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THE EASY OUTS-Desolate Row

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easyouts2The long awaited new album from New Jersey’s The Easy Outs, is just about here.  And, after listening to Desolate Row, set for a mid October release, it was well worth the wait.

The 12 tracks rock from beginning to end. Not just rock, but Jersey Rock. The kind of rock that hits you in the face, with wonderful riffs, great changes, and a kick ass rhythm section. Sounding like The Beatles meet The Ramones, Desolate Row blends wonderful melodies with unforgettable hooks and way cool harmonies, with high octane garage rock.  I hear great changes, cool drum shots, and some wonderful bass lines. Bruce Ferguson‘s vocals are exceptional, and Kurt Reil‘s production is right on!

 

 

easyoutsThe Easy Outs have struck gold. The sound is insanely full, but there are no gimmicks here, just straight ahead rock and roll. The kind of rock that you take on a road trip, top down as you barrel along some coastal highway! Desolate Row is simply a wild party, and you’re invited. You just need to get a copy, crank it up, and hold on tight! Definitely in contention for I Can’t Believe My Earz Album Of The Year for 2015!! Favorite tracks: “Good Old Days“, “Noreese“, “Can’t Remember A Thing“, and “Come On Come On“.

 

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THE CONTACTS

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While there isn’t a recent album out there, The Contacts have some way cool music floating around cyberspace.

the contacts32003’s Black & White Days is an insanely good body of work. Despite being recorded in a small home studio, the album rocks. At times I hear shades of Pink Floyd, The Kinks, and Zappa. There are jazz, pop, punk, and rock vibes throughout. The songs are melodious pokes at life, uniquely written and arranged, incorporating wonderfully played organ, some way cool bass lines, and interesting vocal tracks. The harmonies, borrowed from 1960s Brit Pop, are as perfect as one can get in a basement. The changes are great, the hooks standout, and the vocals are wonderfully raw, as they deliver some bizarre thoughts. Pop-Rock, kissed by Punk. A wonderful sound. A wonderful time. Notable tracks include ‘Rain, Rain, Rain‘, ‘Road Rage‘, and ‘Have A Biscuit‘.

 

 

 

the contactsThe band’s Soundcloud page has a truckload of other tracks as well. There is the 1980’s electro pop style ‘No Way Out‘, that reminds me of Love & Rockets. ‘If You Only Knew‘, offers a dynamite melody, electric piano, and way cool organ. You need to check this out. Head over to Soundcloud, and check them out on facebook. I have heard through the British grapevine, that there are thoughts of heading into a studio and working on another album. Could we really be that lucky? I hope so. The Contacts are unique, and interesting. The music is simply a good time!

 

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ICBME- What We’re Listening To…

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With the excitement of new releases on the way from The Easy Outs, The Mahones, The Lost Boys, and Young Rival,  and some wonderful new stuff from Lindsey Stirling and Bombargo, we decided to let you in on what we have been listening to around I Can’t Believe My Earz. 

 

The Easy Outs

 

 

 

Lindsey Stirling

 

 

 

Bombargo

 

 

 

The Mahones

 

 

Young Rival

 

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The Lost Boys

 

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BURNOUTS

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the burnoutsFrom Chatham-KentOntario, hippie-punksters BurnOuts released a wonderfully addictive Ep in May, 2015, as a follow up to their 2012 album, ‘Pause For The Cause’.  Simply titled The BurnOuts EP, the 7 tracks are wonderfully traditional punk, with nuances of pop throughout. The songs are raw and simple, with cool riffs and solos, wonderful changes, and sweet melodies. The drums and bass are consistently heavy, and the use of keys on “New Days Old Faults” is a wonderful addition. Favorite tracks: “Let Her Go“, with its Rockabilly vibe, and “Freedom Radio” which incorporates some nice harmonies. Raw and simple, The Burnouts EP is an album you should check out. Punk with more sensitivity, and less anarchy.   http://theburnoutsband.bandcamp.com/album/the-burnouts-e-p

 

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CRASHDOLLZ

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cd2I had no idea that this was going on in Detroit! I am referring to CrashDollz, whose 2013 self titled release landed in my lap last week.  Way cool riffs, great vocals, and a solid rhythm section fill the 12 tracks. The songs are wonderful, with dynamite changes, cool effects, hard rock guitar, and  a punk attitude. The sound attacks from the 1st note, grabbing you by the throat, and never letting go. There are no bad tracks here, but pay particular attention to ‘Novocaine‘, with its great riff, cool changes, and cd1almost psych-rock guitar solo. ‘Sugar Rocket‘ delivers great guitar, cool effects, and nice changes. ‘I Will Not Be Ignored‘ has a dynamite vocal track, great guitar effects, and stands out as the anthem for a new generation of punk. My favorite track, ‘Dollhouse‘ has a surprisingly interesting intro, and some way cool effects, tripping me back to the psychedelica of the late 1960s.

 

 

 

This is no holds barred, pure unadulterated Power-Punk. The songs are great, and the album features production techniques I do not usually associate with punk. The energy level is off the chart. CrashDollz has forever changed my image of punk, and now I am thinking of heading down to Detroit to catch a live show. Or, maybe I could entice them to come up to Toronto for a few gigs. This album just plain kicks ass. cd3Excitingly innovative and inventive, I only wish that I found it sooner. Play it loud. Play it often.

You can check out & purchase the album here. The band is offering a ‘pay what you can’ download, so be sure to pay something. Please also check out & LIKE them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrashDollz?fref=ts

 

 

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SIX TO EIGHT MATHEMATICS-Mental Melodies

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628Lying somewhere between The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, New Jersey’s Six To Eight Mathematics have reminded me what punk music is really about. Pure. Raw. Simple. Unadulterated. The 7 track ‘Mental Melodies‘ was released 2 years ago, but is just as fresh and relevant today. Pounding drums and driving guitars push the vocals. Loaded with energy.6282 Very cool album. Very cool band. Favorite tracks are “Beggar“, and “No“. Not for the faint of heart. A must for all punk aficionados! Six to Eight Mathematic$ also released a cover of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night” sometime in 2009. Probably the best cover of this song I have heard. Now, to really be happy, I need another album from this band!! You can check their music out by going here: http://sixtoeightmathematics.bandcamp.com/album/mental-melodies

 

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PUNCHLINE 13-Cut The Rope

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p13 Punchline 13, has just released “Cut The Rope“, a dynamite album of power packed pop songs with the angst & urgency of punk. Out of Montreal, Canada, they deliver well crafted and executed songs, with way cool changes and transitions. The chorus and bridges contain wonderful hooks, and the guitar riffs and solos rock.  The songs are cool, offering great melodies, and nice harmonies. With pop melodies over punk instrumentation, Punchline 13 deliver a dynamite punk-pop sound with sweet arrangements. There p131are wonderful effects, sounds of a radio tuning in on ‘First Cut‘, ‘Second Cut: Let’s Take A Walk‘, and ‘Final Cut: Stars Are Aligned‘. I swear I heard ukulele, and I am impressed by Sylvain Campeau‘s  vocal tracks. A great album with wonderfully powerful and innovative songs. An incredibly good time. Stand out tracks include ‘Home‘, ‘Set It Up‘, ‘What Will You Do?’, and ‘Into The Dark‘. Definitely an early contender to make the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of the Year 2015 list. Yep, it’s that good!!!

You can check out Punchline 13: http://punchline13.bandcamp.com/

 

 

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