As the story goes, Extra Medium Pony’s album 11868 was written after vocalist/guitarist Rick Spitalsky (Volta Sound/Dreadful Yawns/Afternoon Naps) went through an especially rough break-up. “Well that’s f’in interesting,” I can practically hear the sarcasm now. And to a degree, you’re right to be unimpressed by break-up records. They’ve been around as long as Rock ‘N’ Roll itself. What makes 11868 different, however, is the manner in which Spitalsky and bandmates Ben Gmetro on bass (Dreadful Yawns) and Jimmy Frysinger on drums (Nicholas Megalis Band) deal with those emotions. The songs are succinct, almost to a fault. None of the 18 songs even hit the two-and-half-minute mark. The boys simply plug in, tune close enough, bust out a short, jangly melody, and get ready for the next round of heartache. Both Dr. Phil and Lou Barlow would approve. Extra Medium Pony’s 11868 is out now on Exit Stencil Records. The band are always picking up gigs about town. Check your local listings.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More