THE SELLWOODS: Two Stroke Smoke 7″ EP
€8.00 – €8.50
Available in Orange and Black vinyl
First 50 copies shipping with fridge magnet
TWO STROKE SMOKE is the latest slab-o-wax recorded by Portland, Oregon’s notorious 60’s garage-hot rod-punkers, THE SELLWOODS!
These tunes were recorded hot’n’wild and lo-fi down in the basement by Davey (Berkham) Sellwood. We are certain these blisterin’ four tracks will fry yer noggin!
THE SELLWOODS have been pounding their primitive fuzzers up and down the West Coast since 2012.
THE SELLWOODS continue their mission to seek out the zaniest, beer-guzzlin’ parties to entertain rabid fans of 60’s garage punk — Y’all know who you are! Cheers!
Chester Chitlins, PNW Slop Rock Press – Dec. 2018
A1 – Two Stroke Smoke (The Sellwoods)
A2 – Kimchi (The Sellwoods)
B1 – No More ( M. Robinson)
B2 – Want Me (The Night Crawlers)
Tunes recorded down in the basement at el Palacio Real del Sellwoods, Spring 2018
Recorded on reel-to-reel by Dave Berkham – Mastered by Kirk Larsen at Fetish Pop Studio – Portland, Oregon – USA
Artwork by Rui Ricardo
Vinyl Mastering by Mike Mariconda
Edition of 500 copies, 300 in black and 200 in orange vinyl.
The band have been around since 2011, and I discovered them quite by accident a couple of years ago, whilst perusing Facebook for some garage-punk action (as one does). The thing that first attracted me to this bonkers bunch was their obvious love for having fun with what they do, and adopting ‘60s kitsch in the form of drag-racing model kits, artwork along the line of Ed Roth, Horror, the striped t-shirts, the German helmets and iron crosses, bandit masks – all things synonymous with ‘60s trashy counterculture and more recently bands of their ilk such as The Mummies, Thee Mighty Caesars and the budget rock end of garage-punk. So basically ticking all the boxes for me, and then some! On the top of my must see list for sure.
To the music. Guitarist Blind Baron delivers fuzz by the dumpster load whilst The Baroness and The Count provide tumultuous thumping from the rhythm section, complimented by Miss Kitka who kreates kooky key-work straight outta the ‘60s horror sitcom TV theme tune book.
Both ‘Two Stroke Smoke’ and ‘Want Me’ are a girl/boy efforts vocals-wise – both full of don’t give a toot attitude; he’s been left by his baby, she’s riding into the distance on her two stroke – and boy is she angry (of Collins Kids ‘Whistle Bait’ proportions). The latter (their version of The Night Crawlers‘ ’66 fuzz-and-shout monster) with it’s repetitive riff, proves yet again that simplicity is the most effective weapon. ‘No More’ brings a more ‘70s tinged punk flavour, and my favourite ‘Kimchi’ = Girls In The Garage at it’s trashiest best (trashi-best!).
Do yourself a favour and go check out their back catalogue if you haven’t already. All deets available through their Facebook page and the EP is available via Chaputa Records who incidentally have other fab releases, so go take a peek.
Black vinyl, Orange vinyl