The Homeslice Band from Denver serves up some sonic pie
Homeslice Pegmesser Music3 stars of 5When theres nine people in a band its hard to know what to expect from one track to the next. On one hand, you usually get a wide array of styles and influences in the music, on the other hand you can also expect nine egos salivating over a slice of the creative pie.With The Homeslice Band from Denver we get all the musical experience of nine musicians without any of the nasty ego.Homeslice, the bands debut release, opens with golden-oldies riffs on Long Tall Sallys then launches into the reggae-inspired Tied Up. Theres no lack of musical expression on Homeslice, but it never really finds a balance between self-expression and tribute. While Happily Ever After sounds like a segue into a Kenny G instrumental on soft-rock radio, Rainmaker sounds like a cross between Pat Benatar and Black Sabbath (and its the coolest song on the album).Brent Smith, trombone player for Homeslice, said We hope in this album, were able to contain some of the excitement and high-energy folks experience at our live shows. This album partly succeeds in doing just that, but at the very least we see that The Homeslice Band is capable of sliding in and out of musical styles and keeping listeners on their toes. Charlie Owen, High Life writer
Ride the Boogie Longhair Illuminati4.5 stars of 5Dont judge a book by its cover or youll miss out on genius like this. Ride the Boogie may be titled after a relatively unrelated Michael Jackson reference and have nothing to do with their style, yet the bands created an album that rocks and entertains equally. Starting from the first notes of the Beatles-esque Hop Along Chastity, RTB knows you need more than just great music to make a great song. It then morphs into straight up rock and roll ala White Stripes or Royal Trux with Big Ass Bass and Naughty Corner. The album moves back and forth between rock and acoustic beauties. Although its hard to take someone who belts out The night was young and time was on our side/The girls were jamming with their legs swinging wide/And just as I thought Id have to swallow some pride/We had a crew of two for a midnight ride seriously, its equally hard not to fall in love with them for being lyrically ingenious. The foursome follows up with a Supersuckers sounding Mexico without ganking any style. With anti-cat songs, killing cold-hearted businessmen and a girl named Lousie slurpin and blurpin, chewin and chirpin, what doesnt this album have? Thats a rhetorical question; the answer is nothing. Andrew Fersch, Daily Correspondent
Float Side One Dummy3 stars of 5Flogging Molly is one of the most deliriously entertaining shows you can see.And while its hard to beat the fiendish energy that drives Flogging Molly stand-bys such as Drunken Lullabies, Whats Left of the Flag or Devils Dance Floor, the make-up of the bands fourth record, Float, does a pretty good job of it.Propped more on sonic tradition than rock acts like Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly leans on classic instrumentation to give original songs the feel of a bar-chant standard. Its a folk sound that might not have as much tooth-breaking grit to it, but carries all the swagger expected of an Irish rock act that goes past a party atmosphere to crafting its own style.Lead man Dave King is a personal and honest songwriter, packing the kind of regret and unfortunate shared experiences in his lyrics that give Flogging Molly tracks that universal, messed-up spirit that has characterized the band since its 2000 debut.And while Float sounds somber compared to previous releases, it also sounds older, which for Flogging Molly is a good move. Margaret Hair, Steamboat Pilot & Today
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