Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Epoxies

Portland band The Epoxies play new wave punk rock to the extreme! DIY costumes, synths, '80s guitars, tons of energy, songs about robots and the atomic age, and a great live show are all trademarks of this band. The first time I saw them I didn't exactly know what to expect... I'd been a fan of FM Static's pop punk band The Automatics and he emailed me to say his new band was coming to town and I should check them out. They came out in full costumes and opened the show with a cover of "The Professionals" from the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, a wonderful underground punk movie, which I finally recently found on a DVD bootleg of on Ebay. They continued by blasting through their own fast-paced keyboard driven punk songs and topped things off with an Adam and the Ants cover ("Beat My Guest"). That was back in 2000 or early 2001. Ken Dirtnap signed them to his label and released two singles and their first album and the band took off. They toured the States and got tons of attention and ended up getting signed to Fat Wreck Chords. They continued to play Seattle once or twice a year and released one album on Fat. In 2007 they switched labels to Metropolis, known more for industrial music than punk rock, and released and EP on the label in August of 2007. The band is working on their next album, which is slated to be released in Fall of 2008.

  • 2001, self-titled 7" (Dirtnap Records)
  • 2002, "Synthesized" 7" (Dirtnap Records)
  • 2002, self-titled LP/CD (Dirtnap Records)
  • 2002, "Epoxies" CD EP, includes first two 7"s (self-released)
  • 2003, song on Dirtnap Across America compilation CD (Dirtnap Records)
  • 2004, "Need More Time" featured on Rock Against Bush compilation CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 2005, "Stop the Future" CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 2005, song "Don't Talk to Me" on Old Skars and Upstarts 2005 compilation (Disaster Records)
  • 2005, song "Synthesized" on Rock Against Floyd compilation (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 2007, "My New World" CD EP (Metropolis)
Band members: Roxy Epoxy on vocals, FM Static on keyboards, Shock Diode on bass, Viz Spectrum on guitar, and Ray Cathode on drums

The band's website has all kinds of more information, music and videos, you should check it out! These photos are from a live show at the Crocodile Cafe in January 2002.

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