“SONG FOR EWE”
with THOMAS HAZELMYER A.K.A HAZE XXL of
AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a label boss whose brand of noise rock really got me started back in the day. Amphetamine Reptile not only had a great roster including Helmet, Chokebore, Boss Hog, Surgery, Today Is The Day, Cows (the list goes on), it had a killer 7″ series called “Dope, Guns And F***ing In The Streets” and some kickass artwork. He set up the label originally to put out records by his band Halo of Flies, but it was the success of Helmet’s debut “Strap It On” that kept the label charging on, and eventually finding its and his home in Minneapolis, it is to noise what Paisley Park was to funk. I’m very chuffed to be joined on Velvet Sheep some 20 odd years after first writing about him, it’s Haze XXL also known as Thomas Hazelmyer…
I still return to the amazing “1993 Sampler” of Amphetamine Reptile Records to this day. I picked it up as a whimsical extra wallet friendly purchase at Rough Trade Shop in Covent Garden, and it soundtracked my summer. After watching Screech et al in “Saved By The Bell”, i’d go to my room and whack this up to 11 (and other such rock cliches). Kicking off with Chokebore’s 1’20” odd Shudder To Think meets Unsane scream, via Boss Hog, the Helmet classic of “Born Annoying” to the punk pop strop of X “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” which would possibly be my “song for ewe”, it was all killer no filler.
After doing an e-mailer interview for The Quietus with the former AmRep star Steve Austin from Today Is The Day, I found Haze XXL on FB and was chuffed he was up for choosing a tune that he’d enjoyed lately…so without further ado, it’s over to Thomas and his “song for ewe”…
“I only break out this song once in a while because like heroin, the odds are good that it’ll spin out of control and I’ll fuggin’ spin it 1000 times if I spin it once. Huge stomp and swagger of 60’s garage era Seattle.
Sure The Sonics were consistently better, but for one moment the Wailers jumped out of their shadow and out twisted, out screamed, and out fuzzed ’em. That slow motion ham fisted solo kills me.”
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CHEERS TO HAZE XXL!!!