The Velvet Hands from the U.K. starts out Wassup Rocker Radio Mixtape #23 with their video for Sick of Living! Followed up by L.A. rockers The Sold and Bones! Miami florida punks called Plastic Pinks take you to a strange fish store and to end the mixtape is Mind F*ck by Kaviar Special!
The Velvet Hands maybe still in their teens, but they sound like they’ve been mainlining the sacred canon of early Stones and late 70s power punk. There’s a point in the song “Sick of Living” that the lads shout “we’re having fun” (at least I hope that’s what they’re saying or this part doesn’t work). Anyway it’s clear after one listen to this young Cornwall/London quartet that they are living the dream. The Velvet Hands may be sick of living but not when they’re playing rock and roll. This is 1:42 of old-fashioned hooks, sneering vocals and punchy guitars. Comparisons to the Strokes are inevitable because, well any Stonesy sounding rock and roll band gets compared to the Strokes. Yet The Velvet Hands are The Velvet Hands and they certainly know how to play rock and roll. There is something, I dare say convincing about them. They remind me of the late-great Exploding Hearts and that is high praise indeed. Let’s just say if you like your tunes with a bit of sneer and a whole lot of rock and roll attitude, you’ll be into The Velvet Hands. [article from 50thirdand3rd.com]
Legendary punk rock singer Billy Bones’ 40-year rampage through American music has been consistently vibrant and refreshingly creative. As vocalist for first-wave 1977 trailblazers the Skulls, Bones kicked a gaping hole through Southern California’s mellow, leafy rock ‘n’ roll convention and when he appears Saturday at Jimmy’s Place in Burbank, Bones will continue his remarkable evolution via a supercharged collaboration with youthful punk-blues band the Sold. They became The Sold and Bones! [article from LA Times]
Lineup changes have brought a new, different energy to the band, and El Animal captures a broader and denser atmosphere which elevates their songs without overburdening them. Plastic Pinks have kept it in the family though, and the fresh recruits are all long-term friends, so perhaps that bond accounts for the seemingly effortless natural evolution of their style. Currently Plastic Pinks is June Summer on vocals, Augie Pink on rhythm guitar/backing vocals, Rod Woolf (also of Veiny Hands) on lead guitar/backing vocals, Dane Giordano on bass/backing vocals, and Trevor Mustoe on drums/backing vocals. [article from louderthanwar.com]