"voltage & violets"
Year:  1986
Country:  US
City:  Santa Rosa , CA
Label:  Konkurrel
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  21
Time: 39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk

BIOGRAPHY : VICTIMS FAMILY are a talented california musical trio that have been around since the mid-80s. Well, two-thirds of the band have stuck it out that long anyway (guitarist/vocalist Ralph Spight and bassist Larry Boothroyd). Many drummers have come and gone. Currently, Dave Gleza (ex of My Name) pounds the skins and hopefully he'll be doing so for some time to come.     From the outset, VF have made it obvious that they can and will do whatever they want musically. Possessing the chops and skills of multiple musical genres, Ralph, Larry and the gang have effortlessly blended their punk rock sound (and ethos) with jazz, funk, fussion, garage, psychedelia and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. Early on, they focused more on jamming and venting than on writing, but over the years their song-writing skills did catch up to their excellent technical expertise. The label "Alternative Tentacles" was smart to snatch them up in the early '90s and never let go. VF fits wonderfully into that label's catalog of the real and the weird. I recently trawled the VF catalog in order to indentify their finest 80 minutes of music for a compilation CD and, let me tell you... the music on that disc stands up majestically against anything from the past 20 years calling itself punk, rock, or fusion. In addition, I remember counting no less than three VF releases among the top albums of their respective years (1994's Headache Remedy; 1998's Crowd Repellent -Hellworms; and 2001's Apocalicious). In the great musical petrie dish, VF reminds me of Dead Kennedys (lyrically); Minor Threat and Stalag 13 (musically, early on); Voivod (fusion-wise going into the '90s); and Primus and NoMeansNo (funky transitionally). Do yourself a favor and explore the Victims Family continuum if you hain't already. REVIEW : This is as strong a debut as they come especially considering the punk rock DIY nature of this album and the era it came out in (pre-grunge, pre-internet, and pre-Reagan ahlzheimers... well maybe not that last one). The lyric sheet as must-read material is as much a truism for a Victims Family release as it was for each and every Dead Kennedys album. Ralph Spight fights his demons admirably from the get go utilizing all-out lyrical assaults on his oppressors and/or playing devil's advocate (Biafra-style) in order to make an ironic point.
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"white bread blues"
Year:  1990
Country:  US
Label:  Mordam
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk

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