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Boston_Hassle on 11/15/2013 at 04:45AM

Bugs and Rats: Adidas

You know that one great band that always ends up playing with a ton of shitty bar bands? You know when you go out to some dive bar with your friends and there are some crappy metal bands playing the stage, and then all of the sudden one act comes up and is legitimately gnarly, but no one really pays attention because it goes over there heads? For years, this was Bugs and Rats, from Quincy, MA. It’s not a surprising thing when you see Quincy. It’s a small town outside of Boston, not known for any sort of booming music scene. Perhaps it was the lack of music scene that helped Bugs and Rats ooze to fruition.

The boys; Shawnie Brando, Kellzo, and Radek Weirzbowski, started writing and playing music together in 2003. Influenced by the hardcore scene and bands like Godflesh, Nirvana and Eyehategod, the band's early sound was a mix of simple song structures, repetitive hooks and vocals akin to some sort of dog being strangled. The first release, 2004’s Smart as a Whip was (according to Brando) met with little interest from the Quincy bar band and metal 'scene.' Bugs and Rats were not really playing punk, they were not really playing metal, there weren’t really playing rock. It was hard to pin-point what they were doing.

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Boston_Hassle on 10/02/2013 at 06:00AM

The Boston Underground Rejoices Over Free Pizza

The Boston underground has recently been rejoicing for reasons devoid of home-team sport pride. Free Pizza, a short lived yet extremely memorable power-pop group has decided to reunite within the past few months of 2013. This is not your everyday reunion. This is a great day for New England, and all areas of land where rokndroll is bumping.

Power-Pop is a genre that many are attracted to, and thus will dip their toe in and attempt to make some pop jams. Maybe this is why it can feel like a sort of redundant genre, with so many mediocre acts 'poppin' up here and their, playing some dumb songs about eating cheetos or skateboarding or maybe something about a girl or, um, girls. It is also one of those sounds that has changed so much since it's early raw yet earest beginnings in the 80's with bands like the Replacements. Power-Pop can almost have a bit too much self-awareness. Not Free Pizza. These boys are having a party and everyone is invited.

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