THE BLOODY MESS ROCK CIRCUS
Label: Deathangel Absolution Records
THE BLOODY MESS ROCK CIRCUS is:
BLOODY F. MESS: Ring Leader/Vocal Vibrations
CHRISTOPHER T BAGGINS (ELECTRIC JESUS): Lead Bass/Vocals
ANDY FRIEND (THE AMBASSADOR): Lead Guitar
RICH PSONAK: DRUMS
This modern masterpiece of classic, true, pure rock’n’roll fury brings a new route to the fearless, ever-growing BLOODY F. MESS experience. This is a true breath of fresh mountain air to punk, nay, rock’n’roll in general.
For those not familiar with BLOODY, he started performing amongst the thickets and detritus of Chicago, Illinois, some 30 years ago, forging away in his own gleefully sardonic brand of “scum rock.” The band was called BLOODY F. MESS AND THE SKABS, and in the time period put out, to this very day, the notoriously offensive and classic 6th Grade Field Trip, an hysterical *(to the eternal 16 year old in me, anyway) record to this very day. He also had a “friendship/collaboratory” experience with the forever infamous *(and forever misunderstood, just one long time fan’s opinion) GG ALLIN.
But if you’ve followed BLOODY over the years, you have heard different sounds and hysterias and, eventually, growth, which lyrically (ALL LYRICS BY BLOODY), and even sonically (ALL MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER T BAGGINS AND ANDY FRIEND, except THE BLUEST OF THE BLUE BY T BAGGINS/S. SHAND/ JAY MILLER), this album boils down to to that growth. It goes through a series of sounds and emotions, and plays out quite autobiographically as BLOODY pulls no punches in his strength, awareness, and sheer force of will toward self-improvement, at any cost.
Every emotion is covered, from his bittersweet and nostalgic escape from the flats of Illinois, to painful and creepy memories of past lovers, to his rediscovery of true-truth to self. It is an album of honesty and, as previously stated, fury. Every emotion may be covered indeed in this true sonic tale of rebirth, with a multitude of different sounds (from classic SKABS-style blasters to sinister, deathrock-driven drivers to straight-up blues) thrown into the perfect production of none other than the legendary SoCal musicians *(and in my opinion world’s greatest guitar player) RIKK AGNEW (CHRISTIAN DEATH, D.I., ADOLESCENTS, 45 GRAVE, too many others to go into here), and the mixing and engineering skills of one-time SCREAMERS and 45 GRAVE keyboardist PAUL ROESSLER. Together, AGNEW and ROESSLER are a production beast to be reckoned with.
They both make musical appearances as well, AGNEW on 2nd guitar to the songs “Iggy Pop Doesn’t Stage Dive Anymore” and the sinister sounding “Can’t Take No More,” as well as supplying backing screams to “Spidarlings.” ROESSLER works his keyboard skills on “Spidarlings” and “Mending Fences.” Other long time and classic guest musicians pop up here as well, including backing vocals by both DON BOLLES (GERMS, VOX POP, 45 GRAVE), and “forgotten” one-time RAMONES drummer RICHIE RAMONE, as well as screams by TRACY and AUDREY McCLOUD.
From devil-women to reconciliation to the mind-opening awe of a new landscape to kicking nicotine with my favorite sweet green to walking away from the unnecessary past, this album is a pure thrill, painfully honest, this by far being the best band BLOODY has yet to work with, and some of his best lyrical output yet. It’s sheer power from start to finish. There’s nary a weak moment here.
All in all, this album is a necessity for the true fan of classic, open minded punk rock’n’roll and the original intents of its spirit and aesthetic.
Expect an interview with BLOODY F. MESS here amongst the ROSETTA BONES within the next couple of weeks. And go buy this album.
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