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By Sterry Butcher

Marfa---In their first hometown performance since the band conquered Poland while on tour in May, Satanic Punk International Conspiracy will headline this Saturday's concert at the Lot, 721 S. Highland Avenue...
...S.P.I.C. has great snarl and style, as all good punk bands should. They've also got the band dynamics that someday will make a terrific Behind the Music feature. Friends and family of the group packed their pre-Poland gig at Ray's earlier this spring. The mom of two of the band members sipped a Coke on a barstool and smiled around at everyone who had come out to support her boys. Punk rock is a lot about theater, about amping each other up as a prelude to the cathartic and angry melee the band unleashes when it plays. In classic punk tradition, the band yelled insults at the audience ("you're SO boring!"), which the audience, also in classic punk tradition, chose to ignore...
...Know this: raccoon-eyed and deliberately provocative, the members of S.P.i.C. are capable of producing some gutsy music palyed with tremendous heart and energy. Who cares about musicianship? Who needs a melody or pretty vocals? S.P.I.C. is loud enough to be legit, cocky enough to get noticed and gritty enought o give grown-ups the creeps. It's urgent and fast, taunting, reckless and sometimes darkly funny. This is punk rock and it's for real.

- Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa, Tx


-5-0-1-2-5 GO!
S.P.I.C. storms Warsaw with show on Vistula River


By JAMES TIERNEY

WARSAW, POLAND – Three former Marfa High students, brothers David and JD Garcia, and Ryan “Pinsky” Penland, who form the punk band Satanic Punk International Conspiracy (S.P.I.C.), played to a brand new audience under the Lazienkowskim Bridge in downtown Warsaw last Friday night.

With temperatures dropping into the 40s, the crowd of more than 100 paced the dusty grounds around the levee of the Vistula eagerly awaiting this widely publicized West Texas enigma that had strolled into town. The band had already made the national newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza’s weekend supplement, announcements were made on the Polish national radio station, Radio Bis, the trio had been spotted cruising the mall, which prompted a call across town to the proto-hip Raster art gallery to confirm their arrival, and, perhaps most important to the credibility of any punk band abroad, the trio somehow caught the attention of the Polish secret police who spotted them on their sixth floor hotel balcony shooting photos of Pope Benedict XVI, who happened to be cruising below in his popemobile. Inquiries were made behind the scenes and fears put to rest by the band’s hosts, obviating the need for direct interrogation.

No wonder the anxious silence of the crowd before the start of the one-band show. S.P.I.C. quietly took the stage in full costume dress. Frontman David Garcia bravely opened up the proceedings by complimenting the audience on their wonderful capital city, with one caveat, “you guys really need to learn how to make nachos.” The band then broke into one of their manic new songs and temperatures rose, coats came off, Zywiec beer cans took to the air, and people were falling down.

Self-described road manager and Marfa resident Tyler Spurgin kicked off the dancing, early on injuring two notable Polish artists. This only increased the crowd’s enthusiasm, stoked by the antic Garcia brothers, who were set free from the stage with the wireless guitar amps they had requested. Due to the high quality equipment rented on their behalf, and the band’s dutiful attention to the quality of this one-time show, S.P.I.C. never before sounded so good, nor so loud. The show built to a pitch when Garcia the elder screamed out Rudolf Hess’s PoW serial number, “3-5-0-1-2-5 GO!,” to begin the Joy Division song “Warsaw.”

S.P.I.C. played for a full hour, their own original songs driving the show, three of which were introduced here live for the first time. The show was highlighted throughout with retro-favorites like the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and German pop song “99 Luftballons,” sung by Garcia in alternating verses of English and German. The relentless barrage of high energy song after song left the crowd begging for more.

David Garcia then made the bold, comic claim, “I am the best guitarist in the world, I can play anything, just tell me what you want to hear...uh, okay, I heard somebody say the Ramones...okay, you want to hear the Ramones?...I can play the Ramones,” and the band cut into “Somebody Put Something In My Drink.” The Garcia brothers tried to leave the stage again but a few determined fans stopped them, insisting they come up with something else. S.P.I.C. managed to maintain their professional integrity by refusing to play “Warsaw” again, no matter how plaintively it was requested by how many lovely Polish girls.

Finally, prompted by a pleading Polish fan, they settled on an original they hadn’t played in many moons, one featured in Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal’s art film “Marfa” (filmed in Marfa last spring) that was the occasion for the concert, and they managed to cobble together this one final song, just barely. Even this heroic attempt wasn’t enough for their new fans, but the band was now clean out of material. The brothers left the stage as screams for various requests rang out. Penland, left alone behind his drums, and about to pack in his new Polish drumsticks, was encouraged by cheers from the crowd to play his now ritual concert-ending drum solo.

Over the next couple of evenings in Warsaw, accolades came from all corners of the Polish cultural elite. The band-members were able to meet some of the most influential and respected artists, musicians, writers, critics and drunks in all of Poland, exchanging cultural influences, t-shirts, and autographs, singing songs, drinking wodka, and dancing.

In a country that was under communist rule throughout the punk, post-punk, and new wave movements of the 70’s and 80’s, and where the only western bands who managed to slip their music, and sometimes even themselves, behind the iron curtain were those with a particularly anarchistic streak, hell-bent on getting to this sequestered population, Poland is predisposed to going nuts over the sort of politically-minded music and attitude that S.P.I.C. provided. And now there is a new city to put on the small Polish map of essential musical significance next to Manchester, New York, London, and Berlin. Marfa, Teksas. - Big Bend Sentinel


Discography

Fireballs! 7" EP (2007)
on West Texas Uber Alles

COMING SOON ON PATTY RECORDS:
The debut full-length! This March!

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Whether they're performing in their hometown of Marfa, Texas, popular dive bars in New York City or abroad in Warsaw, Poland, The Satanic Punk International Conspiracy manages to captivate their audiences onstage with their manic shows, cocky attitudes, bizarre banter and energetic, thrashy punk rock and charm them offstage with their drunken charisma and preternatural wit and wisdom.

Satanic Punk International Conspiracy amalgamates the cocky, arrogant swagger of glam rock attitude with their proprietary mix of old and new punk rock music. complete with intense live shows.

No one ever walks away from a S.P.I.C. show bored.

Composed of brothers Davidaaa and J.D. Garcia (on guitar and bass, respectively) and drummer Ryan "Pinsky Fireballs" Penland, they've been abusing their gear and bodies, the former since 2004 and the latter since the nineties.

In July of 2007, Satanic Punk International Conspiracy
struck a deal with nascent local label Patty Records (named after the wonderful, infamous Patty Hearst) and recorded their full-length release in December in Austin, Texas at the excellent 5 AM Studios. The album, as yet untitled, will be out in March and will be widely distributed.