THE McGUNKS: Live For Five: CD

Live for Five cover art

The MCGUNKS are a four-piece, high-energy punk rock and roll band from the Providence, RI / Boston, MA area that formed in the mid-1990s. This is their first live recording with no overdubs, and no studio crap, just the band kicking ass live.

With gruff, alcohol-soaked vocals, tons of gang vocals, and a band ripping through songs like they are trying to kill them with the power of their playing, this is the real deal, no fake crap, just guys playing their hearts out. The band does throw some cool things into the mix like the fantastic guitar playing and solo on “Man On The Side”, the cover of JUDAS PRIEST’s “Breaking The Law” called “Is Halford Gay” on here, the great banter between the band and audience, and the cover of KENNY ROGER’s “The Gambler” called ” Roger’s Roaster” on here.

For a live album, this shows that they don’t need to be perfect and super clean sounding, but this is actually really well recorded and stands head and shoulders above a lot of the live punk that has been released. I really need to see these guys live, the studio album was one reason, but hearing how good they are live just proves that I need to be at a show. Get this one and play it loud enough to make you think you are there with them, and don’t forget to drink a beer or six too.

The McGunks: Here Comes More Shame: CD

The MCGUNKS are a four-piece, high-energy punk rock and roll band from the Providence, RI / Boston, MA area that formed in the mid-1990s. This album is a re-release of Here Comes The Shame, but with three bonus songs added.

With songs titles like “Three More Beers”, “Drunk, Stoned, Broke & Alone”, and “Can’t Drink Here No More”, you kind of get the idea that they like drinking and having a good time, and you sure will when you listen to this album. Great punk rock with a touch of street punk added to give the choruses that gang vocal goodness, and gruff lead vocals that give the songs a nice edge to them. The energy level on this album is high with every song delivered like it wants to become your next favorite one. The band has the chops to get you up and jumping around with a beer in one hand and a fist in the air as you sing along to these memorable songs that get stuck in your head and make you have to play the album again and again. With guitars buzzing and playing fast, the pounding drums and the bouncy bass guitar playing, the band just shines like the sun after a week of cloudy days, just blinding you with the intensity.

These guys really surprised me with how much I loved this album and with every song being strong, well written, and played with emotion and excitement. If you haven’t got this one, you are missing out, this is one of the best punk albums that I’ve heard in a long, long time and it will get a ton of plays in my house.