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GET TO KNOW THE EASY OUTS….

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easyoutsSince the release of their 2015 album, Desolate Row, New Jersey garage rockers, The Easy Outs, have been making quite a name for themselves. And rightfully so. With tracks that breathe life back into rock ‘n’ roll, and guest appearances on the album by the likes of Kurt Reil (The Grip Weeds), Dave DeSantos (The Grip Weeds, Secret Syde), and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, New York Dolls, Derringer), the band has earned some credibility. Forming in 2008, The Easy Outs released a self titled debut album in 2009, to some critical acclaim. In 2010, their single ‘Come On Come On’ was released, and appeared on ESPN NASCAR.  Desolate Row has been receiving regular airplay across the United States, Canada, and The Easy Out virus has most recently spread to Europe. This could very well become a world wide pandemic! One listen, and you will catch it! Currently the band has returned to the studio, recording tracks for their next album, to be released in 2017.

 

And so, after fielding requests for information about the band, and its members, it is time to get to know The Easy Outs.

 

easyouts30BRUCE FERGUSON—-Vocals

The singer/songwriter was born in New Jersey, with Rock ‘n’ Roll coursing through his veins, in 4/4 time. Bruce began his music career in 1986, with the band The Garden Insane. In 2001, he formed Trench, who released 2 albums to some critical acclaim. He appeared in the 2007 blockbuster film, Fans Anonymous, and was the vocalist for the New Jersey super group, The Satisfactors, with Kenny Aaronson, and Kurt Reil. The Satisfactors released an album in 2014. Bruce plans on releasing a solo project sometime in the future.

 

easyouts37JOHN DIVUOLO——-Bass/Backing Vocals

Another Jersey native, John was born into a musical family: His mother was a classically trained pianist, and his father, an A-Capella singer. John has been involved in the Jersey Shore cover band scene since 2001, and has played in several bands including The Cheap & Easy Band, The Stop Hear Band, Lode, and Slow Kids At Play. John joined The Easy Outs in 2012.

 

easyouts34PAUL LAMBERT——–Drums

Paul is a native of Brooklyn, New York, the son of a professional trumpet player, and began playing drums at age 15. His straight forward, hard hitting style allows him to lay down a rock solid rhythmic foundation for The Easy Outs. Who are we to argue?

 

easyouts36MIKE DEPASQUALE—-Guitar

Mike is Jersey born and bred, and began playing in bands while he was in High School. While playing covers, Mike secretly desired to play original music. A call from The Easy Outs made his dream come true, and the rest, well, is history.

 

easyouts33STEVE DEVITO———-Guitar

Another son of New Jersey, Steve began his venture into music by singing in church choirs while in elementary school. At age 18, Steve joined The Secret Syde, whose album Hidden Secrets received airplay on several college radio stations. Averaging over 100 live performances per year, Steve has shared the stage with Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Rick Danko (The Band), and Toy Caldwell (The Marshall Turker Band). He joined The Easy Outs in 2011.

 

Well, there they are. The Easy Outs!  If you don’t have a copy of BOTH of The Easy Outs albums, you can get them here. Do yourself, and your friends, and neighbors a favor. GET THE EASY OUTS HERE! And while you’re at it, you should probably pick up a way cool t shirt or 2.

 

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GAR FRANCIS-The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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I am not sure if there is anything Gar Francis cannot do. The Guru Of Garage has swung his guitar into The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same. Released in 2010 to the European market only, the 12 track album of Americana has finally hit North American shores and has been released by New Jersey’s Bongo Boy Records.

gf3The opening track, “Midnight In Rome“, delivers a great melody, with wonderful changes. The guitar picking is cool as hell, while the keys smolder under a hot vocal track. “How Its Supposed To Be” has an insanely powerful chorus but it takes nothing away from the licks and riff, and the dynamite organ. The Latin feel of “Palaces”  is wonderfully created by bongos, acoustic guitar, strings and organ. The effects on the harmonies are brilliant, and I dig the ‘Mexicali” themed guitar solo! “Down At The Ocean Gate” offers a great acoustic guitar solo, and way cool harmonies amid multi-tracked guitars. I like the mandolin and bongos on “Bank Of The River“, the way cool reverb of the almost rockabilly “Ole Tom’s River“, and the wonderfully Dylanesque feel to “Another Cowboy Rides” , with its great organ, guitar solo, cool riffs, and a dynamite vocal track.

 

 

The jug band vibe of “She’s Still Blue” proves once and for all that Gar Francis can write and play anything! The washboard and concertina are amazing, and the melody, so sweet. Gar’s vocals are spectacular on “Raise A Hand“, and the song’s socio-political gf4message resonates, at least,with me. The melody and harmonies highlight some way cool changes and incredibly melodic instrumentation. “The Sun Will Never Go Down” offers cool changes, a great chorus, a wonderful bass run, and beautiful choral style harmonies. I like this track. The acoustic guitar solo in “Adeline” shines amid the mandolin and bongos. The song is beautifully simple yet manages a great bridge, a dynamite chorus, and a wonderful ending. And, that leaves “Oh Annie“, my favorite track on the album. The wonderful chorus, dynamite guitar, including a way cool riff, an amazing melody, and some great organ, make this the standout track. A wonderful song with a way cool blues-rock-folk-country thing going on, that is reminiscent of Levon Helm and The Band. “Oh Annie, someone’s got to settle you down“. Indeed.

gf54This album demonstrates just how talented Gar Francis is. As a song writer; as a producer; as a musician, and a performer. I hear rockabilly, jug band, Latin, roots, blues, folk, and rock. I listened to bongos, banjo, mandolin, and organ. I heard a washboard, a concertina, and I think an upright bass. There are vocal and guitar effects. But most importantly, there are 12 incredible tracks that will hold you from beginning to end. I have been a Gar Francis fan for years, and this album has me wondering, why isn’t everybody? Get it as soon as you can. Then, put on your cowboy boots, grab your honey and have a blast. The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same is a must have album. Get yours here:  http://www.bongoboyrecords.com/Albums.html.  You can stream some of Gar’s other music here:  

 

 

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THE TONIKS

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Another U.K. band that has been granted honorary Canadian status, The Toniks, are currently touring Europe and Canada promoting their  new album set for release in August of this year.  I have not listened to the entire album, nor do I know the title, but the five songs I was able to pull off the internet have blown me away.

toniks2Secret’s Safe“, a hard driving pop song with amazing harmonies, an unforgettable hook and a remarkable bridge has you dancing along from beginning to end. The The light keyboards of “Rise And Shine” give way to the soft yet noticeable horns, while the guitars echo the melody to create the sense of additional layers of harmony. “Simple Things” is a slower song in which the instruments are kept back in order to make the vocals prominent. The emphasis on the vocals is further enhanced by the creative and unusual phrasing. There is an underlying, haunting riff throughout with harmonic layers and the gentle influence of strings and horns. “You And I” is a strangely sentimental number. with choppy chords and drum shots, horns and an amazing transition to the bridge that includes a change in tempo and tone. In the video, all of this is done to a Charlie Chaplin dance sequence. The best of the tracks I have heard to date is “Weather“, a fun song with a great chorus and hook that keeps you singing long after the music has stopped. The acoustic guitar creates a mood that is quickly shattered by the horns and harmonies,while a subtle lead solo plays amid the storm. The video sets this to the dancing in the thunderstorm scene in the film “Singin’ In The Rain”. The lines “come inside my head you’ll see, I don’t want to talk about the weather; I don’t want to talk about whatever.” sing as the rain falls. The song fades out as Gene Kelly walks away from us, down the street. Brilliant!

These five musicians from Guildford U.K., have created a sound uniquely their own by infusing Squeeze with The Searchers. And it Toniks1works.The songs are innocent. The songs are fun. These guys are exciting. When they come to Toronto, get tickets and go. These guys are that good.  These guys are great!

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