Dead Friends are a Psycho Punk Hardcore band from Boston. You can hear influences from early 80's metal to the Beastie Boys to Black Flag. I normally do not like hardcore music(hey, except Fugazi) but Dead Friends I like, I like them a lot. Benny Grotto of Mad Oak Studios recorded these tracks and the sound is incredible. You may recall in our interview with Benny Grotto he mentioned his first album; Black Flag "Damaged." You can hear that Benny used his knowledge of the sounds of that record to capture these amazing songs by Dead Friends.
But enough about Benny, we all already know he rocks, what about Dead Friends? They rock too. If you like Black Flag; you'll want to take a listen to these guys. If you like Phish; I bet Dead Friends will spit at your face.
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Pub Rock from Mark Dantini, John Maloney, David Coughlan, Ted Collins, and Alan Durell.
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys are one of the most unique bands that you will ever see. Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys are one of the most unique bands that you will ever hear. Their abilities in entertaining you with sight and sound is something that I wish every band tried to accomplish. Or, maybe I don't wish that; If every band was doing it then maybe these broken toys wouldn't seem so special. Walter Sickert & Edire, one of The Broken Toys, took the time to sit down with us and talk about some of their experiences, sights and sounds.
Robby Roadsteamer is a Boston Scenester, a former WBCN DJ and a comedian extraordinaire. He’s got his own spin of what rock should be, kind of like Andy Kaufman had his own take on comedy. To some, this self produced, self made cd, is completely unlistenable. I can understand, this guy is out there. Way out there… but that’s what makes him so special. If you can stomach a little off key singing, there is some pretty brilliant stuff. I have no idea if this album syncs up with the Sega Genesis game of the same name, but after listening to some of these songs, I’d say Robby is just the kind of guy who is crazy enough to try it.
My advice is to listen to this album loud and listen to it often. It’s really good. Its balls out, guitar infested, bass infused and slam-the-drum set rock and roll at its finest, and deserves no less than to be played at full volume for all to hear. These guys, Niles Tooher (bass) Matt Athanasiou (drums) and Jon Holland (guitar) have been playing together for nearly a decade, more recently bringing in stellar vocalist Kenyatta Savage to round out the sound. The band is so tight, playing off each other’s individual style and really has taken their brand of no nonsense, riff rock to the next level.
This EP is about as bare bones as you can get. One man, one mandolin. Sure there is some over dub style layering here and there but overall its complete minimalism. Jimmy Ryan, one of the best mandolin players in the country, call Boston his home and is a regular in the Cambridge folk and Americana scene. As one of the top session players in town as well, Jimmy is often sitting in with other bands, however here he is alone and the sound is sparse, but quiet beautiful. His interpretation of the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” is alone worth the listen, but there are 6 other tunes on here equally praise worthy.
Born from the ashes of The Halogens, The Luxury came about from pedigree influences of both modern and classic British rock. The grandiose emotive highs of “Rockets and Wrecking Balls” and the fast driving “Seven Stories” are evidence that the band’s got some songwriting prowess many contemporaries lack. If Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) wrote for Primal Scream under the tutelage of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, it might sound half as good as this. I dug it and frontman Jason Dunn can sing like a mofo.
Smart vocals and smoothly layered keyboards and acoustic guitars sparkle on this 6 song CD like stars on a clear night. I feel like I’m a fly on the wall of a French Riviera dance club. The songs are light and refreshing like Jack Johnson with an edge but also very danceable; it’s hard to not let this music get you moving. Though every song on here is cleverly arranged and produced, my favorite track is tied between the epically optimistic “Big Fish” and the lively “Nothing But Shame.”
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