“Reagan’s Polyp is easily Little Rock’s strangest band, and without risking hyperbole, probably one of the top ten strangest bands in the country.” – Little Rock Magazine, 2002
“A disquieting mixture of prog, jazz, noise, punk, and lowbrow lyrics that regularly confounds critics.” – SF Weekly, 2006
"It’s a cliché, but I honestly don’t know how to begin to describe Reagan’s Polyp." -- Give This Band A Dollar (Arkansas local-music blog), 2014
"Ridiculously talented.... For those who believe that fearlessness is the primary component of artistic greatness, then anything by Reagan’s Polyp is a mandatory listen." -- Jersey Beat, 2014
“Reagan’s Polyp is malignant.” – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2000
Named for the infamous growth in the former President’s rectal vault, REAGAN’S POLYP was founded by twin brothers Krel and Astronaut Body in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1992. Instantly controversial for their hyper-aggressive sound and their satirical, sexually explicit lyrics, Reagan’s Polyp staked out a unique position and never wavered from it – even when under fire from the local music press, who unanimously hated the band. (“Abusive and disgusting.” “Motor oil on toast.” “The only people who will get this are forty-year-old computer programmers who still live with Mom.”)
Since their music veered from punk rock to metal to avant-jazz to purely formless dissonance, the Polyp sound did not endear the band to a local music scene that was more interested in two-chord songs about girls, cars, drinkin’, and Jesus than epic noise compositions about body-horror and sexual fascism. For Arkansas audiences, humor definitely did not belong in music.
By the time Reagan’s Polyp called it quits, after a financially disastrous attempt at a West Coast tour in February/March 2006, they had busted more than a few eardrums. They also left behind nearly thirty albums – ranging from elaborate studio productions to super-abrasive live recordings to fully improvised instrumental “jazz albums.”
Now, Vetoxa Records brings REAGAN’S POLYP back to you, bigger and better than ever. Beginning with a newly compiled “greatest hits” album, Number Ones, Vetoxa will release a dozen classic Polyp albums over the next two years. All remastered and repackaged, and with newly restored cover art, these albums span the breadth of Polyp’s achievement.
From the outrageous live debut The Early Year (1992) to the pop attack of 1996’s Cream Gun; from the gargantuan noise-prog classic Deadenator (1998) to the roaring anti-jazz knockout The Rumbling Quacking & Going Backwards Record (1999); from the fifty-song grindcore explosion Bloodsluice (1998) to the vicious “punk” onslaught of America Needs More Ass (2001), Vetoxa presents the unique trajectory of Reagan’s Polyp. Now you, too, can discover the most inventive – and the most underappreciated – rock group in the history of the American South.
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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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From the depths of Oakland comes the queer deathrock band BITTER FRUIT. Led by Jack Bradley, formerly of Wealthy Whore Entertainment, and featuring Yoko OK, David L. Montoya, and Mikey Mayhem, BITTER FRUIT give you punk heavyosity and a very, very bad attitude. Following their 2012 EP, "It Gets Bitter," Vetoxa Records is proud to present their first full-length album, "It Gets Worse."
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