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Emotional Response at Rebel Noise

Long-running DIY indie crash-popsters Stewart Anderson and Jen Turrell give a final farewell with a new 7″ EP and video.

Celebrated indie-punk-poppers Boyracer have enjoyed a lengthy career in the indie-underworld/underbelly/armpit (depending on how you look at it) with amazingly over 800 commercially-released songs since their 1991 debut. You’d think that’s a made up number, but no. Boyracer have released records on such acclaimed and regarded labels as Sarah, Slumberland, Blackbean and Placenta, HHBTM, etc, and at this point have crafted their aggressive melodic pop into a fine art.

Boyracer’s recent 7″ EP on Emotional Response Records, however, is touted to be their final release, a dazzling 4-song EP of crash pop greatness. It was recorded after a 4-year hiatus and features the only constant member Stewart Anderson, his wife Jen Turrell, and Sarah Records era guitarist Matt Green, making his return to the world of Boyracer after nearly 2 decades. After two and a half decades the needle is still buried far into the red.

The video for first single “Jump” features Stewart Anderson (Boyracer), Jen Turrell (Boyracer), Mike Shulman (Black Tambourine/Slumberland Records), Ara Hacopian (Boyracer/Saturday People), and Mario Hernandez (From Bubblegum to Sky/Kids on a Crime Spree). Video by Claude Cardenas, filmed at the 2014 San Francisco Popfest and at Jen and Stew’s home in AZ. Music available from


Athens Intensified at Rebel Noise


Bastards of Fate Interview at Rebel Noise

Heya Doug, Camellia, Benji, Jason, and Doug #2!  Before I grill you with hard-hitting, hot topic, button-pushing questions, could you please introduce yourselves and comment on the differences between the two Dougs?

Doug Cheatwood. I’m Doug. I’m medium sized and the singer. As opposed to tall Doug, who plays drums and sampler.

Doug Shelor: He stands in the front. I sit in the back.

Camellia Delk: I’m Camellia, I play synth teeths. Doug Cheatwood runs around in the front like a looney tune w/ a utility light while Doug Shelor is stationary in the back and flails his arms around lots, like a mad man in distress. Same. Yet. Different.

Jason Wellz: I’m Jason. I’m in charge of bass and pure moods.

Benji Pugh: I’m Benji (Guitar) and I never move. Except when things go
horribly awry.

Camellia: Like… when you get exorcised or get pied in the face?


Bastards of Fate at Rebel Noise

Tucked into the mountains of southwest Virginia, Roanoke is a city of shadows and mist. The Bastards of Fate didn’t move there to become famous—they were born there, to grow up obscure. But as the release of their 2nd album, Vampires are Real and Palpable, approaches, the band’s reputation continues to spread like a well-executed piece of vandalism. A handful of rave reviews here, a successful tour of Europe there, and people are beginning to notice.

The Bastards make music for the 21st century, and possibly—if we make it that far as a species—the 22nd, It’s a cluttered screaming cacophony of connected isolation.  Vampires is a darker, altogether more desperate affair than 2012’s Who’s a Fuzzy Buddy, sounding less like a studio project and more like a band. It captures the visceral energy of their live shows—a chaotic mess of lightbulbs and screaming. Vampires laughs in the face of its demons; it scowls & weeps when confronted with angels. Cloaked in a sort of Edwardian grandeur, Vampires leaves one’s certainties in turmoil. It one of the deepest, most extreme, most tuneful records to emerge in recent memory.