RAYGUN COWBOYS are back with their third full length album of nine original songs and one cover of “Daddy Ya” by CLARENCE “Gatemouth” BROWN. This psychobilly band from Edmonton, Alberta started in 2000 and gets people on the dance floor from the first to last song. Their horn section sets them apart from other bands from their genre, and makes them a band that has more diversity than others in that genre.
“Break These Chains” really jumps out with the punk rock vocals, the rockabilly feel mixed with the powerful sound of the horn section. “I’m Coming Home” has a great galloping drumbeat mixed with horn stabs, passionate vocals and some tight guitar playing with nice riffs. “One Of Them Tonight” starts off with a rocking rhythm and blues sound that kicks into more punk rock with a ’50s feel and really was a favorite of mine. “I’m Not One To Judge” is a straight forward rockabilly song that had a nice clean sound that would have been a hit back in the ’50s or when rockabilly got popular in the early ’80s, great song. “Rock’n’Roll Ruined My Life” is a great punk song with great piano playing that would have fit in perfectly back in ’76, another great song that reminded me of “The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle” off of the album of the same name. This band really is unique with all the different styles that they play, keeping you guessing as to where they are going to go from track to track. Everything is played with conviction and love and just jumps out from the speakers and grabs you. Other songs that stood out were, “Daddy Ya” a classic song, “Broken Down In Montreal” a great honky-tonk song, and “Wasted Night”.
I was expecting a more straight played psychobilly album, but the diversity on this album took it over the top for me. This is going to get played a lot, my wife loves rockabilly, I think I’m going to have to play this for her.
This St. Catherines, Ontario based booze-fueled punk rock band has put out their sophomore album of fourteen tracks that will continue the band’s winning streak of great music. On this album we have Stumble Records proprietor Steve Stumble on vocals, Robbie Knuckles on bass and vocals, Chris “The Doctor” Nowicki on guitar and vocals, and Matt 3 Pack Murphy on drums.
Instead of doing the typical lyric thing on the insert, they wrote stories about the songs which I appreciated, so I don’t have to tell you what the songs are about. “Summer In The Streets” kicks the album off with heavy power chords and a rocking drum beat that gets you moving with its infectious groove. “Road Dog” is a fast paced street punk song with driving rhythms and gang vocals that will get you singing along to it. “Great Minds (Drink Alike)” is a powerful song that will get you to raise your beer and shout along with the band, “Punk Rock ‘Til We’ve Parted” brings out the spirit of ’76 punk rock and succeeds admirably, and “Take Back” is a great manic song that grabbed me and I had to play it a few times while listening to the album because it’s just so in your face. The band really goes all out on this release, giving us powerful playing, lyrics that are actually a step above the average punk band and a few different styles that they manage to pull off with ease and a skill that will leave you enthralled. Other standouts for me were, “Bring Back The Punk Rock,” “Cheap Wine,” “I.O.B.D.,” and one of my favorites “St. Paul & Queen.”
Great album that made me smile, throw down a few beers and sing along to, you can’t go wrong with that. If these guys can keep this up, I may have found a band that gets near the top of my playing pile every time.
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.
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