Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Paul Mattox

According to this online auction of a vinyl pressing of this album, this man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Daytona Beach (not sure what year). Apparently, he wrote and arranged all the songs on his albums by himself. 

Update: Paul Mattox himself posted on our Facebook page that this story of his passing is fabricated, and indeed he is alive and well!

Genre: Blues Rock / Southern Rock

Friday, January 17, 2014

Elegantly W8sted

Genre: Rock / Southern Rock

Bigger Gun


Eggbert

Genre: Punk

From The Roanoke Times "Punk in Roanoke" feature:

"Eggbert was the brainchild of the 18-year-old version of Roanoke Times staffer Matt Chittum. A sister band to the more serious Мир, Eggbert were the clowns of Roanoke's punk scene, raffling off turkeys during concerts and singing songs about Ramen noodles. A 1985 Roanoke Times story summed up their repertoire as 60-second pseudo-musical thrashings, including one performed with an exceptional lack of finesse. But then how many bands can boast bouncing 200 rubber superballs off the stage into the crowd?"

Attack of the Killer Noodles

Monday, August 12, 2013

dpw

These guys were from the Radford area, according to the liner notes—college band, I guess?

Genre: Indie Rock / Pop Punk

Doom Syndicate

Genre: Thrash Metal / Hardcore

Define Infinity

Genre: Metalcore

Chance Taylor, the bassist for this band (and several others) passed away in 2011, and here is a memorial article on The Roanoke Times blog about him.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dark Ruin

Genre: Thrash Metal

Although I have no idea if they're still around, Dark Ruin were stalwarts of the Roanoke music scene, playing a style of music firmly rooted in 80s heavy metal. I believe they released 2 full-length albums (in 2003 & 2006 respectively), before nearly every band member changed, their entire song catalog was jettisoned, and the group added a keyboard player. Unfortunately I don't have any material that was released after this point.

Here is an entertaining review of their 2003 release.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Crawling Through the Mud with Machine Guns

Genre: Folk Rock / Southern Rock

A mysterious band (to me, at least), with no Internet presence or available information. The band seems to be made of seasoned musicians given their proficiency, but I don't know any of their names or whether they were in other bands.

Cliff Beach

Genre: Country

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