MIRACLES: Hugo Mudie & Fred Jacques Present: CD

Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques from the bands SAINTE CATHERINES and YESTERDAY’S RING have a new band and direction. This is eleven acoustic songs with touches of country, folk, Irish folk, and hints of punk in the lyrics and in the raspy vocals throughout the album.

You can hear the hints of their influences on here including Joe Strummer, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, The Pogues and Richard Séguin on the songs on here, but they don’t overwhelm the true talent that’s at work on the album, it just gives you a hint of them. The playing on this album is really well done, it feels like you’re at a show watching these guys play, which would be a great way to hear the album. The styles go back and forth and it takes you on a journey that goes in all sorts of directions, but still is a cohesive piece of music. I really enjoyed all of the songs on the album, they were well written and no matter which one I put on, I instantly got into it and wanted to hear it again.

I was a bit scared when I first started to listen to this album, that it was going to be ambient and pompous, but this band took away the fear and the longer I went into the album, the more that I liked what I heard and really enjoyed it. Sometimes you take a chance and it blows up in your face, this time it worked out perfectly, an album that grows on you more you hear it and you want to keep hearing it.

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FAR FROM FINISHED: Let’s Be Frank: 7″

This new four song EP by these Boston, MA punks is a great, unpretentious punk fest. No bullshit rock, emo, or other crap, just balls out punk rock, remember that stuff kids?

All four songs by this band are winners, with great guitar work, dirty solos, and drumming that drives this EP along in a nice peppy pace. The vocals are raspy which adds to the feel of this, and the gang vocals just add more to it. This new EP was recorded and produced by the famed Jim Siegel who known for his work with DROPKICK  MURPHYS, HAVE HEART, and the UNSEEN and he did a great job, making it clear enough to hear everything going on, but gritty enough to keep an almost street punk feel to the songs. The songs are “Breakdown”, “Mother Mercy”, “Man in the Picture”, and “Forever Endeavor”.

The four songs are all really catchy and instantly grab you on the first play, by the second or third, you start singing along and then you’re hooked. Grab this and check them out on tour.

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