Friday, July 29, 2011
COUNTY Z - Tape- 2000(?)
County Z remains one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time. In a time when punk was making me groan (minus the genius music that was/ still is consistently coming out of the deep southern US), County Z was banging out some noise that was inspired by living in homemade shacks by the river, hopping trains, cheap whiskey, big old rotting midwestern houses, hot dish, rusting clunky bikes, homemade amps, DIY for real, broken shit, and homemade tattoos. Seeing them live was always exciting because it was always different than the previous time. I never saw them play a bad show. This tape shows COUNTY Z in their early, formative stages, but is no less serious or intense as their LP that came out a year or so later. The songs "Priest" and "84 Hours" still make the hairs on my neck tingle. "Rotten Living" and "Liquor Store" have been mixtape staples since the dawn on this century.
This band was (and still sorta is) so anti-technology and anti-digital, that I asked them if it was okay if I put their songs online. Well, I asked the most anti-computer one of all of them. He said "yeah, I just used Craigslist for the first time...it was weird. Computers are fucked, but 'I guess I want people to hear my band." Perfect for listening to on a cold day by the river.
Download tape here