sonny vincent - The I-94 Bar
Ten bands Joey saw live in 2019 - or wishes she did and watched online:
- Bigger Than Jesus (Australia)
- The Heinous Hounds Blues Band (Australia)
- The Sick Rose (Italy)
- The Stems (Australia)
- Rough n Tumble (Netherlands)
- Radio Birdman (USA/Australia)
- The Casanovas (Australia and in expectation of their album launch cos I know it will blow my mind)
- Jeff Dahl (USA)
- Sonny Vincent (Testors)
- The Laissez Fairs (Ireland/USA)
Joey Bedlam was the leader of Melbourne's Doll Squad and will be releasing a new recording in 2020.
Three years ago, family tragedy thrust Sonny Vincent from being a cult New York punk legend into the role of full-time carer.
Based in Europe for two decades from where he prolifically recorded and toured, he was suddenly pulled back to the USA by a home gas explosion and fire that left his son, daughter-in-law and grandson on life support in a North Carolina hospital.
Sonny’s family has survived but his music is on indefinite hold. Day-to-day life now revolves around his 12-year-old grandson Cayden, still undergoing skin grafts while trying to live the life of a schoolboy. Sonny hasn’t picked up a guitar since that fateful night and has been existing on donations.
Sonny Vincent: Primitive 1969-76. Diamond Distance & Liquid Fury - Sonny Vincent (Hozac Archival)
Some would hide their earliest bands’ recordings in a dark place and hope nobody found them. Thankfully, not Sonny Vincent.
As one of the last New York punks still standing, Sonny Vincent criminally remains a well-kept secret. The music he’s made under his own name, and with a string of bands - most notably, Max’s Kansas City and CBGB graduates, Testors - is some of the best primal sound around. This collection of songs from his pre-punk bands, spanning 1969-72, does nothing to detract from that track record.