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Retooled version of local music showcase returns to the FM dial

Blazing Guns: It's true that Dallas quartet Uzigato was assembled two years ago by Joey Salerno, a former A&R man at Jive Records, the home of 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. But Uzigato's formation wasn't just some bit of music-industry manufacturing. Salerno quit his job with Jive's Ignition imprint to start up the punk-pop combo. And as the band's self-titled debut EP demonstrates, its Bikini Kill/L7-inspired muse couldn't be any further removed from genteel boy-band balladry (listen to the disc's lead-off track, "My Foot Your Ass," if you have any doubts).

Interestingly, the group constitutes a Dallas supergroup of sorts. Though Uzigato is drummer Salerno's first outfit, singer Rachel Strauss, guitarist Richard Paul and bassist Richard Garcia are all veterans of the city's Deep Ellum scene and well-regarded indie outfits like Pervis, rubberbullet and the Caffiends.

While the EP has already received heavy notice in punk and trash-rock quarters, the group is still readying its first full-length, expected to be out by early 2001.

Hang your weary head: SoCal honky-tonker Mark Insley pairs up with brother Dave's Rustic Records collective this week.
Mike Wilson
Hang your weary head: SoCal honky-tonker Mark Insley pairs up with brother Dave's Rustic Records collective this week.
Dallas' Uzigato: More like Bikini Kill and L7 than 'N SYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
Sean Newell
Dallas' Uzigato: More like Bikini Kill and L7 than 'N SYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

Uzigato hauls into town this Wednesday, November 8, for a gig at the Emerald Lounge.

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