Thursday, March 17, 2011

Boxcar & Burnwest

The year was 1995. A band named Boxcar sprung onto the south and central New Jersey punk scene, and had the kids screaming "where the fuck have you been all of this time?". Catchy, raw, fun, pop/punk is one thing they dished out well. They were a staple in the NJPP (New Jersey Pop Punk) scene and played shows almost every weekend with bands like Bigwig, Go Real Slow, and my band SWG, among many others. For a while Boxcar and SWG played almost every show together. We were like brother bands. Man those were good times. Times that I reflect on often, and smile about. As a matter of fact, Boxcar frontman Derek Burgess is the person who adorned me my punk rock namesake "Steve Neurotic". But that is a story left for another day. The original lineup consisted of Derek on Vox/Guitars, Chris Newman on Bass, and Jay Battle on drums. The Boxcar photos in this post are from that original lineup. In 1996 Battle left and Bnuts took over on drums for the rest of the bands duration.

Fast forward 4 years to 2000. Boxcar disbands (along with SWG, oddly enough)... and a chill period is taken. Then in 2005, Derek, and veteran Boxcar drummer Bnuts form the band BurnWest. Sadly I don't have any stories to tell about them as I had left Jersey that year... but I can tell you that with age comes some of Burgess's best song writing to date. If you were a fan of Boxcar, you can't not like BurnWest. They were around until 2008. Another band, come and gone... well before their time. These 2 bands touched the lives of many and surely will remain a memory for many people, for many years to come.

Included in this zip below: From Boxcar, their 7" release, and some exclusive tracks from CD compilations. From BurnWest is their 3 song demo. Enjoy!

http://www.mediafire.com/?u2dzyf5bfw813xl

2 comments:

German said...

Hey Hi!!. First of all, thanks for all this gems you're charing with us, i've downloaded (and enjoyed) almost every band you've posted on your blog!!, i'm a HUGE 90's pop-punk fan and recs collector as well, so finding your blog has been just great to fulfill my needs haha. Now, i've been looking DESPERATELY for a long long time the band FIVE FOOT NOTHING from Canada, and their album "Pretty Nuclear" released by the almighty Boss Tuneage Records, but originally released in 1990. So I thought that maybe you could have this one since i'm pretty amazed by other stuff you've got, or maybe you could have a clue who could have this record. It would be awesome if you could help me in any way. Thanks

Mk. said...

Quote:
"Now, i've been looking DESPERATELY for a long long time the band FIVE FOOT NOTHING from Canada, and their album "Pretty Nuclear" released by the almighty Boss Tuneage Records"

Hey German, did you ever find what you were looking for?