_¢‚Ǩ_ìCrawling out of the deep, dark hole they dug for themselves on Bottom Feeder (2011) and Sweaty Hands (2012), New York Citys premier psychedelic swamp rock unit DeGreaser are set to take an unsuspecting and tepid rock scene by storm. Courtesy of NYCs Ever/Never Records, Rougher Squalor is DeGreaser 2.0. The band has evolved from their previous caveman dirges into a true power trio, heavy on the muscle and out for blood.\r\n
\r\nDrawing inspiration from classic bands like Blue Cheer, The Groundhogs and Coloured Balls, to outer-limits rock deconstruction reminiscent of the finest Japanese ensembles such as Mainliner and High Rise, DeGreaser are able to satisfy the need to bang your head, and also the desire to immerse said head in glorious waves of wah-wah pedal abuse. The squalor part of the title is no joke, as main Greaser Tim Evans _¢‚Ǩ‚Äú formerly of noted Aussie band Bird Blobs _¢‚Ǩ‚Äú drenches the proceedings in a sheen of speaker-shredding noise that would make the likes of James Williamson sit up and take notice. Anchored by the granite-solid rhythm section of drummer John Coates and bassist Kristian Brenchley (Woman/Ballroom), Evans is free to blast his surroundings with all manner of ear-piercing and _¢‚Ǩ‚Äútickling tones.\r\n
\r\nBut lets not make the mistake of filing Rougher Squalor under the section labeled Headcleaners. There are great songs waiting here for you. Opener _¢‚Ǩ_ìWords in Your Mouth_¢‚Ǩ¬ù establishes the bands ability to harness melody and write memorable tunes. Straightforward rocker _¢‚Ǩ_ìFollow Me Down_¢‚Ǩ¬ù is a hook-y request to join Evans in the downtown shadows. Tracks like _¢‚Ǩ_ìGot No Need_¢‚Ǩ¬ù and _¢‚Ǩ_ìDo Me In_¢‚Ǩ¬ù come off like Screaming Trees after an acid bath, while fleet-footed rockers like _¢‚Ǩ_ìYou Said_¢‚Ǩ¬ù and _¢‚Ǩ_ìDoorway_¢‚Ǩ¬ù get in n out before you know what hit you. With Rougher Squalor, DeGreaser has staked out their territory and are defending it with the considerable rock power that they can muster.\r\n
\r\nLike previous DeGreaser albums, Rougher Squalor features Evans haunting artwork adorning the cover on an old-school tip-on jacket._¢‚Ǩ¬ù - Ever/Never.\r\n
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.