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”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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“.
“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!
Using the alias “Marble Soup” local Georgia native Matthew Garrison released his self-titled debut EP last month as download, stream and limited edition compact disc. The EP marks the first new physical release on the Gypsy Farm label since 2014 and is the result of several recording sessions spaced between Lula and Lavonia, Georgia dating back to 2015.
Engineered by Jake Stargel, the takes were then mixed at Gypsy Farm Studio before final mastering at Chase Park Transduction. After touring the U.S. twice in 2017 with Elf Power, Garrison enlisted the help of Larry Choskey (of Nate and the Nightmares) for art direction and cover design, then set the EP release date for Jan 2018 and it has met with positive reviews since it’s release :
“Clocking in with a mere four songs, this little record does a fine job of exhibiting Garrison’s songwriting, which harkens back to NRBQ, a little Randy Newman and perhaps a slight amount of Gram Parsons to boot” – Gordon Lamb – “Threats and Promises” – Flagpole Magazine
“With it’s ominous beat, Marble Soup’s ‘Janet Lorraine’ solicits the listener immediately to a soundscape where time stands before inevitably running out” – WJAY – GF Press Editor
Today we are saddened by the news of American Mannequins / Dark Meat member Curtis Vorda passing onward due to a brain aneurysm last week in Athens, GA. Rest in peace, Curtis. The choir invisible gains another member.
T.S. Woodward is all set to unleash his “How To Breathe Underwater / In The Black Box” collection on double cassette and digital format this August 19th in Athens, GA at the Fabulous Flicker Theatre and Bar with the ever so awesome Viking Progress.