The Rizzos/Top Nachos – Split 7″


It’s hard to find a more kick-ass pairing for a seven incher-split than The Rizzos and Top Nachos.

Due out August 4th via the highly prolific King Pizza Records, The Rizzos/Top Nachos split vinyl release boasts two killer tracks per band that are so good, you’ll be spinning this bit of plastic on your turntable for several days straight.

On The Rizzos’ side, the band kicks off with the anthem-like “Bless This Mess.” Jagged guitar riffs and tight, snappy drumming drive the song’s ever-tightening tension until the chorus erupts with the demanding, “My house! My house! Get-out-of-my-house!” This catchy ending will get anyone within earshot wanting to sing along with earnest (I mean, how can you not enjoy a song that yells, “Get out of my house!”??)

Following this gem is the thrashing “90s Song.” Megan Mancini’s sincere vocals lead the song from fun, melodious verses into murky passages with sludgy guitars and crashing, hurricane-force drum and bass work. It’s hard to have a song that rocks this hard while still retaining some brightly harmonious moments, yet The Rizzos pull this feat off with ease.

Hell, I’d even go as far as saying that these two tracks are some of The Rizzos’ best work and best produced recordings to date. Hearing these songs makes me really hope that a full new album of this caliber is in the works at this very moment.

Over on the flip side, Top Nachos blast with a total rave-up on the rowdy “Fast.”  With head banging beats set to a Flogging Molly-on-speed tempo, this New Paltz-area band positively glows on this track with a rabid, white-hot energy. One could only imagine the many mosh-pits that must spontaneously explode into action whenever TN performs this number on stage.  You’re gonna want to crank this one up loud.

Closing out the record is a total mind-shredder. “Getchu” is a garage-punk nugget with a massively infectious chorus and a hyper-crazed beat that will again, make anyone want to stage dive into the nearest mosh-pit. This track is rawk boiled down to its most barest of elements: just some catchy lyrics, gnarly guitars and volcanic drums played fast and with a ton of adrenaline. I really couldn’t think of a better way to finish this devilishly rad record.

Simply put, this split release finds each band at the top of their game, while perfectly complimenting the other’s sound. What more could you ask for? Grab your copy at on either candy red (limited to 100) or standard black vinyl (limited to 400) fast.




Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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