When Ryan Wells & Scott Soriano, two gentlemen of my acquaintance, decided to start an mp3 blog called STATIC PARTY featuring rare 45s of what they call â€œpunkâ€™s third rail, 1990-2000â€, I figured the thing would be pretty solid. What I didnâ€™t count on was just how much terrific spazz/garage/noise/ punk these vaunted record hoarders were swooping up in those unheralded years, and how much stuff they had that I didnâ€™t. STATIC PARTY, about once or twice a week, posts a 45 direct from these fellasâ€™ hallowed stashes, and more often than not, the tracks are pretty frigginâ€™ wild. Theyâ€™re certainly unavailable elsewhere. If they werenâ€™t doing it, not only would you (and I) not know about these gems, virtually no one else would know either â€“ because Iâ€™ll bet dollars to donuts that virtually no one else owns such a dizzying array of garage-influenced punk rock vinyl from that age. I know you can say that about a lot of mp3 blogs (Sorianoâ€™s CRUD CRUD, for instance), but this microscene is territory that only Static Party is mining, and Iâ€™ve found a large bucketful of new favorite songs as a result of their labors.
Here are three stunners I downloaded straight from the site. All are from Seattle (a coincidence, honestly), and as of this writing, two are actually still available on Static Party itself. They wonâ€™t always be â€“ most disappear after 3 or 4 weeks. THE STITCHES are a band I saw in 2003 up there â€“ they put on monkey masks or something & jumped around like goofballs, and never in my wildest dreams did I think they were capable of balls-out raw power like this. (Correction, May 19th – I’m confusing “The Stitches” with “The Spits”. I know nothing about either band, but I’ve been corrected in the comments below – The Stitches were a California band, and I assume they did not employ monkey masks). MAN-TEE-MANS â€“ well, itâ€™s a Rob Vasquez band, post-NIGHT KINGS, and Iâ€™m dumbfounded that I sold this 45 back after I bought it in 1994, despite featuring the Great Man and my pal Caryn to boot. I think I was burnt out on Robâ€™s tuneless â€œlearning to playâ€ bands, but this sounds like pure genius now, as simple and unadorned as the first URINALS single, and even more dumb. I saw STEEL WOOL a few times back in the 90s, but never did they sound as roaring and loose as they do on â€œDevilâ€™s Nightâ€, which out-Mudhoneys MUDHONEY. Check them all out below and at STATIC PARTY.