THE ZAG MEN
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 Emancipated Head, they were THE ZAG MEN, a roaring noise band with a taste for crazy sounds and Zappa-esque stage antics. With their explosive sound and their razor-sharp improv skills, The Zag Men were the perfect opposite of their bluegrass alter-egos: no murder, just mayhem.
The Zag Men never did record their debut studio album, but they left behind hours upon hours of insane concert and rehearsal recordings, including several scores for silent films, newly composed and performed live in theaters in San Francisco. Now, for the first time, Vetoxa Records offers a collection of live performances from the early days of this group's brief reign of comic terror, all taped in San Francisco venues between 2003 and 2006.
Starting with Crime Spree and continuing with Malifornia, The Action Takes Place In An Offworld Prison Hospital In The Year 2143, and a fourth, as-yet-untitled compilation (currently under construction by Reagan's Polyp producer The Alien Overlord), Vetoxa will reveal The Zag Men as the crucial San Francisco noise band of the early Aughts -- and if you love The Pine Box Boys, their music will make even more sense to you now!
"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
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