Big Neck Fest (multiple venues)


  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States
Wood Chickens. Photo by Connie Ward.

Wood Chickens. Photo by Connie Ward.

Big Neck Records is a small rock label based in Leesburg, Virginia, but its connection to Madison began when it released the 2014 debut album from Madison's Fire Heads (then named Fire Retarded), Scroggz Manor. The first night of the two-day Big Neck Fest, at the High Noon Saloon, will celebrate two new releases from Madison acts, with a solid lineup of three Madison favorites as well as Memphis “heavy pop” outfit Fresh Flesh, who combine a nostalgic 1970s punk quality with energetic garage rock. Following their Skunk Ape EP release this past February, Madison band Wood Chickens are back with their latest full-length, Countrycide. The cow-punk trio blur the line between country and hardcore, and reliably play energetic and weirdly comedic live sets. Below you can see the video for one of the album's songs, "Full Speed Ahead," which captures footage from Wood Chickens' live shows around Wisconsin. Countrycide exhibits the many sides of Wood Chickens, while maintaining an accessible sense of cohesion. Much of the album favors the more hardcore side of Wood Chickens, such as on “Song For Flightless Birds,” while “Guys In Big Trucks” cranks up a classic southern guitar twang and a stab at the Good Ol’ Boys caricature. The trio also incorporates plenty of psychedelic elements within tracks, particularly on “King Of Siam,” which takes a spaced-out surf rock turn. Due for a new release since adding their third member, Tyler Fassnacht (Fire Heads, Proud Parents, TS Foss), garage-pop stalwarts The Hussy are back with a new 7-inch on Big Neck. No Hoax starts off the night with fuzzed-out, noisy post-hardcore and one of the most dynamic live sets in town. The "fest" moves over to Mickey's Tavern on night two for a bill featuring Fire Heads and Milwaukee band Gallery Night. —Emili Earhart