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Special thanks to Ed Masley from the AZ Republic who helped contribute to this report.
Playboy Manbaby is the contradictory soundtrack to the contemporary life experience. Grimly sarcastic yet youthfully nihilistic music that seems to crash into things with a semi-coherent deliberation that can only be generated by a group of frail but over-caffeinated and eternally anxious young adults. Playboy Manbaby is the theme song to the sentiment “what the fuck am I doing with my life?” Indecisive in both message and genre but never lacking in sheer intensity.
The group hail from Phoenix, Arizona and consist of Robbie Pfeffer (vocals), Chris Hudson( bass), TJ Friga (guitar), David Cosme (trumpet), Chad Dennis (drums), and Austin Rickert (sax). Having been a regional powerhouse for over five years with two previously released cassette albums on their own Rubber Brothers label, these lads have have shared the stage with the likes of: Mike Watt & The Missing Men, King Khan & BBQ Show, King Khan & The Shrines, Rocket From The Crypt, Thee Oh Sees, Cosmonauts, The Spits, Black Flag, The Descendents, The Replacements, The Slackers, Teenage Bottlerocket, among countless others.
Setting the tone with the scathing political satire of “You Can Be a Fascist Too,” a track they shared in the wake of November’s election because as they noted on Facebook, “we feel like every societal catastrophe deserves a proper theme song.” It’s the perfect introduction to an album that goes on to make its way through such modern punk and post-punk classics as the jittery, sax-fueled “Last One Standing,” “Cadillac Car” and “Don Knotts in a Wind Tunnel,” while Robbie Pfeffer’s unhinged vocals stylings underscore the brilliance of his lyrical approach.
Pfeffer says, “I'm really happy with how this album came out. It's the most thought we've put into an album, it's the most work we've ever put into an album and I think it's the most coherent thing we've ever done. On my end I think the writing is significantly less esoteric and more focused. I'm not hiding what I have to say.”
They started work on the album in late 2014, Pfeffer says. “ We wrote a whole album and after recording a bunch and going on tour we came back and realized we hated a lot of the stuff we had written. So we scrapped 80 percent of the stuff we had done and started over.”
The next batch of songs were “significantly better,” Pfeffer says, We took our time on this one and it was our first album recorded track-by-track, which lets you mess with anything, which is a blessing and a curse. I never want to take so long on a record ever again, but I’m glad we did.”
They’re already 10 songs deep into the making of the next one, Pfeffer says. And there are three songs coming out in May on a split release. In the meantime, there’s a show to celebrate the new release, an all-ages blowout that features a Thin Bloods reunion, The Darts, Andy Warpigs and Genre.
About Lolipop Records
Lolipop Records is a semi-revolutionary multi-cultural conglomeration of punk kids, loveless teen dreams & pop enthusiasts trying to change the world! Lolipop is far more than just a record store & independent record label, it is a global revolution, for current day rock n' roll! A safe haven for music junkies alike! we started by releasing underground bands on cassette format in 2010 and have sprawled into releasing vinyl records, 45's & Cd's, while creating a retail store and recording studio right here in beautiful Los Angeles. We here at Lolipop are a family, and are always dedicated to releasing music that no one has heard before, music everyone's heard before, and maybe not even music at all! We believe in everything we release and support our community and want to bring awareness to the global rock n' roll music community that rock n' roll is in fact, not dead! we want the world to know about this amazing music that sometimes goes unheard. Join the Lollipop family!!!
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 188.8.131.52's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.