Wednesday, December 30, 2015

ICYMI: Jett Plastic released 'Bantam Rooster with Ko' 7" last month

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 4:42 AM

Garage heads, rejoice: This excellent 7" record, which was originally set to be released on Italy Records 15 years ago, was finally issued by Jett Plastic last month. It's propulsive, fun, and an essential release for Detroit rock and roll fans.
Originally slated for release in 2000 on Italy Records, we’re extremely excited that this 7” single is finally getting its due, albeit fifteen years later, as a Jett Plastic Recordings/Italy Records release! These two songs, ‘Tarantula’ and ‘Love’s Too Strong’, represent particularly unique recordings for the band, as the original premise was to have Ko Melina (Dirtbombs, Ko and The Knockouts) to write one song for the 7” (Love’s Too Strong), and to have T. Jack Potter write the other (Tarantula). As such, Ko plays bass and sings background vocals on both songs, along with Jim Diamond, who hams it up on the Moog and Cowbell. After three years of work (and actually trying to track down the songs and original artwork!) we’re finally ready to unleash this record, complete with all the garage rock intensity and overall ferocity it would have had, had it been released back in 2000.

Formed in 1994 by Thomas Jackson Potter (Choke Chains, The Dirtbombs, Seger Liberation Army, Detroit City Council), Bantam Rooster went on to release three fantastic full-lengths on Crypt Records, along with assorted singles on Flying Bomb Records and Estrus. The band is mostly defunct, but, hey- you never know with these guys.

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