Saint Alvia have been nominated for multiple JUNO, MuchMusic Video and CASBY Awards, featured in Alternative Press, had Top 20 songs at Canadian radio, and have been handpicked to tour with such artists as The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Billy Talent, Green Day, Against Me, Arkells and The Bouncing Souls. The album Static Psalms is their May 21, 2013 album released on the Linus Entertainment Records label. This band features Greg Taylor on guitars and vocals, Greg Fisher on guitar, Jon Laurin on keyboards, Ben Rispin on vocals, Matt Richmond on drums and Adam Michael on bass. This thirteen track album that is a mixture of rock, blues, and punk showcases great vocals and instrumentation on such tracks as Whispering To The Dead, Define Me (the intro took me back to Navy boot camp which the cadence, in the beginning, lol) Mother’s Day, The Pressure, The Commute and much more. This album presents a great performance, amazing songwriting talent, and superb recording. This album is available in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Music, and other music outlets. I was just notified that this is available on Vinyl as well.
For my 1605th review, I am proud to present the album Lightning In Our Veins, the new album by Chip & The Charge Ups scheduled for release on April 4, 2020. Chip & The Charge Ups is the new hard rock/power pop/pop-punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania featuring Chip Dominick on vocals and guitar, his daughter Maleena Dominick on vocals and bass, Jeff DiPerna on drums, and DJ Carothers on guitar. This nine-track album, which is their third contains such great tracks as Feel Electricity, Toxic Human, This Bomb Ain’t Gonna Light Itself, Unbreakable and much more. Also on this album is a punk version of the Blondie classic The Tide Is High. I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the songwriting and recording. I am looking forward to hearing about their earlier work as well. You will be able to get your own copy of this great album on April 4th from Apple music and many other outlets as well as from their official website https://www.thechargeups.com, where you can learn more about this band, their music and where you can see them perform live.
Paint The Town Red: The Best Of is the November 16, 2010, greatest hit compilation by The Mahones, a Canadian Irish punk band, formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, in Kingston, Ontario Canada. This band comprises of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, Katie “KaBoom” McConnell on accordion and backing vocals, Sean “Riot” Ryan on bass and vocals, and Sean Winter on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and backing vocals. This seventeen track album which is my second review for this amazing band contains such tracks as Across The U.S.A., Rise Again, 100 Bucks, When I Comes Around, One Last Shot and much more. There is an additional twelve track CD called Live At The Horseshoe where they perform many of these tracks live with a different line up which consists of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Andrew Brown on accordion and backing vocals, Owen Warniea on acoustic guitar, bass and backing vocals, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, and Chris Seahill on mandolin. On this album, they play live versions of Paint The Town Red, Rise Again, Shake Hands With the Devil, Is This Bar Open Til’ Tomorrow and much more. This whole compilation was well written, performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where music is sold.
The Black Irish is the January 20, 2011 album by The Mahones, a Canadian Irish punk band released on the Whiskey Devil Records label and distributed by True North Records. This band comprises of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, Katie “KaBoom” McConnell on accordion and backing vocals, Sean “Riot” Ryan on bass and vocals, Sean Winter on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and backing vocals, and “The Legendary” Mark Gilligan on backing vocals. This twelve track album which won the Independent Music Award for Best Punk Album in 2012 features such tracks as A Great Night On The Lash, Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil, The Blood Is On Your Hands, Lord Of The Dirty Hordes, Whiskey Under The Bridge and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and many other music outlets.
Put away the pumpkins, kids – it’s time to hang the fishnet stockings, trim the plastic, spittle-flecked tree and celebrate another Punk Rock Christmas with Volume Two! Following on the heels of the massively successful Punk Rock Christmas (released in 2015) comes another collection of holiday favorites performed by an even larger gathering of punk rock all-stars including Tsunami Bomb, The Rumjacks, The Members, The Vibrators, Reagan Youth, Down By Law, Naked Aggression, Johnny Thunders and more and is available on both CD in a stocking-sized digipak and on a beautiful red vinyl released November 1, 2019 on Cleopatra Records. This twenty-six track album features originals and classics with such tunes as Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Tsunami Bomb, John Lennon’s classic Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by The Members, Santa Had To Go Into Rehab by The Vibrators, Who Put The Gum In Santa’s Whiskers by The Ship Thieves, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Walter Etc. and so much more. This album was well compiled, written, performed and recorded plus is available from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.
The Alternative is the March 1, 2019 album by Omaha, Nebraska alternative metal/punk rock band Flux Amuck described as weird music for awesome people. This band consists of Sam Taulborg on vocals, Toby Wandel on bass, Jesse Ottersum on multi instruments, Mark Rohrbaugh on guitar and Geoff Marshall on drums. This twelve track album features great guitar work, thumping bass lines, driving drum beats and amazing vocals on such tracks as Pretorius, Standard Of Excellence, Intercepted Transmission, Debris, Reptilian Sun and so much more. This album was well written, performed, and recorded and is available on CD and digital downloads from such music outlets as Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon and more. To learn more about this band, their music and their tour schedule go to their website https://www.fluxamuck.com
British post-punk veterans The Tea Set, known for their theatrical live shows support slots with The Clash, U2, and Iggy Pop as well as tours with The Stranglers and The Skids, have released their latest album Back In Time For Tea on July 19, 2019, on the Cleopatra Records label. This album includes all the band’s recordings originally released on seven inch singles from 1978 to 1981 plus two never heard tracks Walk Small and the recently recorded track Pharaohs. This band consists of Nic Egan on vocals and keyboards, Cally on drums, Ron West and Duncan Stringer on bass, Nick Haeffner on guitar and Mark Wilkins on keyboards. This twelve track album also features such tracks as Grey Starling, Keep On Running, South Pacific, The Preacher and much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced and is available from Cleopatra Records, Discogs, Amazon and other music outlets where Vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.theteaset.net
Version is the July 4, 2109 album by The Members, a British punk band that originated in Camberley, England released on the Cleopatra Records label. The lineup for this band consists of JC Carroll on guitar and vocals, Chris Payne on bass and vocals, Calle Engelmarc on lead guitar and vocals and Nick Cash on drums. This fourteen track album is covers of bands that had influenced them over the years but arranged and performed with an intense artistry of their own with such work as When You Were Mine (originally recorded by Prince), Boys Keep Swinging (originally by David Bowie), Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (originally by The Ramones), Soul Rebel (originally by The Wailers), Waiting For My Man (originally by Velvet Underground) and so much more. I was impressed with how well they made this album their own. Also, this album was well recorded, performed and produced. You can pick up your own copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Cleopatra Records, Discogs, and many other outlets plus their website where you can learn more about this band, their tour schedule, and more http://www.themembers.co.uk
Futurecide is the third studio album by the post-punk band from Bradford UK 1919 released April 12, 2019, on the Cleopatra Records label. This band comprises of Nick Reed on drums, Sam Evans on guitar, Karl Donner on bass and Rio Goldhammer on vocals. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great guitar work, amazing vocals, and driving drum beats reminding me of the sounds of REM and other bands of that era with such tracks as Anxiety, the title track Futurecide, Radicals, Aurora and much more. This great album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I recommend this album for your music library and you can get your own copy of this great album from Bandcamp, Amazon and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. You can also learn more about this band by going to their website https://1919.co.uk/
For my 1116th music review, I would like to share my experience listening to the album For Kenny, a two-CD collection by Milwaukee, Wisconsin trio LYL (Locate Your Lips) consisting of the late Kenny Baldwin on drums (who passed away in 2015 and who this album is dedicated to), bassist and vocalist Andy Cavaluzzi, and guitarist Jim Eannelli. According to the liner notes, Locate Your Lips wrote 22 songs in two weeks and the first disc, a live WQFM broadcast from Café Voltaire, finds the band’s frenzy in fine form and the second disc’s studio tracks from a year later, offer a more produced view of the band, mixing punk, jazz, and progressive rock styles. Among the great tracks on this collection recorded back in 1985 are Get Away, I Can Take It, Got A Lot Of Nice Things, No Refuge, Got A Lot Of Time, Indecision, Alive and much more. These tracks were well written, I liked the recording of disc two better than the live recording of disc one (since live recordings are more difficult to get the right sound), and this album was well performed. The release date on this collection is April 5, 2019, on Happy Growl Records for both CD and digital downloads from such outlets as CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon and more. For more information on Locate Your Lips, visit their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LocateYourLips.