Friday, May 4, 2012

Gothic Theater Friday May 25

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Review of the new 7" from 7 inches blogspot.  Yeah!

The Manxx on Snappy Little Numbers Records

Denver's own, Snappy Little Numbers put out this single from The Manxx (just double x, take it easy) who are a power punky trio from around the Colorado neighborhood because this is after all, like the best micro 7" labels, documenting their own scene that would otherwise probably go completely overlooked. You can see how it makes sense on this level to have that third entity between the listener and artist. Someone to facilitate the details of the pressing itself, getting the word out. No band wants to write 3rd person press releases. It's easy to see these labels are just as important as the bands going out every night, loading gear, and playing for beer. It's a combination of the two working independently and together. You worry about the music, I'll make sure the inserts are xeroxed, and all the promo's get mailed out. How to resolve this when you're spreading the music around to millions becomes problematic for a lot of reasons, but I am always happy to buy and talk about labels like this. Seven inch records are inherently about this kind of a scene. Impossible to mass market, or even press in huge quantities.

So what are The Manxx putting on the A-Side? "Messin' around" has got a booming kick drum going at a real frantic pace with simultaneous tambourine smacks... reminiscent of Frankie Rose, without so much attack with the toms. Sara on guitar and vocals is way up front in the mix, all kinds of clean treble distorted with winky attitude. This undertow of organ and her energetic delivery has the whole track going a little bit cutsey...something like the pop beatings of Bratmobile or Bunnygrunt, with punk spikes...this three piece has a jumpy jangle guitar with a spazz garage edge to the whole thing.

"Hard lessons" serves up more of this soft edge fun loving twee's sort of reminding me of that Ronettes sort of ramma lamma ding dong... laid back handclaps and backbeats, the oooo's under a thin layer of distortion. Imagine the demo's from the Go Go's via The Midnight Snaxxx (ok that's a full on triple x). Always keeping it brief and to the point.
"Goodbye to you! Goodbye to You!"

On marble dark grey vinyl in Snappy's one size fits all sleeve. Check it out:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Show review from Stella, one of the most amazing women in rock n roll, from TEENAGE LUST.  YEAH!!

Lost Lake

We got there right as The Tomgirls started to play.  They’re a four piece band
  with Duane Bodenhemier, former singer of The Derelicts from Seattle,
Washington as their frontman.  I have to say I have not seen this band before and by the
name I wasn’t expecting what I heard.  This band is super punk, thrash
in your face Iggy Pop style. Super sexual and sweaty.  I was definitely
thinking this would be a rock and roll band, but it was much heavier
and thrashier than I expected.  I was so impressed, but knowing Damien
and Duane the little that I do, of course their band is going to
shred.  Check them out at

Next up is my long time favorite guys who live in Colorado Springs and
are pretty much the funnest/funniest dudes I know.  They have a 7”
split that should be out any day with another local garage rock party
band called The Dirty Few.  Ps. this 7” glows in the dark (dork).
They are previously known as The Nicotine Fits, but The Conjugal
Visits is a cross between The Exploding Hearts and The Marked Men.
They played a lot of their new songs that haven’t been released like
songs called “Retarded”, and “I Must be Stupid”.  They usually do covers of other bands
including The Moonhearts, Mikal Cronin, and The Sneaky Pinks. They
reign fun and party garage with amazing thrashy guitar shreds on
occasion.  Sean is on drums, Brian on bass, Pete and Nick on vocals
and guitar. They always always always are the best time!  Ever!  You
can taste their sweet licks at

Last was the amazing 3 piece band The Manxx, who had a single release
called Messin Around.  Sara Belle, lead singer and guitar shredder is
one of the brightest and magnetic people I’ve met in Colorado.  When you
meet her you know she has awesomeness and radicoolness in her
blood. Her energy is sick!  She runs a DIY venue called Unit B that
throws some of the best shows I’ve seen in Denver including Nobunny
and Bare Wires.  She’s very important person in the garage and rock
and roll scene out here but she will never brag or bring it to
attention.  She’s a super roll model for that.  Newly on keyboard is
Trevvor Yawner of Thee Goochi Boiz and Pacific Pride.  He is a super
cool studly dude whose got the coolest laid back attitude and a great
smile.  Bare chest with a furry vest he was wailin’ out on the
smallest keyboard possible, but he made it work.  The drummer I think
is fairly new or on constant fill in, but he was amazing keeping the
heartbeat of the band.  I love them, check them out at
Photos: Taylor
Article: Stella

    Thursday, March 15, 2012


    A reveiw of the Messin' Around 7" from Albuqueque's Alibi.  Thanks!


    The Manxx "Messin' Around / Hard Lessons" 7-inch (Snappy Little Numbers)

    Two more garage pop tunes about boys and heartbreak from Denver's The Manxx. Front-girl Sara must fall in and out of love once a month because according to my calculations, “Hard Lessons” is the 179th song she's written about getting jilted. Although the sound is still lo-fi, the production on this single is a step above The Manxx's previous releases. The 45 is a great-looking purple-mud-colored pressing that lives up to the sonic potential of 45 RPM, with really low bass and a clear high end. It comes with a download code for a slightly less amazing sounding digital copy. The Manxx keeps threatening to come down to Albuquerque—here's hoping it does!

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012


    Review of the new single from Styrofoam Drone.  Thanks!

    The Manxx – Messin’ Around 7″

    If it’s from Denver then it must come from Snappy Little Numbers! Here’s another single from the Denver based label, this time from the gritty, female fronted pop-punks THE MANXX who are (you guessed it!) from Denver!
    By now we should know that the folks at Snappy Little Numbers stick to promoting their hometown bands by helping spread the good word. Well we’re glad to help them with that too! The Manxx are a pop-punk three piece who already have an earlier 7″ under their belt. That first 7″ came out nearly a year ago and since then The Manxx seemed to have refined their sound and pinned down exactly what type of music they want to play. The two short but sweet gems on “Messin’ Around” are surely justification of this. Coming together with both gritty punk notions and jangly power-pop honesty, The Manxx have created quite a fun and easy-going strand of pop-punk that will charmingly work it’s way under your skin. With catchy hand claps, colorful keyboards, cooing vocal harmonies and an exuberant guitar solo, an addicting song like “Hard Lessons” will only require multiple spins.
    Check out both sides of the single right below and then do yourself a favor andgrab one from Snappy Little Numbers before they’re gone – considering they’re only $4, you might not want to pass that deal up.
    Messin’ Around –
    Hard Lessons –
    Genre/ Tags: Pop, Punk, Lo-Fi, Electronic
    Messin’ Around 7″: Tracklist:
    1.) Messin’ Around
    2.) Hard Lessons
    BUY the 7″ directly from Snappy Little Numbers – only $4 with a FREE download !
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    Monday, January 30, 2012


    A new review from R.A.D Vinyl.  Thanks!

    Two new releases from Snappy Little Numbers
    The Manxx 7”
    Sara Fischer is the voice behind The Manxx a veteran of the Denver music scene. Her catchy vocal hooks and charming songwriting mix well with the garage style rock music they play. Both “Messin’ Around” and “Hard Lessons” are strong enough to be A sides. Ripping guitars and drums pound out these hyper tracks while an organ and Fischer’s melodies help to set The Manxx apart from every other garage band out there today. The mixed black vinyl look incredible against the black and hot pink label all housed in Snappy Little Numbers standard issue sleeve. This is a great single.
    Hooper 7”
    Hooper is a bit of a throwback to 90’s pop punk similar to early Alkaline Trio. Hooper doesn’t try to shy away from this dated sound one bit rather they embrace it and provide two cuts that would have seen heavy rotation on many kids turntables ten years ago. The Mixed purple vinyl is a nice touch.