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Victory & Associates and Hurry Up Shotgun, Turn Down the Guitars/Paths. Lofty concepts undergird this deceptively simple split seven-inch by two of the Bay Area’s grittiest garage bands. Hurry Up Shotgun provides screamy, dueling-guitar rock in its song “Paths,” while Victory & Associates favors catchy riffs and asymmetrical rhythms. Victory singer Conan Neutron’s voice falls somewhere between a chant and a yowl. -Rachel Swan
Conan Neutron is interviewed by the brand spanking new bay area centric web music zine. Platon
In a way this is a concept band, Victory and Associates… it’s in the name, we’re loosely affiliated with success. A lot of the songs with this band are coming from a very sincere place and I think that throws some people off, they immediately are suspicious or think that it’s corny. What we’re trying to do is write stuff that uplifts, kind of a “get tough, get through it” kind of scenario. Some folks get it, some don’t. It can be frustrating that people are constantly looking for a catch or an angle. The angle is that we are trying to make powerful, uplifting rock music. We aren’t a freaking Christian band, we aren’t posi-core, but man… it’s damn rough out there, I don’t know if you’ve noticed? There are hundreds of thousands of bands that write and have written love songs, and there’s a proud history of bands pointing out problems, especially in punk rock. Ok, ok, I get it. And I’m not saying we haven’t or won’t do that, but right now it’s not the mission at all. A lot of bands are almost interchangeable, and that’s a shame. Bottom line: We’re not trying to bring the bummer, we’re trying to do something different, and it’s happening whether people like it or not.
It was with a heavy heart that Victory and Associates will be saying goodbye to Paulie “Wildcard” Miller.
It’s been an incredibly great year with Victory and Associates, from the tours all the way down to the Motel 6 snugglefests. Sadly, I will be departing after our next show to carve out time to front my own band again (plus, I still have that drumming gig). Come down to the Hemlock this Saturday and send me off to a great farewell from guitar duties back into the world of frontmen. See you then!
Thank you for all of your epic rokkin’ Paulie and best of luck in all you do.
With any luck there will be one more recorded Paulie appearance with the Not Returning/This Year 7″. Victory and Associates shall continue on and for the immediate future Conan will be back on guitar live.