Jesus Says Relax – The Tits

Everyone has one band that turns them onto a scene and become more aware of what’s going on. Back in the 90’s, Nirvana turned more than half of America onto the grunge scene in Seattle. However, it doesn’t always have to be the biggest band in the world. It could be a smaller band that has a big sound. The Tits were one of those bands. I never knew shit about the Nashville music scene until I heard them. And damn, were they one hell of an introduction.

Their debut and only CD “Jesus Says Relax” was sleazy garage rock at it’s finest. I remember hearing that they came up with the album title in a dream in which Jesus told them to tell everyone to “relax.” The story’s cool, but skepticism is almost a reflex when someone names their band something like the Tits. If the music doesn’t rule, that name could go south easily. See below for a perfect example.

Yeah, that shit will send shivers up your spine. Luckily for the other Tits, the album is hit city. They made the rare achievement of making really heavy riffs that make you want to move. It makes it feel like you’re taking a shot of whiskey each song. So in under 20 minutes, the Tits will fuck you up.

I never found out why the band broke up shortly after releasing this album. Seeing as how it was a real quiet break-up, I guess we could assume problems within the band, but I’m not gonna speculate that shit. The band’s done either way, which is a shame, cause they were one of few bands in this city that gave the town a much needed punch in the balls. No idea what happened to the guitarist/vocalist Chris Rigdon but at least the drummer Matt Hearn and bassist/vocalist Dave McCowen went on to do cool shit with Turbo Fruits.

When this puppy came out, they were giving away copies at shows and on their website. Luckily, you can still listen to it/download it on their still function bandcamp. It’s short (and anything but sweet), so it’s not like you can’t take a minute to listen to a couple of tracks. For a good laugh, check out their still active myspace. That blog they wrote was fucking hilarious.

Myspace

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