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THE HEARTACHES – “Lunacy & devastation” bleeds Punk authenticity

Posted in Album Review, Century Media, century media records, collecting music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, essential punk rock albums, hard to find punk rock albums, independent record labels, metal odyssey, Music, obscure punk rock albums, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album covers, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock albums 2003, punk rock bands, punk rock music, punk rock musicians, punk rock songs, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, underground punk rock bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

The Heartaches small album picI have found another Punk Rock Band to jump up and down about and raise my fist in the air to. The Heartaches and their Lunacy & devastation CD, (released in 2003). I needed some music on Sunday to get me out of the funk I was in, The Heartaches was the remedy… a Punk Rock remedy at that. While Rancid and The Casualties have landed on much larger record labels, The Heartaches are on one bona fide underground label at that, are you ready for this one? Here is the record label – “I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison” Records. Now that is a Punk label if there ever was one.  I take it, from the record label logo of the red devil that is on the liner notes of this CD, that the abbreviation for this record label is – People Like You. From what the liner notes state, this record label is out of Germany. People Like You Records has a really cool website, Punk Rock and Horror Punk are their forte. Their website is packed with their current signed bands and info. My whole life, I have always been intrigued and keenly interested in any underground band that I come across while shopping around for music. The Heartaches are an underground Punk Rock Band for sure, their style of Punk is a blend of Old School meets modern day social angst. Now, that does not sound so unique for a Punk Rock band, yet those are the two main characters in The Heartaches style of Punk. The Heartaches brand of Old School Rockabilly has been recharged with slick speed and extremely contagious riffs that meld within the frenetic stomp of their rhythm section.

The Heartaches small album picThe Heartaches deliver 13 genuine Punk Rock songs on Lunacy & devastation, each song carries it’s own Punk weight, no one song sounds like the other. My favorite song on this CD is Safe and Sound, it just has a cool groove happening from the opening note. If a Punk Rock song can be harmonious, Safe and Sound proves it. A continuous pissed off theme does not let up throughout these songs lyrics, a Punk Rock staple that can work as long as the music itself has legs to stand on. In my Metal opinion, the songs on Lunacy & devastation have legs… Punk strong at that. Lead vocalist Leroy has everything I look for from a Punk Rock front man. Leroy’s vocals exude extreme Punk credibility, as do each member of The Heartaches, from what my ears tell me. Sammy on vocals and guitar, does not impede with his backup duties with Leroy, this guy adds greatly to the total Punk essence of The Heartaches. After my third listen through with this CD, I shake my head and wonder why The Heartaches were never signed to a major label, (I’m not talking Atlantic Records here), a label like SideOneDummy? Yeah, I think The Heartaches sound that cool. Heartattack Radio is the last song on Lunacy & devastation, the Punk fervor of the vocals alongside the rhythmic enthusiasm of The Heartaches makes it a Punk exclamation point of an ending.

I have been trying to find out more information on The Heartaches, utilizing the world wide web has not brought me much luck. The Heartaches are not listed on the People Like You Records website either. The Heartaches that I am discussing here should not be confused with the Swami Records signed Punk Band of the same name – The Heartaches. This other Heartaches band released an album on Swami Records in 2006 titled – Too Cool For School and they are found on the Swami Records website as well. Each band has totally different named musicians. Maybe someone out there knows more about The Heartaches that made this terrific Punk Rock album called Lunacy & devastation… if so, drop Metal Odyssey a comment about it.

**I found The Heartaches – Lunacy & devastation CD on CM distro.com also known as Century Media Records online. This cool Punk Band and CD was keenly hidden away in the “clearance” section of Century Media Records. Great find for me… could be for you too – if you give it a try.

The Heartaches as they appeared on Lunacy & devastation:

Leroy – vocals

Sammy – vocals & guitar

Joey UK – bass

Bram – guitar

Joe Dynamite – drums

Lunacy & devastation Track Listing:

1. S.O.L.

2. Action

3. Hoboken Riot

4, Lunacy & Devastation

5. Safe and sound

6. Let me be

7. Never Come Back

8. 5 Cents in a hat

9. Dead man’s diary

10. Ripped to shreds

11. Sin City

12. Landscape

13. Heartattack Radio

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HALLOWMAS – “The Road To Hallow’s Eve” Is Horror Punk To Scream For

Posted in Album Review, collecting music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, creepy album covers, essential punk rock albums, halloween rock music songs, horror punk, horror punk album covers, horror punk album review, horror punk albums, horror punk rock bands, horror punk rock music, horror punk rock music 2005, horror punk songs, metal odyssey, Music, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock musicians, punk rock songs, rock and roll, rock music, scary album covers, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Hallowmas small album picI first stumbled across Hallowmas – The Road To Hallow’s Eve on the Century Media Records online store – CM Distro.com. The CD cover artwork took my Metal breath away, I am a huge Metal sucker for the scary and horrific album covers… this goes back decades for me. You cannot always judge a book, uh, album by it’s cover. In the case of my purchasing The Road To Hallow’s Eve based on the artwork and song titles, well, I proclaim a Horror Punk victory! This album is on Coffin Records, a recognized label notorious for underground talent. Hallowmas released this album back in 2005, I bought it about one year ago, during one of my Halloween spirited moods. Cutting to the Metal chase here, this is one dandy of a Horror Punk Band, a terrorizing thrill a second is The Road To Hallow’s Eve. It’s all good… Horror Punk style. I have numerous times, since buying this CD, have tried to read and/or find out more about this cool Hallowmas band… all in vain however. The only trail I find on the world wide web about them are the basics I found in the liner notes of this very album. Hallowmas is without question an underground Horror Punk band. I sincerely hope they resurface and continue their Horror Punk path… The Road To Hallow’s Eve makes for an intense foundation for them to build upon.

Lead singer Boris Randall does remind me of the Misfits era Glenn Danzig… strikingly similar, still there was and always will be only one legendary Glenn Danzig. Hallowmas plays tight enough to forge together quality Horror Punk Rock songs, all the while giving off the impression that this is as uncommercial a band that will ever be. To say that this album Rocks is a Metal understatement of the facts… this album leaves me wanting more, much more Hallowmas please. The center spread photo of the band, within the liner notes, shows them donning skeleton costumes and skeletal makeup. Between the music Hallowmas plays, along with their persona, it would be too easy to dismiss them off as copycats of the Misfits. By comparison, look at how many Death Metal bands that share the same characteristics of their peers – how many Glam/Hair Metal bands that sported the same look as their peer bands. As a devout fan of the Misfits, I personally am flattered when other Punk or Horror Punk bands take on the style of such a historical and legendary band.

The more I listened to The Road To Hallow’s Eve, the easier it was for me to break into the shell of the Hallowmas Horror Punk and hear some spirited originality. Each song is Rock and Roll rooted, from the pulsating rhythm section to the attention grabbing guitar riffs, a fine mixture of Old School Punk meets dark infested Horror Punk this album is. The only song (based on the info in the liner notes), that Hallowmas did not perform or write on this album is Road To Hallow’s Eve. This is a gothic influenced and spooky instrumental, (keyboards), that was written and performed by Killjoy and Sigh’s Mirai Kawashima… I find the vocals to be quite haunting, almost like a chant you would not want to hear alone in a remote and dark forest. In my Metal opinion, Hallowmas and The Road To Hallow’s Eve is another devilishly cool Horror Punk CD that I will turn to often… especially this Halloween Season!

Hallowmas as they appeared on The Road To Hallow’s Eve:

Boris Randall – vocals

Damien Matthews – guitar

Johnny Coffin – bass

Drew Blood – drums

The Road To Hallow’s EveTrack Listing:

The Hanging Girl

Twins Of Evil

Planet X

Miss Devil Doll

When You’re Blue

The Road To Hallow’s Eve

Pagan’s Night

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AFI – All Hallow’s E.P. is a Horror Punk gem

Posted in 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's punk rock albums, 1990's punk rock bands, 1990's punk rock music, 1990's rock music, Album Review, alternative rock bands, alternative rock music, alternative rock music albums, classic punk rock, cool album covers, creepy album covers, essential punk rock albums, essential punk rock songs, horror punk, horror punk album covers, horror punk album review, horror punk albums, horror punk rock music, horror punk songs, metal odyssey, Music, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock cover songs, punk rock music, punk rock musicians, punk rock songs, rock and roll, rock music, spooky album covers, vintage punk rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

AFI "All Hallows EP" small picA couple of years ago, I purchased All Hallow’s E.P. by AFI… man, this is a cool Horror Punk gem. Released on November 3, 1999, on Nitro Records, this is AFI when they were creating Horror Punk and it is worth every penny I spent on it. A tidy E.P. it is, with four songs that are lathered with quality Horror Punk attitude and speed. Davey Havok on lead vocals sounds vintage, even though it has only been about a decade since this E.P.’s release. Every time I listen to All Hallow’s E.P., I walk away believing Davey Havok was born to sing this style of Punk Rock. I could listen all day to this Horror Punk style of AFI. I have been currently rummaging through my Metal and Punk Music collection, sifting through the spooky titles of both albums and songs and putting them on my daily rotation of music listening. Horror Punk will always stand out when searching for the creepy tunes, All Hallow’s E.P. is an obvious choice. With the Halloween season knocking at my Metal doorstep, rounding up the scary stuff to listen to has become an annual right of Horror passage for me.

The four songs on All Hallow’s E.P. are: Fall Children, Halloween, The Boy Who Destroyed The World and TotalImmortal. (That is not a typo, there is not supposed to be a space between the words Total Immortal for this song title). Halloween is a cover song, originally written and sung by Glenn Danzig when he fronted the legendary Misfits. AFI covers Halloween with all deserved and spooked out respect. The built in mechanism of the lyrics, coupled with the musical undertones of dread, makes these four songs explode with the dynamics of Horror Punk. My favorite track is… a tie. So, my favorite tracks are Halloween (due to it being a Misfits cover song and it is unreal good) and TotalImmortal. Being the last song out of the four, TotalImmortal is really the exclamation point of All Hallow’s E.P., it has the unrestrained Punk Rock energy that leaves me yearning for more of these songs from AFI.

AFI as they appeared on All Hallow’s E.P.:

Davey Havok on vocals

Jade Puget on guitar

Hunter on bass 

Adam Carson on drums

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DR. CHUD’S X-WARD – HORROR PUNK SONGS I DUG UP AND NOW DIG

Posted in 1980's punk rock bands, 1990's punk rock albums, 1990's punk rock bands, 1990's punk rock music, classic punk rock, collecting music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, creepy album covers, current punk rock music, Danzig, Drums, essential punk rock albums, essential punk rock songs, essential rock albums, extreme music, heavy metal music, horror metal, horror punk, horror punk album covers, horror punk album review, horror punk albums, horror punk rock music, horror punk songs, Metal, metal odyssey, Misfits, Music, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock music today, punk rock musicians, punk rock songs, rock & roll, rock and roll, scary album covers, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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Dr. Chud’s X-Ward is a Horror Punk Rock Band that I am listening to… just in time for Halloween season too.  If Punk Rock or any genre of Punk is your flavor, this band will make your upper lip curl with horror glee. Horror Punk, with Dr. Chud’s X-Ward as an example, is just a few morbid steps removed from Metal Music itself… in my Metal opinion. If the lyrics and images of a band and their songs are creepy, plus the music is hard and heavy, then it is all relative… and I am listening with a sinister Metal grin on my face. Dr. Chud’s X-Ward’s self titled album was released in 2004 and is readily available on itunes. This is where I bought my Dr. Chud’s X-Ward songs, this album and/or CD is not the easiest to find at retail anywhere, a huge Metal kudos to itunes for making available, this cool Horror Punk Band. I purchased Dr. Chud’s X-Ward all along realizing, in horror, that it took almost a full five years to finally nail down this bands songs. Well, now Dr. Chud’s X-Ward is in my collection of Punk, Horror Punk that is.

As any fan of the Misfits knows, Dr. Chud was the drummer during the late 1990’s for this important and iconic Punk Rock Band. My adoration for the Misfits goes beyond just listening to their Punk Rock Music. I am forever searching out for music that the former members of the Misfits put out, Dr. Chud’s X-Ward is a fitting example. (Danzig is a gigantic example, of course). My favorite Dr. Chud’s X-Ward song is Heavy Metal, man this song is cool… it Rocks period. Spiderbaby is another choice track to hook your claws into. Goodbye is worth a few hundred listens or so, very melodic this Horror Punk song is. Take a look below for some cool Dr. Chud’s X-Ward facts – you just might find that this info will serve you right.

Dr. Chud’s X-Ward info for the Horror Punk brain:

* Chud stands for: “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Drummer”

* Dr. Chud was of course, the drummer for the Misfits… on the albums American Psycho (1997), Famous Monsters (1999) and Cuts From The Crypt (2001).

Dr. Chud has also recently played drums for/toured with Horror Punk Bands Blitzkid (2008-09) and Gorgeous Frankenstein (2008). 

* Dr. Chud’s X-Ward self titled album was released in 2004.

* Dr. Chud played drums on the late Joey Ramone solo album Don’t Worry About Me, (2001).

* http://www.drchudsxward.com

* http://www.myspace.com/xward 

You can hear Dr. Chud’s X-Ward songs streaming on their myspace page – it is worth a thousand horror listens. If you are a Punk Rock, Metal Music fan or just a fan of Rock and Roll, give yourself a treat this Halloween season and buy one or all of Dr. Chud’s X-Ward’s Horror Punk songs… you won’t regret it… that is my Metal guarantee.


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MODERN LIFE IS WAR – “Midnight In America” Hardcore Punk that pummels the senses

Posted in Album Review, cool album covers, essential hardcore albums, essential punk rock albums, extreme music, hardcore punk rock albums, hardcore punk rock music, hardcore punk rock songs, Music, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock albums 2007, punk rock music, punk rock songs, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Modern Life Is War "Midnight In America" small picModern Life Is War caught my attention this past Summer of ’09, as I was perusing the clearance rack at my local Hot Topic. I was stunned, to say the least, to see a quality Hardcore Punk Band like this, on a clearance rack, of all places. It is a shame Modern Life Is War disbanded back in 2008… this was one loud, rowdy, Hardcore Punk Band that created some cool albums in less than a decade, (4 albums and 1 debut EP). From looking around the internet, Modern Life Is War certainly have a ton of fans hoping for a reunion of any kind. Going back to my clearance rack experience at Hot Topic… uncovered was a limited edition 7″ colored vinyl of the single Stagger Lee and the b side The Motorcycle Boy Reigns, included in a package with the Midnight In America CD with full liner notes booklet. The price… $4.98… man, that was one Hardcore Punk package too damn good to pass over. My wife actually found it first, she directed me in the right direction on this Hot Topic trip, she could not believe what we found… and for the price. If anyone who is remotely interested in listening to a quality American Hardcore Punk Band from this decade… Modern Life Is War is as fine and raucous a choice you can make.

Midnight In America is eleven songs that will either make you believe just how good this band was or have you wishing they were still around creating Hardcore Punk. Midnight In America is an impressive display of the emboldened confidence that Modern Life Is War bestowed, both in the lyrics and the Hardcore Punk Music they created. This album has it’s melodic moments, still, I’ll be damned if that takes away from the Hardcore Punk muscle that this band so viciously displays. My favorite song from this album is These Mad Dogs of Glory. The over powering Hardcore swagger just seems to boil over on this song… with pissed off enthusiasm for good measure. Night Shift At The Potato Factory and The Motorcycle Boy Reigns are songs that prove speed is a factor when it comes to real Hardcore Punk. Finding Modern Life Is War on a clearance rack proves that it is not always the crap music that gets marked down… there are many things in life that are deceiving, this is one example. If Modern Life Is War does decide on a comeback, they should know that they have this middle aged Metalhead out there, who feels they kicked some Hardcore butt during their reign.

Midnight In America was released in 2007 on Equal Vision Records.

Modern Life Is War, as they appear on Midnight In America:

Jeffrey Eaton on vocals, John Eich  on  guitar & vocals, Tyler Oleson on Drums

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THE CASUALTIES – “we are all we have” is REAL, aggressive, Punk Rock

Posted in Album Review, essential punk rock albums, extreme music, extreme music today, Music, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock music 2009, punk rock music today, punk rock songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

The Casualties "we are all we have" small picThe Casualties are a smack to the head reminder that Punk Rock is not dead… one listen to we are all we have and I listened again. The Casualties new album, (released August 25, 2009 on SIDEONEDUMMY Records), comes across fast, heavy and embracingly aggressive. Standing amidst what I consider, an enduring crowd of veteran and rising Punk Rock and Hardcore Punk bands that are all current and real, The Casualties approach is take no damn crap or prisoners, in my Metal opinion. The Casualties have never been bashful about making a social statement lyrically, we are all we have gives more than a nod to what is pissing off this band. I cannot resist the Old School backing/gang vocals that makes this album so darned Punk infused. If we are all we have was a book, an appropriate title very well could be Real Punk Rock and The System Sucks. Integrity heard and felt in music is open for interpretation, a personal opinion, if you will… I hear and feel the upmost integrity from The Casualties, always have, there is no saran wrap shrouding this band from their convictions.

The United States has without doubt, gone through a major political change within the past year, along with an unprecedented mortgage crisis, throw in the environmental issues of the day and The Casualties will inevitably get their point across with a new album. One of the greatest freedoms I cherish and hope will never be tinkered with by my government, is freedom of speech. When a band I like has something to say through song, I’ll listen, I always find it damned cool when a band like The Casualties have opinions. Apocalypse Today and War is Business are the two meaty social songs that gets their messages out with true Punk angst and bite. Hey, I have always been concerned about my drinking water too… The Casualties make a damned good and cool point on Apocalypse Today, with vintage Punk driven intensity. War is Business has The Casualties reminding me that yeah… I am thankful the war is not here and it’s over there. Despite the location of war, The Casualties sadly remind me that innocent families and children fall victim to war overseas… war does suck, war is hell. Nevertheless, I am grateful to the service men and women who have protected my country from terror. War has unfortunately followed societies around since the dawn of time. I could not agree more with the lyrics to Life Clone, I can’t stomach plastic/artificial people who buy themselves through life either. I raise my fist in the air to this song and bellow – hell yeah! The Casualties bring forth the social images and opinions that are either too taboo or uncomfortable for some of us to speak up about in a public or open forum.

Putting the social factor aside, we are all we have is as pronounced a Hardcore Punk Rock album as you can hear, vocally, musically and lyrically in sync, producing a bastion of Punk vibe. The album finishes off with Rocker’s Reggae (Working Man’s Dub), it is laced with a Reggae sound, with the messages of Punk pride through Punk songs and these same songs will never be taken from the Punk genre by anyone, for the Punk genre knows the true meaning and feelings of these working man/Punk songs. I am not out to fool anyone, I will never pose… I am not a Punk myself, yet I still will get the maximum Punk enjoyment from The Casualties as I always have. I listen to many Punk Rock bands, I have for decades. I am a Metalhead who has expanded his Extreme Music appreciation a very long time ago… with no regrets.

The Casualties are: 

Jorge– vocals
Rick – bass
Meggers– drums
Jake – guitar

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Violent Femmes – “Why Do Birds Sing?” is a unique album, a unique band

Posted in 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's college music, 1990's folk punk rock music, 1990's punk rock music, Album Review, essential punk rock albums, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock cover songs, punk rock music, punk rock songs, Rock, rock & roll, rock music, silly album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Throughout my travels to antique stores and thrift shops, more often than not, I come across albums and/or CD’s that grab my attention in milliseconds. I usually find the Metal, Punk Rock or Extreme Music that is not in stock at your local Walmart, Best Buy or f.y.e., therefore my journey’s to these eclectic shops are never in vain. Sure, the vast majority of underground and obscure music titles can be had online just about anywhere you look, I am an avid consumer of online purchases this way. However, it is just a tad more cool to actually hunt down or stumble upon a CD of a band that is not on any mainstream or commercial charts… not in the limelight whatsoever… and this band is unique, a definite qualifier for existing in the world of Extreme Music. Please excuse me, if I say that the three dollars I paid to bring home Violent Femmes “Why Do Birds Sing?”, (released in 1991), was a smart move. Three dollars versus the eleven dollars (or more) it would have cost me to buy this CD brand new online… not counting the shipping and tax costs. Used CD? Is there such a thing? Man, a CD really has to be scratched up and bent out of shape for me to consider it used.  Besides, I am not that naive to purchase a used CD without inspecting the surface wear of the actual disc itself. Crap, I better get on with the actual music found here, on “Why Do Birds Sing?” and stop this ranting about the science of used CD hunting and purchasing.

Hey man, anytime a band is considered, labeled or sounds like Folk Punk Rock, this said band is embraced by Metal Odyssey. What is more unique than Folk Punk? C’mon, this genre is flying under the radar for decades and is a survivor. I certainly remember there being a cult following for the Violent Femmes back in my college days. (I honestly never gave them a listen back then, I was either too broke to afford new tunes or too occupied with my core bands of Thrash and Heavy Metal). Life is all about exploring… and explore my ears have done with this Violent Femmes CD. To pursue the music that lies within “Why Do Birds Sing?”, for me, is paralleled to taking a road trip without a map. In other words, this album has been something I never expected, I never really knew what may be around the next turn, what will the next song be like? Will there be memorable tunes along the way?

Before I mention some of the songs on this album… just look at the album cover artwork found here. I am going to use the words – retrospective silly. Yes, I used the words retrospective silly on Metal Odyssey. This artwork captures the who cares what the system thinks of us attitude that is sweltering from the music of the Violent Femmes. There are no muscular barbarians, warlocks, monsters, skulls, science fiction backdrops or busty women on this album cover. The music that is within “Why Do Birds Sing” does not need any of these covers to win me over. The music holds it’s own, without the help of cover artwork… the Violent Femmes created some really good music here, all 13 songs of it. These Violent Femmes do a darn good cover on The Culture Club hit “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, for this genre of music, this song captivates as much as it rocks. “Hey Nonny Nonny” is a folk rocking, vocally punk rockin’, foot stompin’, knee slapping, pass me another beer, hip little song. “Used To Be” is a melodic, free flowing Rock & Roll song, reflecting on how a man and a woman used to be happy before their world ended… the lyrics never state exactly why their worlds ended. “Girl Trouble” definitely encompasses all things 1950’s Rock & Roll, only that the lyrics and vocals would never fit into the decade of the ’50’s. (This song definitely fits in with me). My favorite song on this album is “More Money Tonight” – this is the one track that does not have the Folk Punk Rock happening, instead it rocks like a late 1970’s Rolling Stones tune… vocally I swear I hear Mick Jagger himself. (I am not kidding).

In the grand scope of Folk Punk Rock, these Violent Femmes are and should be regarded as true stalwarts for their genre. If you are looking to get into a band that is so damn different from what you are currently into, the Violent Femmes will give you a taste of old time Rock & Roll, mixed in with some Folk, sprinkled with some eccentric lyrics, and layered with Punk Rock attitude and vocals. The crusty surface on all of these songs only make for a more diverse and unique musical trip. The Violent Femmes as they appear on “Why Do Birds Sing?”: Gordon Gano on vocal and acoustic guitar, Brian Ritchie on acoustic bass guitar, banjo, electric guitar and jaw harp, Victor DeLorenzo on brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, vocals and drums and Michael Beinhorn on piano.

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