Bennies, Booze and R&R 1981: Vinyl LP
Label: Cardinal Fuzz
Release Date: 28th January
I don't know much about Angered Wrecks, to be honest, I don't want to but what I do know is the band lived together and would record all their tracks via a mic dangling from the ceiling in their rehearsal space. What you get is a raw bottled punk rock n roll nectar that has you hooked with one hit. It's nasty, a bit filthy and full of piss and vinegar. The band split up because they got evicted and now Cardinal Fuzz present this perfect punk document across 15 tracks recorded in 1981.
For those who dig: The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, dingy, rough, raw and primitive punk.
ake the freaked-out punked up soul of The Stooges and MC5 mix that with 60s garage trash, blend in Sabbath, AC/DC and heavy rock n roll and then hot wire that sound to a handful of freaks located in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Here it is that The Angered Wrecks were located – in an old Victorian style house in downtown Fredericton. It was here they set up a permanent rehearsal space on the main floor taking up the dining room and living room area with a full P.A. system and the long parties would begin as the Angered Wrecks cranked out an unholy primal serving of mind-numbing, eyeball-popping guttural pure rock and roll.
Lucky for us the Angered Wrecks had a primitive DIY recording set up as they recorded live off the floor with one cardioid mic taped to the ceiling to capture the entire room sound and straight into a cheap Alpine cassette deck. The results of these previously unheard recordings capture the essence of trashy rock’n roll at it’s finest, delivered with pure dereliction, and always a side of extra sleaze.
Keeping warm in the winter at another old salt box style house they would later rehearse and play gigs in, a large circle was cut in the floor so that the rising heat from the pottery kiln downstairs would (along with the right mixture of beer and ‘Purple Jesus’, weed and often speed and hot dogs) keep these boys fuelled long enough in sub zero temperatures to keep pumping out the rock’n roll savagery.
The last show they played was in the fall of ’81 at the Bug Shack after the household was served an eviction noticed with the house to be entirely demolished (just like Stooge Manor aka The Fun House). They got a gig together the weekend before demolition, packed the bottom floor and played a blazing set. At the very end, walls were kicked apart, old cans of paint strewn about, general wanton destruction to furniture, doors, windows etc…insane. The bug shack had come to an end and shortly thereafter, The Angered Wrecks.
That these tapes have survived to this day is all thanks to John Westhaver’s archival hoarding (even though the loss of a 90 minute session of the Angered Wrecks still haunts John to this day).
So CRANK these tracks as loud as you can – these audio tapes are not for the faint of heart.
1. Fuck You 01:51
2. Headbanger 01:16
3. I Need Lunch 03:33
4. Shake Appeal 03:06
5. I Need Somebody 04:20
6. Steppin' Stone 02:45
7. Shakin' Street 03:01
8. Brand New Cadillac 02:10
9. Burnout 02:18
10. Doserino 02:19
11. Search And Destroy 04:09
12. Too Drunk Too Fuck 02:37
13. You Drive Me Nervous 02:19
14. Red Rubber Ball 02:44
15. Fairies 06:09