but not forgotten’ memories of the band’s one-time rental house and the activity that took place there.

The slightly disturbing imagery brought forth by lyrics “Of all the things that I have seen off the neighbor’s porch huffing gasoline” seems oddly enough right at home in between distorted guitars draped over a solid rhythm section provided by Jason Hannold (bass) and Nick Lawson (drums).

Although F.N.C.F is no more, founding members have since gone on to form a similar, albeit more acoustically driven music project known as “Mosquito Rodeo” that is currently active and releasing music via their bandcamp.

GFR staff writer and frequent contributor WJAY was noted saying  “This band [F.N.C.F] brilliantly executed a heavy glimpse into modern day folklore that blends rural tradition within an expanding urban area”

Download or stream the “Rinse and Repeat” EP by F.N.C.F on Gypsy Farm Records out April 16th!

https://soundcloud.com/gypsy-farm-records/house-built-by-love-fncf

 

 

 

Pine Tar Rage debuts new single

Fellow rock and rollers of Carolina known as “Pine Tar Rage” have announced plans to release their new single on the Gypsy Farm record label.  The song, entitled I’m Gonna Have a Good Time punches right out of the gate with fierce determination; hell bent in fact, on making the most of one evening.  Writer, singer, and guitarist Ed Campbell declares, “This is about someone who’s been working two months straight without a day off.  They’ve saved up their money, stock piled their drugs only to get the flu that day…. but they’re gonna have a real good time, whether they like it or not.”

Ed, who is also known throughout the region for his bluegrass group “The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show” (formed over 30 years ago) says he’s “a rocker at heart” and that PTR serves as “an outlet for the rowdier compositions requiring more electricity” – although some songs inevitably cross over between the two bands such as last Summer’s “I Got a Headlight Out”.

Campbell is joined by lead guitarist Brant Duncan of Clemson area folk duo “The Elegance, bassist Jeff Barrett of Central’s “Wheeler, and drummer Zeke Sayer of Georgia-based band “The Humms.

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I’m Gonna Have a Good Time” will be available for download and streaming via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and all other online outlets March 13th!

Preview in advance and share the official music video!

GF Happenings / MAY

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4/29 – Koko Beware + more / GO Bar / Athens, GA
4/29 – Parkertown Pickers / SWAMP Bar / Hartwell, GA
5/6 – JKF Art Opening / Flicker Theatre / Athens, GA
5/7 – Midnight Stranglers / Derby Party / Decatur, GA
5/13 – The Darnell Boys + more / 40 watt / Athens, GA
5/14 – Midnight Stranglers / Superica / Atlanta, GA
5/21 – Athens FACE/OFF / 40 watt / Athens, GA
5/21 – Midnight Stranglers / The Optimist / Atlanta, GA
5/22  – Shoal Creek Stranglers / Depot / Lavonia, GA
5/28 – FNCF+ more / Uptown Lounge / Anderson, SC 
5/29 / Nicholas Mallis + more / Athens, GA