Cheer Up Charlies
"...If you've watched a set by one of Hodges' past or present bands, you might have felt that urge. From its first release in 2005, a vinyl single by the now-defunct Tuxedo Killers, Furniture Records has catered to Austin's hairy, sweaty underbelly..."
"...With last year's debut EP, Spiral Haircase, Tuxedo Killers pulled off a post-punk fission of Austin, 1985, minimalism and maximum freneticism warring to the donkey screams of George Dishner. "NYC Soap," "I'm So Funn!," and "Friendly Feud" kicked black and blue for 17 fan-"Tasticle" minutes..."
"...With Jesse Hodges and his bandmates in Tuxedo Killers standing at this particular helm and Beerland consigliere Max Dropout steering the ship, there's hope for the future. Because when punk rock grows stale and all the longtime Red River regulars hit 40 or have children, somebody needs to grab the torch..."
"...Consider, too, that the Dinos covered Scratch Acid ("Greatest Gift"), not to mention their frantic, David Yow-derived screams. Dishner, a banshee since his days in corrosive funsters the Tuxedo Killers, follows through today with "Making Water" and "False Cowboys." And note the half-sung gang vocals à la Gibby Haynes and his fellow Surfers, who Plump idolized growing up in Indiana, where he founded ATX immigrants Awesome Cool Dudes...."
"...43: Skullening First-time Tuxedo Killers offshoot the Dakota Building likes a dose of noise with their Beerland punk rock, while the Kodiaks' freak-out punk is more subdued than usual. San Antonio headliners Skullening get better with every show, kicking off their tour with anti-guitar.Sunday, June 12..."
"... Melanie HauptEDIE SEDGWICK8pm, Velvet Spade Edie Sedgwick, aka Justin Moyer, is part iPod-toting karaoke drag queen, part celeb teat-sucker. Debut Her Love Is Real, but She Is Not (DeSoto) features songs like "Martin Sheen," "Christian Slater," "Arnold Schwarzenegger I," and "Arnold Schwarzenegger II." Kate X MesserTUXEDO KILLERS8pm, Velvet Spade Patio Before the first clangy notes are strummed, odds are George Dishner will be nearly naked..."
"...Not nice or not noise? When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth's sophomore LP is a tomato-tamato affair. The local sevenpiece beast, featuring members of Awesome Cool Dudes; Oh, Beast!; and the late Tuxedo Killers, subscribes to the power of two – on drums, vocals, and guitar – which informed the hot skate-thrash of 2006 debut LP Snacks..."
"...With two drummers, two guitars, two singers, and a bass, Dinos ripped through the tasty Snacks (Emperor Jones) last year, but they switch from metal to grunge live. Part Awesome Cool Dudes and part Tuxedo Killers, Dinos provide sophomore LP Not Noiice this spring for further investigation..."
"...Habana Calle 6 Patio, 1:10am Meet Austin pop/metal/noise smackdown When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, seven dudes with big ideas played two by two: two drum kits, two guitars, two singers, plus loner Cory Plump on bass. Mathematically, it's the tongue-in-cheek Awesome Cool Dudes plus spastic Tuxedo Killers plus mind-boggling Dakota Building plus indefinable Oh, Beast! Good God...."
"...Everyone knows we'll all soon have iPods the size of contact lenses. Furniture Records, the Austin/Chicago bastion of loud, lewd, and totally crude (and whose revolving-door band policy has birthed Tuxedo Killers, Daniel Francis Doyle, Awesome Cool Dudes, and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, among others), has started a singles club which entails you listen to and appreciate a cassette..."
"...Whatever. The Tuxedo Killers-Awesome Cool Dudes combo is loud, jittery, and get this completely in control..."
"...Audra Schroeder: Rubble, Tuxedo Killers, the Old-Timerz, Nervous Exits, Skullening, Rancho Relaxo..."
"...GREG BEETS: Tuxedo Killers, Velvet Spade Patio, Thursday, March 17..."
"...Just buckets of blazing rock & roll from that place where early-1970s Detroit, late-1970s London, and mid-1960s America intersect at high volume. Sets from the Dragons, Lords of Altamont, the Immortal Lee County Killers II, Scandinavian badasses Demons, and the Lazy Cowgirls blew my rock & roll-starved mind..."
"...You know, saying what assholes they were. And they were against Willie's crowd, who were like killers..."