Category: Uptown Bones

The “Sons” of Electric Love Muffin

sons of ELM covers

A very recent nice development has been members of bands from the 80’s getting back together and/or starting new bands. Three of them from Philly all have members from of one of my favorites Electric Love Muffin. Another fan of ELM has been releasing records by these new/old bands on Sister Raygun Records. According to him the label’s main goal is to promote local Philly bands (though we have non-Philly bands too). Plus it is “purely a labor of love for me — just trying to help put out some good under-the-radar music….” The great part is these bands aren’t rehashing the sound of any of their old bands they are  expanding on those sounds in many new directions. For some videos Check out the Sister Raygun YouTube channel
Now, getting back to the three bands:

Poppy

Poppy was first formed in the early 1990s with members of 2 of 80s Philly punk scenes favorites Electric Love Muffin (Brian Campbell) and Scram! (Craig Heim) with Kate Campbell’s powerful vocals and loud guitar. They returned a few years ago and have been playing all over Philly. First time I saw the reformed Poppy was at the Tusk (I think) and they were heavier than I had remembered and it was just a good time seeing them again. In November of last year (2019) they released a new album Snakes of New Jersey.  There are a variety of styles on the album from Noisy Blues with powerful vocals to straight ahead pop rock to one song Marga, which in some ways reminds me of  (I’m not sure what it’s been labeled) but bands like  Seam/ Dustdevils/ Breaking Circus/ Polvo.

FoxyContin

FoxyContin formed in 2003, the band features members of  2 Philly punk legendary bands The Electric Love Muffin and Krhissy. Rich Kaufmann (ELM singer) wanted to start a band  that channeled the first wave of punk rock after the end of his country rock, the  Rolling Hayseeds. He was working with Ravine Veneer at Silk City who played guitar and got Michael Barndt (Krhissy) on drums and Mike Stifel on bass. I missed recent Foxycotin shows since they have been back, but once we can return to seeing bands, I plan on going, Their long awaited debut album This Time You’re On Your Own (see below) comes out on August 7th on Sister Raygun. There is something for everyone on this album.  A song for the sad state of politics in America (The Whole World Knows I’ll Never Get Over It Now), A reworked Rolling Hayseeds song (It’s Starting to Show), and a couple of songs have organ music by Sam Steinig (Mondo Topless and GTVs) that reminds me of the organ parts of early Elvis Costello songs,  plus lots of cool covers from all over the musical spectrum.

Mt Vengeance

Mt Vengeance is Rich Fravel – singer/guitarist (Uptown Bones, Latimer, Ashtabula, Blue & Realtor extraordinaire who helped me buy my house), Brian Campbell – bass (Electric Love Muffin & Poppy) and Nicky Santore – drums (Valsalva, Glory Hole). I have seen them live a few times and for me it was a strange (in a good way) mix of nostalgia for the 90s but with enough freshness to it to make it sound new. Their first album Covered in Dust from 2018 was one of my favorites of that year and the new album Machines is even better (see below).  There are a lot of different styles on this album. A few songs have a  pop sensibility but with a harder edge. Others like Nil By Mouth has distorted noisy guitar with a grove.  Then it all wraps up  with the song Machines which has a metalish Hawkwind sort of sound.

Here is a video I shot before the Photon Band / American Trappist / Mt. Vengeance show at JB’s.  Brian (ELM, Poppy, Mt. Vengeance), Rich (Uptown Bones, Mt. Vengeance), Art (Uptown Bones, Photon Band) & Noel (Uptown Bones) played two Uptown Bones songs and an ELM song.

Other Sister Raygun bands include Philly’s own Beretta 76

Good Power Pop Italian band Mad Rollers

I have to use the bandcamp description for Pre-Cog in the Bunker – a sci-fi post-punk duo blending punk noise, classic melodies, and literary lyrics.

And The Professor Fuzz 63 is a cool, lo-fi, rocking’ trio from Dallas,

Pictures & Flyers

(some pics from the label and a couple I took)

Uptown Bones

Uptown Bones

Uptown Bones were one of my favorite Philly bands of the late 80’s early 90’s. They seemed to be heavily influences by the Love Muffin but added in some psychedelic and noise elements to it. The band was Rich (Ashtabula, Latimer) vocals & Guitar, Andy Clees on Guitar and Noel on drums. The original bass player, Scooter Anderson (Thanks Eric & Art) was later replaced by Art (Photon Band, Tons of Nuns, Lilys, etc.) Collected below are 2 demo tapes (I don’t have the track names for the 2nd one) the first 7″, the split 7″ with Les Thugs and then the 2 cd’s that came out on the French Black & Noir Records. As an added bonus there some Flyers at the very bottom + a video I shoot from Johnny Brenda’s which was a sort of reunion with Noel, Art, Rich along with Brian from ELM. It was before the newish band Mt Vengeance which is Rich Fravel – guitars and vocals & Brian Campbell (ELectirc Love Muffin & Poppy)- bass & Nick Santore – drums

Audio files

Uptown Bones-Split 7

1988 Demo Tape

01 – D
02 – Why
03 – Starin(At The Floor) 04 – Long Gone

1989 Demo Tape
01 – Slowlysomething
02 – ?
03 – ?
04 – Locust
05 – ?
06 – ?
07 – Starin At the Floor

Locust 7″
A1 – Locust
B1 – Stargazer

Split 7″ with Les Thugs
A1 – Lesthugs – Fallingapart
B1 – Uptownbones – Springisacat

Comps
A la Folie
Uptown Bones-Do Watcka Do
On Another Planet
Uptown Bones – Beautiful

Demos & 7″s MediaFire Zip

Uptown Bones-E

01 – Connect
02 – 3 Hours
03 – Tarantula
04 – Flowers Fall
05 – Weird Deal
06 – Sex Me Down
07 – Starin At The Floor
08 – Imaginary Friend
09 – Spring Is A Cat
10 – Magic Place
11 – Fearless
12 – Slowly Something
13 – Adios Motherfucker

E cd MediaFire Zip

Uptown Bones-Move

1 – Airplane Driver
2 – Down On The Sun
3 – Dig
4 – Pussycat
5 – National Philadejphia
6 – Foreign Language Lessons
7 – Overseer
8 – Sexy Pop Popsong
9 – Dy-No-Mite Feelgood

Move cd MediaFire Zip

 

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