The Hentchmen/The Paybacks Split 45 Rex Records
Meanwhile, back at the plot: those lovely people at Rex Records (the ones who brought you The Vines Factory EP) carry on the good work with a new split 45 starring Detroits Hentchmen & The Paybacks. The EP is a 4-track affair featuring 2 cuts from each band.
Johnny Volare Organ, Harmonica, Vocals
Tim V Eight Gtr
Mike Audi - Drums
The Hentchmen (see tMx4 for Q&A) have been banging down 60s garage sympathetic rock & roll for the best part of a decade. Their celebration of Punks back pages is as eclectic & addictive as it is authentic. The boys describe their sound as hit & run, but you can be a witness without worrying about a court date yet to come. Hard on the heels of their most effective LP to date, 2001s Infinity Times Three (Norton Records), All About Girls & Virginia Dare are right up there with The Hentchmens finest moments. Drenched in organ, murdered by guitars & surrounded by handclaps, resistance is futile load up & take cover, theyre gonna kick down that door any moment now. They say rock & roll is fun again, & they say its all The Hentchmens fault.
Official Hentch Blurb.
The Hentchmen are a top-notch Rock n' Roll combo from Detroit, Michigan. Their origin dates back to October 1992, when founding members John and Tim, bored with commercial radio, set out to play stripped down, primitive Rock n' Roll. Using the same blunt and essential instruments (organ, guitar and minimal drum kit) as their Sixties Garage/Punk heroes, the boys rebirthed a savage "hit and run" sound that would soon prove to drive the young-at-heart into a feeding frenzy.
With their youthful good looks (cited in the "Cute Bands Alert '97" in Seventeen magazine), and clean-cut charm, these able youngsters were soon invited to play several parties and functions as the Hentchmen.
Within the first year they had an explosive reputation and a solid fan base in both Detroit and Ann Arbor. In this time, the fellows released their first self-titled and produced seven-inch record. This effort led to a recording contract with Norton Records in New York and landed them many other indie seven-inch agreements. With all the local excitement, the Hentchmen were playing many shows in the Detroit area but decided to tour nationally. These cross-country, short-notice tours are what the gents are best known for as they have been from coast to coast several times.
In early 1996 after two full-length albums and half a dozen singles, John and Tim added Mike, former member of the Marquette Book Club, to payroll as their new drummer. Maintaining their reputation as one of Detroit's most prolific bands, the boys tightened up the "Hentch sound" and recorded their junior effort, "Broad Appeal".
The Hentchmen divide their time between brushing up on foreign language skills and preparing a new batches of hits. They have toured Europe several times, and have criss crossed the nation.
Although the Hentchmen will deny any professional affiliation with the future Detroit legend, Jack "Whitey" White, the local social mag, "Sceen Beat" has spotted both parties hangin' out together at several Detroit hotspots recently. This strongly supports rumors that White has been lending his "talents" on sessions for an Italy Records' mini-LP, titled "Gawker Delay". Along with the mini-LP, a more satiating Norton full-length, called "Motorvatin'" will hopefully re-ignite "Hentch Fever" and fans will "Fall" for any new platters!
The mighty Detroit Hentchbeat roars again with their most powerful record yet! INFINITY TIMES THREE (Norton 294) includes ten new driving Hentch originals + atomic covers of Big Joe Turner and Devo (?!) & knockout production by Jim Diamond. You dug their 4 smash Norton albums plus the HENTCH-FORTH mini-LP (featuring a young Jack White on bass), now let the big sound of the Hentchmen take you THREE TIMES INFINITY! The Hentchmen just blew their home town apart with their tenth anniversary show hey, remember their first Norton album? These guys were barely outtta short pants!! The guys head for a big UK tour soon!
Wendy Case Vocals, Gtr
Marco Delicato Gtr
John Szymanski Bass
Mike Latulippe Drums
The Paybacks are a rough, tough, Tonkatastic, monster truck glue sniffin bastard of a band. Led by the pebble-dashed voice of Wendy Case, we havent been this scared of a Wendy since Wendy O Williams & her Plasmatics. The Paybacks are on a single band mission to breath some dignity & integrity into that most bloated of corpses: Rock & Roll.
The Paybacks first caused a stir with a cut on the Jack White compiled Sympathetic Sounds Of Detroit in 2001 (Sympathy For The Record Industry). Their debut LP, Knock Loud, surfaced on the very credible Pittsburgh label, Get Hip Records (home of some rather groovy Billy Childish back catalogue & absolutely tons of quality garage rock). Scotch Love & Lazy Things, the 2 cuts on offer here, more than adequately illustrate the honesty, passion & fucking loud guitars that IS: The Paybacks.
The Paybacks have already converted Mr Rat Scabies to their sound. The drummer returned from a recent trip to Canada foaming at the mouth about the band. If its good enough for Rat, what more do you need to know?
Chalk another one up to Rex Records if the UK cant produce any decent guitar bands of its own then well just have to keep trawling the rest of the globe for quality. Rex is king?
Guy Debored trakMARX.com Jan 2003