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On Bizarro Hymns, his new release of original material, Vincent shows that his relative anonymity was error on our part........ where the album truly succeeds is its mixture of blues rock and punk. If this release gets any exposure, I don’t think it will be nearly as blasphemous to utter Vincent’s name in the same breath as Iggy as it is now.“

John Gentile - Published on July 5th 2011 - punknews.org



“All hail 'Bizarro Hymns',Sonny Vincent… one of New York's finest singer songwriters….. and the best album I've heard in months! Sheer fuckin' class!! Released on a label that is definitely the kind of place Uber Rockers should visit and support. Go get some people because this baby rocks !
Dive in and let Sonny Vincent fuck with your taste buds and shower you with quality songs.”

Dom Daley - Published July 21 2011- www.uberrock.co.uk



“Mostly speedy, in part trashy and rude Punk numbers with rough guitars and hit-character , for example “Tears For Rwanda” or the semi-ballade “Picture Album” ….and added to all this Sonny’s cool and unique voice. One of the few Punk’n’Roll legends …thankfully he is still alive”

Flight 13 - Published June 2011

 



“When the nuclear winter truly sets in and punk, jazz, surf, garage, rock, blues and any other music not produced by a robot or a DJ stealing someone else's songs are all dead, Sonny Vincent will be The Last Man Standing.

"Don't Give A Fuck" sets up proceedings like a hitmen prepping at the scene of an ambush. Cascading notes announce the song and Sonny makes his Statement of Intent…..the engine room locks into a pounding groove. You better have strapped yourself in by then because it's all been a prelude to one of those nitro-fuelled head-shakers…."Faster Pussycat" And that, folks, is pretty much the pattern….mid-paced rockers peppered with acrid hand grenades…one genuine ballad ("Crystal Clear") that still manages to rub sparks out of the air with some blazing guitar work.

These Hymns deserve to be heard”

The Barman- www.i94bar.com - Published May 2011



“….I admire people who endure and stay true….. surrounded by a list of illustrious guests……15 authentic numbers in true form”

Joachim Hiller Ox Magazine August 2011

 



"... "Bizarro Hymns" is once again great from the beginning to the end... it shows how manifold SONNY VINCENT is in 2011: classical 77 Punk, Glam, Garage and even softer ballads, all no problem for him..."

SLAM Magazine - Published July 2011

 



"... very true, very Punk. Great!!!"

Moloko Plus Magazine - Published August 2011

 


 

"... it's no secret that Mr. Vincent has an inimitable cool voice.... A must-have!"

Pankerknacker Magazine - Published 2011

 


 

"Sonny is a survivor, who stands for high octane R'n'R, brilliant guitars and powerful rhythms.
Call it New York punk rock, call it high voltage R'n'R, call it what you want Sonny plays it with integrity."

Kike Turmix - Running News Fanzine - Spain 1997



"Huge thumping riff kicks off a noisy bunch of toons from a noisy bunch of guys led by Sonny Vincent... down & dirty rock & roll...
Absolutely no weakness on display. Real raw rock from nasty punks playing for real."

Steve Wicks - ZIP CODE Magazine - England 1990

 



"Only good things deserve the trademark "Vincent".
Classic, undestroyable rock'n'roll with a cool swing.
Buy this one now."

Tom Tonk - Hullaballoo Fanzine - Germany 1996



"The extraordinary songs with their powerful interpretation inspire one to pay attention to a maniac like Sonny Vincent"

D. Jerkovic - Heroina Nova Fanzine - Croatia 1995



"...more energy than a nuclear power plant..."

Henning Richter - HAMMER Magazine - Germany 1999



"The jams are built on a stone-solid rhythmic foundation, piled high with massive slabs of guitar noise."

NOW Magazine - November 1989 - Canada

 


 

"High class New York punkrock'n'roll.
Sonny's vocals and guitar are as unique as usual."

The Flying Revolverblatt Fanzine - Germany 1995

 


 

"If Iggy is pop, then these guys are power pop."

Jam - Toronto, Canada - January 1990

 


 

"Songs that get to the point fast and without compromise plus melodic ones with good hooklines.
Music to listen to all the time."

Daily Grind Fanzine - Germany 1995

 


 

"To find something better [than the 'Pure Filth' line up] you'd have to gather John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison."

Patrick Tad Foulhoux - ROCK SOUND Magazine - France 1998

 


 

"Especially the two very fast songs "You Don't Break My Heart" and "Primitive" give me the goose bumps."

Advisor Magazine - Germany 1995

 


 

"Brooding and bruised rock power punched across unremitting edginess.
Prime headcheese."

Juke Magazine - Australia

 


 

"Very New York, very punk. Go, Sonny, go!"

Maximum Rock'nRoll Fanzine - USA 1997

 


 

"One of the most sparkling figures in American punk'n'roll... what kind of muse has kissed this man."

Piste Magazine - May 1997 - Germany

 


 

"This music bristles with the power and the live show is a 'must see'."

Entertainment Guide - Canada

 


 

"His songs are still radiating an indestructible freshness, that saves them from getting frozen in a genre."

Frank Schütze - ZAP Fanzine - Germany September 1996

 


 

"Let it be known, the man is rocking!"

Henrik - Neat Damned Noise Fanzine - USA 1998

 


 

"The new album has all the intensity of a Sonny Vincent work, which is even topped on stage by the man."

Michael Frohoff - F & K Fanzine - September 1995 - Germany

 


 

"Buy or die!"

Jeff Dahl - Your Flesh Magazine - USA

 


 

"Damn hard, fast, 15 Songs in not much more than 30 minutes.
As usual, the lyrics are made for people whose ears are connected to their brains."

Lutz Hauck - Goar Fanzine - Germany 1995

 


 

"I listened to this one in a quiet moment headphones on - and what shall I say? It's a hit from A to Z... songs like "Don't Tell Me" or "I See" are without a doubt two of the best punk smashers that ever reached my deafened ears... get this immediately.
Buy or die, bastards!"

Plastic Bomb Fanzine - Germany 1995

 


 

"This record kicks ass, ladies and gentlemen."

Sandra Hart - Lärmkessel Fanzine - February 1996 - Germany

 


 

"Stand up, raw snotty sound, those who don't get themselves these recordings must be either imbeciles, ignorant or deaf - or most likely all three at once."

Wahrschauer Fanzine - Germany 1996

 


 

"I prefer records by punk idol Sonny Vincent.
This man has been a guarantee for high class quality punk rock for years...And where it says VINCENT on the cover, VINCENT is what you get, and that means on the new cd...you get what you expect."

Drunk On The Moon Fanzine - Germany 1995

 


 

"A cool record that doesn't need all this "hard" attitude, because the music and lyrics hit you like a hammer anyway.
Supercockassbuttdickschweincool!"

Tom Tonk - Hullaballoo Fanzine - Germany

 


 

"If he was Batman, Wayne Kramer, Captain Sensible and Scott Asheton etc. would be his Robins...BUY THIS SHIT! IT'S HOT, DAMMIT!"

Alexander Schuth - SUPERSTAR Magazine - Germany 1998

 


 

"Nerve-wrecking tension like a roller coaster ride where you have to pull yourself together and have some courage... Sonny has all you expect from a hard boiled rock'n'roll desperado.
There's desperation and hope in his voice, pain and euphoria.
The songs have everything you find in classic Alex Harvey, Johnny Thunders and Henry Rollins songs.
"Roller Coaster" is one of the best rock albums ever since."

Money Mix - Bierfront Magazine - Germany 1993

 


 

"'Beyond Rebellion' is a real smasher.
The songs have such a 'still-not-corrupted-after-all-these-years" attitude and directness, that it makes me euphoric.
Sonny makes it rattle. And squeak. Slam. Flow. Rock. Splash.
A pure powerful and bitter-sweet release."

Wolfgang - Sunset Fanzine - Germany 1992

 


 

"After almost 25 years this guy is still kicking out quality music.
Furious punk and roll that will more than likely knock your socks off.
Faster paced, lots of guitar and just delivered like he's going for the knockout punch."

Maximumrocknroll Fanzine #209 - USA October 2000

 


P.I.N.S Review by the Barman

P.I.N.S. - Sonny Vincent (NDN Records)

Punk rock's Mr Perpetual Motion, Sonny Vincent, regrets that most folks only know him for his impossibly fiery, arse-kicking albums or the ones graced by more stars than you can poke a telescope at. Those regrets are highly qualified, of course, by the fact that plenty of labels are lining up to put out his stuff. Long may it be the case. The star-studded "The Good The Bad The Ugly" WAS like a punk rock version of Who magazine without paparazzi pictures or Hollywood weight loss stories, and with infinitely more substance. So while luminaries line up to lend a hand - and Scott Asheton, Steve Baise, Wayne Kramer, Scott Morgan, Captain Sensible and Bob Stinson are some of the names on the latest one - Sonny would be a mug to say no, wouldn't he? While it might irk to be regarded as purely a kicker of significant jams when there's an album of ballads in the can, ready to roll out, the undeniable fact is that Sonny spits out albums of intense anger, extreme power and raw intensity that few, if any, come within a bull's roar of matching. Hence pigeonholing is inevitable. It's a Good Day For Rock when another Sonny long-player makes it onto the racks and for every detractor, disbeliever or ignoramus out there, there's a fan who's hip to this fact and only too ready to tug the leather jacket of the aforementioned and tell them to wake the fuck up and smell the ashtray before their nose ends up in it. More evangelical raving soon but first some facts: "P.I.N.S." stands for "Person In Need of Supervision", an American law enforcement term for juvenile offenders (a category a wayward Sonny found himself in after being incarcerated for possession of two joints). It's a double CD set of 41 songs plus Noam Chomsky sound bites, just to mix things up. The 40-page booklet art (much of it in 3D) is graced by Kiekergaard quotations and the visual talents of late American underground artist/tattooist Mad Marc Rude. It comes with a set of 3-D glasses. Disc one is 14 studio cuts. The second ("Gems") is live, demo and studio nuggets Sonny had sitting in the cupboard.

Enough of the prelims, onto the Main Event, and “P.I.N.S.” is right up there with Sonny’s meisterwerk, “Parallax Wonderland”, as a head-kicking, foaming storm of anger and guitar bile. Sonny doesn’t so much play guitar as thrash it within an inch of its life. Nice guy he may be in person, but put him in front of a microphone, with a power of amplification moving the air behind him, and Sonny Vincent is a ball of pissed-off fury with raw, passionate vocals and three chords his weapons of choice. Texan label NDN has done itself proud even if "P.I.N.S." seemed to have a gestation period to rival one of their former State Governor's mangled State of the Union addresses. The book is chockfull of pictures and scads of lyrics. Just getting this much Sonny in one package was a thrill. The wait was worth it. “Evil Twin” is as fitting an icebreaker as you could ask for, from its “C’mon motherfucker!” spoken opening preamble to its acrid lead-break and barely constrained vocal. Sonny is his Evil Twin and if you want to hazard a guess at some of the demons, within and without, that are driving the guy, go right ahead, it’s on your dime. "Twilight (Starry Eyes, Starry Night)" is a promise to be true that namedrops Roky and Jeffrey Lee, striking the balance of rawness and bittersweet vocal melody that sets Sonny apart from all those garden variety two-chord thrashers. Mr Vincent is foremost a rocker and then a punk, which is a way of saying he has his chops down as well as being able to tap raw emotion. Many try, not all succeed. "Shoot the TV", on the other hand, is a brutal street thug of a song, recorded in a Long Beach shipping container with pick handles and chainsaws for instruments. The same goes for "Interview". Handle both with care. The perfectly-titled "Struttin Around" is a chunky piece of bravado, recorded with a guy aptly named John Strutt on drums. It's one of my fave songs on the album. As close a cousin "P.I.N.S." is to "Parallax", it could easily double as a second volume of "The Good The Bad The Ugly" with many of the guitar slingers reprising guest spots. Wayne Kramer adds lead and fills to "Sweet to Me" and Scott Morgan does likewise on "Think For Yourself". Brian James is on "Good Day For Rock" (previously only available as a novelty split single on NDN that I'd be afraid to put into my jukebox because it had saw-teeth). Scott Asheton and Captain Sensible bob up on "Right On". If you had to pick a core, it'd be lesser lights like the redoubtable Johnny Rio and Acetate Records head Rick Ballard on guitars. I'm sure the Ricky Ricardo credited on bass on several cuts is not the late husband of Lucille Ball but I better check and get back to ya... Of course once you're done with Disc One there's the dessert of "Gems" to tuck into and there's ample to keep Sonny fans interested. Sonic quality varies but generally isn't too bad. Rocket From the Crypt back up Sonny on a couple of radio WMBR live-to-air songs ("You Don't Break My Heart", "Bad Attitude" and a frantic "Madras Prison"). The superb cover of Chuck Berry's "Carol" is the final studio appearance by late NY Doll Killer Kane, with Rock Ballard (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums) making up an all-star cast. It's here that you can appreciate the other side of Sonny with a smattering of less tightly-wound tunes and semi-realised demos ("Cinematic Suicide") bobbing up among the hand grenades. Replacements heads will search out the two lo-fi but spirited cuts with Bob Stinson ("My Expression" and "Wheel of My Fortune").

As an introduction this is superb value. Many highlights and enough depth and variety to keep any punk at heart engrossed. Now go out and grab some Sonny. This is the Real Deal. - The Barman