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Too Much Rock's 7" series: The Uncouth!

(Photo by Todd Zimmer)
 
The fourth installment of Too Much Rock’s 7” single series features The Uncouth!, arguably the leading purveyors of Kansas City’s Oi! scene. Too Much Rock has also released singles from Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, and Josh Berwanger Band; each 7” includes an original song from the band and a cover chosen by TMR’s Sid Sowder.
 
The album’s A-side is “KC United,” a 2-and-a-half-minute track that celebrates KC pride and displays what The Uncouth! does best: producing unabashed, fast-paced anthems with a classic punk throwback. This carries over onto the B-side, a cover of “Gudbuy T’Jane,” a 1972 hit from Slade, who influenced both the skinhead and glam rock scenes. The KC trio’s interpretation retains the original’s rhythmic drive and adds its own brand of immediacy and ferocity.
 
Check out this single from The Uncouth!, also available on Teenage Heart Stateside Distro.
 
 
--Michelle Bacon
 
Michelle Bacon is editor of The Deli KC and plays in bands. 
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Too Much Rock Singles Series Vol 3: Josh Berwanger Band - Oh Bis!

Josh Berwanger Band gets us ready for summer with a new single release as part of the Too Much Rock Single Series. The series—curated by Sid Sowder—has local bands doing one side with an original song and one side with a cover song chosen by the band. Berwanger's single is the third volume in the series (the first two by Schwervon! and Rev Gusto).
 
The A-side is a Berwanger song called "Oh Bis!" to which he helpfully adds a spoken word postscript explaining the origin of the song. The song itself hearkens back to ‘80s power pop and chugs along with some subtle changes in the rhythm. It's a classic "Woe is me" teen angst song and sounds great in the car with the windows down. The B-side is a cover of an obscure 1979 single by The Jags, which sounds like a great lost early Elvis Costello rocker. Its infectious chorus of "I've got your number / written on the back of my hand" complete with handclaps is impossible not to like.
 
I'm a fan of their recent album Strange Stains. To my ears, this is the best local pure power pop band out there now. Get 'em while you can. These 45s are limited editions. 
 
--Barry Lee
 
Barry is host of Signal To Noise, which airs on KKFI 90.1 FM every Sunday at 8 pm. He spends his weekdays being station manager of KKFI.
 
 

You can see Josh Berwanger Band this weekend at Boulevardia, in the West Bottoms. They play at 6:15 p.m. on the Chipotle Homegrown stage. Facebook event page. They’ll also be playing Lawrence Field Day Fest on June 28 at The Bottleneck at 11:00 p.m. Also, watch for Too Much Rock’s fourth volume of the Single Series to come soon!

Here’s a video of an in-studio performance for 90.9 The Bridge of the song “Mary,” recorded at Weights & Measures Soundlab.

 

 

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Too Much Rock Singles Series Vol 2: Rev Gusto - Still There

Too Much Rock recently released its second volume in its 45 RPM singles series (the first was Landlocked from Schwervon!Bandcamp link). The newest single is from garage pop band Rev Gusto, Still There, released on Record Store Day. It features the title track and a cover of Graham Parker’s “Local Girls.” “Still There” is a fuzzy jam infused with the band’s cool ‘60s California pop style. On the B-side, frontman Jerry Frederick channels Parker’s vocal work, while the band provides an excellent take on the cover.
 
Too Much Rock is the project of photographer/writer/music enthusiast Sid Sowder; the goal of the singles series is to “marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl.” Each one contains an original song with a cover chosen by TMR. 500 limited edition copies are pressed and given to each band.
 
Keep up with Sowder at toomuchrock.com to find out about what shows he’s seeing, and to be updated on the next single in the mix!
 
“Still There” was recorded with Joel Nanos at Element Recording, and “Local Girls” was recorded with Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Both songs were mastered by Nanos. The album is also available at Mills Record Company, Vinyl Renaissance, and Love Garden Sounds.
 

--Michelle Bacon 

 

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