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Odd Tales, Tunes, and Times from an Odd Squad

Brooklyn’s own Americans UK have some serious ‘tudes and some serious tunes. The sci-fi rockers have created a whole new world…literally. Today marks the release of the groups’ graphic novel Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad, from Oni Press. The EP soundtrack with be released in tandem. Writer of these twisted tales, Jef Burandt will be at Mission Comics & Art (3520 20th St Suite B) in San Francisco signing copies Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm.

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Image via bleedingcool.com

After listening to their first EP Hostile Takeover (available on their website), I can say if you groove to the likes of Reggie and the Full Effect, Devo, and just dig awesome punk these dudes are for you. Their new EP, the Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad soundtrack continues in that vein. It perfectly captures the frantic fun of the Squad. The crazy high paced sounds follow the adventures of the band and the new animals ‘pals’.

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Image via soundcloud.com/americans-uk

The comic has intense action filled panels (art by Dennis Culver) and eye-popping color (by Ramon Villalobos)  and all from a female fronted (squeak!) punk rock brood. Our heroes are: Liz, Bodey, Maude, and Justine. And rowdy racket is their weapon to save the masses.  There’s a scene for an actual ‘Battle of the Bands’ with rapping robots, which there’s totally a track for! Yes, rapping robots. But the real hi-jinx start when our teen gang encounters a talking chimp and cyborg hyenas and cheetahs. The highly intelligent and charming chip tells the gang he’s a scientist being held captive by a mysterious organization from outer space. When said organization looks to recapture their ‘property’ all hell breaks loose, in the best way possible. These panels are pure insanity and each one ups the ante of the previous. “Why is there a robobear?” “Who cares, it’s hilarious!”

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Image via comixology.com

So on this new comic book day I suggest picking up Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad. There are several ways to get your hands on this piece of punk perfection: your local comic shop, downloading either individual issues or the whole trade from Comixology, or at a signing event like the one Friday night. Don’t forget to download the album at OddSchnozz.Com.

Keep up with the band by following on their Facebook page.

Go the extra mile and make the mix tape Liz sends to Maude:

“50 Ft Queenie” – PJ Harvey

“Davy Crockett” – Thee Headcoatess

“Generator” – Elastica

“Radio Tokyo” – Hookworms

“Cat Claw” – The Kills

“Rebel Girl” – Bikini Kill

“No Below” – Speedy Ortiz

“Alright Alright (Here’s My First, Where’s The Fight?)”

– Sahara Hotnights

“Bull in the Heather” – Sonic Youth

“The Bridge is Broken” – The Do

“Better Than Me” – The Muffs

“Black Tongue” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Binario” – Komeda

“Love Your Money” – Daisy Chainsaw

“Alala” – CSS

“After Hours” – Velvet Underground

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Southern hospitality mixed with Northern sensibility. This native Charlestonian is one quirky hobby away from becoming a Wes Anderson character. Fluent in Jack Russell and Sportsball. She can be found perusing your local comic/coffee shops. She is the Managing Editor of BAS-NYC.