Three chord garage punk from 1966, straight to 2007 (when this demo was recorded).
The B Sides are a fairly new group (formed at the end of 2006) yet, they've already developed a following in the club circles of Athens. With a strong set of well selected covers and some originals that would fit perfectly in any 60s compilation, their live shows are not to be missed. Three of the five members are not new to the scene (they've been to the Odd Mods, Yesterday's Thoughts and Psykicks) But what makes them exceptional is their sound: this swinging farfisa of Apo 66, the balanced rhythm section of Lefteris and Panaramone and the hard working guitar of John, and above all the voice of Maria, sometimes husky and "mean", sometimes sensual, create the garagehead's wet dream: 2-minute 3-chord anthems for the teens of all ages, played with love and knowledge.
This 8-song demo was recorded not long after their start, yet we can listen all of the above, (some still in the stage of developement). But even in this early demo we find some true gems (like their own "Hey Mister" or their cover of Unrelated
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There's nothing earth-shattering about the 44 minutes of live material represented on this CD -- it's just a well-played set by one of the better garage bands working on New York's Long Island during the mid-'60s. But that's sort of the point -- precious little of that scene survives in so pure and unadulterated a form as you get to hear here, and depend upon it, this is worth hearing. Near as one can make out, the Long Island group the Outcasts (as distinct from the similarly named bands from Texas and elsewhere) were an enthusiastic, talented outfit, capable of doing live covers of numbers like "Mustang Sally" and "Hang On Sloopy" for audiences of the day, often with a lot of verve and spirit, which does get picked up on this performance. Additionally, the choice of some of their covers -- "In the Midnight Hour" and "Satisfaction" are not surprising choices, but Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and the Stones' "Play With Fire" -- shows some more serious musical ambitions, the ability to do more than deliver a beat, and a willingness to demand a little more out of an audience; this show also contains what
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