The Bastards of Rock and Rotten Records: Confused Little Girl’s Record Deal

On June 8, 2011, Rotten Records announced that they would be signing with the Orlando band Confused Little Girl. Rotten Records supports and is home to at least 33 extreme metal and hardcore acts. Confused Little Girl is among the newest to sign a contract with them.

Though this is the first record deal for Confused Little Girl, it is not their first album. The band previously recorded three albums, according to Orange Amps. Their most recent album, Southern Gentlemen, was released on January 22, 2011, and they sold-out their CD release show for that album at the Social in Orlando, FL. The band’s website confirms that the first album that Rotten Records will release will be the rerelease of Southern Gentlemen. The album will be available this September.

To promote their new album, Confused Little Girl is teaming up with Swamp Sitters for the Behold the Broken Eardrums Tour. According to their website and sister fanbridge site, the tour will have over 200 stops. The tour will commence in July with 20 East Coast dates. The dates and venues of the first leg of the tour, borrowed from their site, can be viewed below.

Source: Confused Little Girl's official page (www.bastardsofrock.com)

Confused Little Girl is made up of four musicians who consider themselves a “deep fried southern swamp rock band.” They formed in 2005 and have toured throughout much of the continental United States. They have opened for underground rock acts such as Stinking Lizaveta, Artimus Pyledriver, Alabama Thunderpussy, Dark Castle, Abdullah, Earthride and more. They have also performed at the House of Blues and Hard Rock Live, as well as on the radio, including Orlando’s 1041 FM WTKS and 101.1 FM WJRR.

Their album Southern Gentlemen includes 12 tracks, which can be viewed on Music Bay.  (The songs are no longer available for download, as they will soon be available from Rotten Records.) The themes of their music include drinking whiskey, murder, and selling your soul to Satan. One review of the album (by Jake Ball and Bill Goodman of The Soda Shop) called their music “heavy in all the senses that one would expect.” The authors described the songs as “catchy and have you nodding your head in unison to the rifts.”

Their music can be previewed on their website.

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Upcoming Shows

It’s been busy at work with Easter coming up and everything, but I do have new bands to review lined up! Tonight, I will be going to the 1048 downtown to see Surgestone for some accoustic action. Then Saturday night, I will be headed to Rockbottom for some Splendid Chaos. I am currently listening to Splendid Chaos via their website, and I am extremely excited about this show! I also love the lighting at Rockbottom, so I should get some good stuff!

The interview with The Eastern Wave is also coming soon!

Keep an eye open for updates. 🙂

Wobbling up the Celtic Festival

The Wobbly Toms

BAND: THE WOBBLY TOMS

GENRE: AMERIPUB INDIE BLUEGRASS CELTIC FOLK ROCK

VENUE: CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL

Wobbly Timmy

The applause drowned out the final chord of the band’s last song. The musicians, seven young men who call St. Augustine home, gathered up their instruments and prepared to exit the stage. “One more song,” started the crowd. “One more song!” Three chants in, the words resounded in perfect harmony from nearly a hundred voices, resonating through the field in historic downtown St. Augustine. The last member of the Wobbly Toms to leave the stage gave the crowd an embarrassed grin, then made an exaggerated hasty exit from the stage.

Wobbly Calvie

“One more song!” The stage fell silent amidst the persistent, thundering chanting. The spotlights fell softly upon the abandoned drum kit, mikes, and speakers. The night’s darkness enveloped the crowd. Seconds passed with no sign of the band. Still the audience demanded their encore, their voices unfaltering. In fact, their cries grew louder with every passing moment. It was not a question of if the Toms would reclaim the stage, but when.

Dread Wobbly

And return they did, pride and joy illuminated by the spotlights. The crowd’s chanting slipped fluidly into cheering. Their encore won, they danced with merry feet, small clouds of dirt rising in the air from the stirring of their dancing.

Thus ended St. Augustine’s 1st annual Celtic Music Festival. It was a week of great music – including groups from Ireland, the always wonderful Black 47, and the Wobbly Toms, the only local band in the festival. The beer was strong and heady, the food was good, and the company beyond terrific. There was a great energy in the air that could not be entirely attributed to the alcohol (or the glorious sight of men in kilts).

Dick Wobbly

As previously stated, the Wobbly Toms were the only local band who participated in the Celtic Festival. They are a fan favorite wherever they go, and if any local St. Augustine band deserved the honor of performing at the festival, it was the Toms.

Jerm Wobbly

I’ve had the pleasure of following the Toms for two years now. First as a fan, and now as a friend, family, and photographer. Their music is infectious and full of energy and vitality. It can’t be neatly categorized. It’s a mixture of Ameripub rock, indie, folk, bluegrass, and Celtic. Instruments include electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, harmonica, mandolin, violin, Irish tin whistle, banjo, accordion, and the bagpipes. Most of their songs are originals, but they do play some covers. I should rephrase that last. They don’t just play covers, they perform the covers, giving each their own unique flair. A lesson that I wish more cover bands would learn.

Christmas Wobbly

That being said, it is little wonder that the crowd clamors for an encore at nearly every show. And it is no wonder that, on the last night of the festival, the crowd rushed the stage, ignoring the fact that it was roped off for VIPs, and danced beneath the starlight to the quick, vibrant rhythm of one of St. Augustine’s greatest local bands. 

Wobbly Toad

I encourage anyone visiting St. Augustine to make it to a Wobbly Toms show. Their usual venues include The British Pub (on the island), Meehan’s Irish Pub, and the White Lion, though they sometimes play other places, as well. Check out their site on Facebook. Also, they have just this month released their first ever album, Everybody Happy. Not only can you buy the album at concerts, but it is also available for download on bandcamp. Check them out! You won’t be sorry.

The Wobbly Toms