“Duh, The Big City”
- Artist Thomas Hazelmyer
Release # BFLD250
Limited to 300
In 2002 we (Bifocal Media) packed up and drove a van full of crew and video gear to Wayne Michigan to document the 2002 “Michigan Fest”. After hours of being onstage filming the whole shebang, two unfamiliar, unassuming dudes showed up and started setting up their gear (two huge cabinets and a drum kit complete with a trash can lid for a symbol). They said “hello we’re VAZ” and launched into an enormous, all encompassing, wall of noisy, neurotic punk perfection. I was an instant fan. I liked them enough to track them down and pester them after their set. I bought all the recorded VAZ material they had at their merch table as well as a CD from Paul and Jeff’s former band Hammerhead. I proceeded to beg VAZ (over the next few years) to work with us on some sort of audio release. It never came together.
Hammerhead had a similar approach to song writing as VAZ and had released three full lengths on Amphetamine Reptile Records. All three albums are great, but their third record “Duh, The Big City” seemed to be the one everyone mentioned when I brought up the band. Luckily for Hammerhead’s ravenous following, AmRep has reissued “Duh” with fancy pants new artwork by label owner Thomas (Haze XXL) Hazelmyer. We were able to “pester” Tom and the band into letting us put a bit of this new artwork on a new Hammerhead shirt. Enjoy. – Charles Cardello/Bifocal Media
LIMITED TO 300. Ladies’ shirts are printed on Bella Favorite Ts. Ladies sizes run small!