The first single from Vatican Dagger came across my desk just in time for Good Friday. Released by Orlando label Total Punk Records, this single is short and sweet, featuring two blasts of treacherous punk rock, similar to the demo recordings of the now-defunct Connecticut band Guilty Faces. Hailing from New Orleans, Vatican Dagger features Gary Wrong (FKA Captain Beyonce) of the Gary Wrong Group and Wizzard Sleeve in addition to members of Necro Hippies. The A-side "Not To Be" isn't that far removed from the type of scuzzy punk that the Gary Wrong Group creates, but B-side "The Mess" shows Vatican Dagger have more than a few tricks up their sleeves.
Vatican Dagger playing a recent show in Orlando, Florida.
The artwork for the single was created by Wrong's daughter Orb, and it's a safe bet that she's probably the only kid at her day care designing punk single covers. Total Punk Records has been cranking out the hits for a couple years now, so if Vatican Dagger gets your blood pumping be sure to check out the rest of the Total Punk Roster.