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Review: Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt – Vintage Piss

Album Review

Here's a wee gem from the Swami Records archive

Since 1993, the 13 songs which make up the wonderfully-titled album ‘Vintage Piss’ have sat on a shelf somewhere in San Diego.

Earlier that year, Swami Records – the label run by Rocket From The Crypt frontman John ‘Speedo’ Reis – curated a 33-track collection by New York punk rock draughtsmen Testors called Complete Recordings 1976–79. It featured every single song recorded by the band before a series of incidents led to frontman Sonny Vincent’s short spell in a New York State psychiatric hospital. 

A US tour soon followed, with members of the Rocket From The Crypt – Speedo, guitarist Andy 'ND' Stamets and drummer Mario 'Ruby Mars' Rubalcaba – acting as Vincent’s backing band in a set that reignited those dissonant songs, flickering brightly in Manhattan stamping grounds like CBGB’s or Max’s Kansas City. It was on this tour, perhaps buoyed by fans’ reception to their performances, that someone suggested they enter a studio and record an album. 

Vintage Piss, then_,_ was recorded with bluster at Drag Racist Studios in San Diego and captures the essence of both Vincent and Rocket From The Crypt at their most sonorous. 

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