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CVTTVNMVVTH IS BRINGING YOUNGSTOWN A FRESH DOSE OF ROCK AND ROLL

Sam and Kenny from Wild Wings are behind this project. It’s a full blast of rock and roll heaven for your delicate ears. This is what Youngstown NEEDS. Here is a track from their new tape which will be available soon on Lion’s Care Recordings.

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WILD WINGS ARE YOUNGSTOWN’S BEST NEW BAND

Wild Wings are an anomaly as of right now. No other band in the netherworld of Youngstown has captured a soundscape like this, possibly ever. The music of Wild Wings is like as if Jay Reatard was in an Ohio birthed Hawkwind. This is good stuff. I could go on and on but the music speaks for it’s self so here it is.

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MY AWKWARD TEENAGE INTRODUCTION TO DIY PUNK ROCK SHOWS

My first ever musical performance was as the teenage singer of a happily sloppy grindcore outfit known as Combat Shock. Our show was in the booze free city of wonders, Canfield, Ohio. I organized the show in a sleepy little Christian neighborhood at the local Grange Hall. It was cheap to rent and had previously hosted a cool show I attended. I was the main organizer for this event, a clueless rookie of the scene. The show was a benefit for charity and had pretty impressive attendance. Only one problem, I didn’t know what the hell a PA system was. Oh lord! One of the many bands on the stacked bill just happened to bring a PA and offered to let me use their speakers for twenty dollars. Close call, I was already flirting closely with disaster. Bands kept the stage occupied, jamming one after another. Boy did I feel awesome with my spiky green hair and gas station attendant shirt decorated in patches. Punk rock glory!

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MEAT ME: A TAY-SACHS RETROSPECTIVE

The reason Tay-Sachs holds a spot in my heart, speaking purely in sentimental terms, is because it was the only musical situation I was ever in where it wasn’t affected by aspirations. That’s not to say we didn’t want to make good music, or what we thought to be good music. It just was really a love-of-the-game situation. It was the most fun I’ve ever had with music. I’ve been in various bands since my junior high years and I’ve done my most refined work on the biggest scale (note: very small scale) through my indie rap stuff, but in both those cases, including the present time, there are goals and “levels” and intentions beyond just the immediate fun and spontaneity. Tay-Sachs was primal. That’s why we were great live. Everyone connected with the primacy.
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