MACHINE GUN DOLLY is a four piece punk rock band from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that started in January 2006 after the break-up of their previous band BLACKSHEEP. MACHINE GUN DOLLY is fronted by guitarist and singer Johnny Duflicker with Jesse Strokes on bass guitar, Mac Simpson on drums, and Chris Hawkeye on rhythm guitar. They previously released an EP and their debut album, now we get to hear their sophomore album on Stumble Records.
“Forgotten Ones” is the jumping off point on the album and yowza, what a great start! The wobbling bass, the smashing drums, great leads, whoa-ohs, and gritty lead vocals with a fantastic chorus…nice one boys. “That’s Who We Are” has a great streetpunk sound that grabbed me and made me want to shout the lyrics back at the stereo, “Riot” is a great hardcore song that has thick bass and a shouted chorus that will get the punters ready to go crazy in a live venue, and will get you to slam dance like a madman. “Taking Over” has great old school punk rock guitar playing, a kind of ’50s influence, but the gruff vocals give it a great edge that made it a fun song to get up and dance to, “Until the Grim Reaper” is another great hard-hitting song that has bouncing bass and angry vocals with a great chorus. The other songs are equally good, and got turned up loud on the first listen, always a good sign.
These guys have put out one killer of an album that kicks ass and gets you up off of your seat and makes you rage along with the band. Great guitar playing and bass guitar that was a huge part of the band and not buried in the mix, pissed off vocals with dirt and grit and drumming that hits you in the gut…awesome. These guys will get played around my house until the grim reaper comes and takes this away from me.