Today’s Sounds: The BCASA

The new EP by your favourite local punk kids (to shake a fist at) the BCASA + a new track by NYC’s Guards and a ridonkulous video by Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire.


The BCASA, Weslemania EP (Hybride Park)

Listening to the BCASA’s exactly like babysitting your 13-year-old kid brother and his friends while they have a sleepover in the basement, and you walk down the stairs to maybe get a popsicle out of the freezer and you catch them jumping off the furniture with blankets tied around their necks pretending they’re superheroes, and they’re all like, “What the fuck are you looking at?”

Mix in a guitar, a bass, a drum kit, some punk rock and a cease and desist letter from Bill Cosby’s lawyers, and you’ve got the BCASA.

Formerly known as the B*** C**** Anarchist Society of America, this local trio of perpetual teenagers just released the digital version of their recent EP, Weslemania. After two previous releases (Bateman Begins and Fuck It Up Hard! available for free here) and an amazing music video for “Mortal Kombat,” primary songwriter and singer-guitarist Nick Raz is still writing about video games and superheroes with songs like “Machine Man,” “Spider-Mao” and the EP’s standout track, “NBA Jam.”

I can’t decide whether lyrics like, “From coast to coast, played man to man / Select Orlando, Shaq pre-Shazaam / You bring the toast and I’ll bring the jam” (“NBA Jam”) are pure genius or completely stupid. It doesn’t really matter, though, because it’s just so goddamn catchy, and with five songs clocking it at just over 10 minutes, it’s over before you’ve made up your mind. Between the garage-y, jangly guitar, the gear-grinding tempo changes, Tarzan’s propulsive drumming and the call-and-answer vocals shared by Raz and bassist Wes Whatever, BCASA puts out what is quite possibly the nerdiest party music you’ll ever bang your head to.


Guards, “Coming Home”

This NYC band is ready to follow up their self-titled EP, with their debut LP In Guards We Trust. It’s out on Feb. 5 , 2013 via Black Bell Records.



Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, “The Message Pt. 1 & 2”

It has nothing to do with Grandmaster Flash, but this potty-mouth track from Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s Power & Passion EP has been blessed with a video featuring rural hijinx (framed in gold!) and a rant on Al Jazeera.

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