The Zag Men / Crime Spree
CD, MP3, and Vinyl LP: March 18, 2014
"Ever hear of horrorbilly hounddogs Pine Box Boys? Local loonies singing songs about Frankenstein, Pukin Blood and Buckets of Guts? Well before they were country crooners they were rippin rock’n'roll a new one with rompin improv scrap-funk-skronk-punk sorta nonsense. A whole bunch of guitar shredding, bass blasting and a deluge of drums from Les Raww, Col. Leather, and Dodds respectively. A collection of live tracks from throughout 2003 brought together here for one big cartoon crime caper of shriek freak jazz creep chaos. Smoke filled balloons and heavy metal nihilist noir starting things off with the title track, a whole mess of toxic sludge that’ll come back to bite us throughout. Magic and Ecstasy bring us that nice wackjob exorcism with a Morricone wild-west appeal. All instrumental tracks except the sultry sing-along escapism on South of the Border and Bones & Boulders’ mongolian deep-throat drone ritual. Some serious gutter kid role modelling for all us with that FIY ethos, cuz fuck it." -- KFJC Radio
Everybody loves The Pine Box Boys, the worldwide kings of Horrorbilly. But before they recorded such classic albums as Arkansas Killing Time, Stab, and Tales from the Empancipated Head, they were The Zag Men, a roaring noise-improv group with a taste for crazy sounds and Zappa-esque stage antics.
The first of four archival releases of live Zag Men recordings, Crime Spree was recorded entirely in San Francisco in 2003 and captures the band at its heart-stopping, ear-destroying best. If you like spectacular guitar shredding, bizarre soundscapes, or just plain noise, Crime Spree is for you.
Features a blistering version of Ennio Morricone's Magic And Ecstasy (a.k.a. the disco theme from Exorcist II: The Heretic). And the LP comes with a deluxe 22”-by-33” poster by The Pine Box Boys’ cover artist, Stabitha Lahr!
01. Crime Spree
02. Magic and Ecstasy
03. Our Message To The Kids
04. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
06. Bones & Boulders
07. We Have Learned Where You Eliminate
THE ZAG MEN "Magic and Ecstasy" PINE BOX BOYS