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Video: The Wait – “Speaking of Irish”

Every so often a band will come around that reminds of you why you fell in love (with music, with her, with the road) in the first place.

Jordan @ Pastepunk posted this earlier and when I heard it, it immediate took me back to when I first discovered bands of my formative years- those who would ultimately shape and influence me through the course of my life. Unchanged is that emotion, just a new catalyst for its spark.

They’re called The Wait and are from Clifton, New Jersey. Currently unsigned, their video for  the song “Speaking of Irish” evokes the same kind of passion felt when I came across music like thisand this, so many years ago.

It feels great to know you can still feel this way about a song.

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Music

Bouncing Souls lineup Home for the Holiday shows

New Jersey punk rockers the Bouncing Souls have announced the lineups for this year’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ showcase set to take place at the tail end of the year.

The 4th annual family fundays feature the Bouncing Souls taking residency at New Jersery’s Stone Pony for a 4-night stint of punk rock mayhem. Along for the ride this year are a massive selection of formidable artists including H2O, Strike Anywhere, The Swellers, The Menzingers and Adrenalin-fucking-OD(!) to name a few.

The Souls last released the full length, Ghosts On the Boardwalk, earlier this year. Prior to their hometown shows, the band will head down to Australia for a tour with Hot Water Music.

Dates, lineups, details:
Sunday, December 26
w/ STRIKE ANYWHERE, ADRENALIN O.D, THE GREAT EXPLAINER

Monday, December 27
w/ FAKE PROBLEMS, LEMURIA, THE SWELLERS

Tuesday, December 28
w/ LEFTOVER CRACK, THE MENZINGERS, TOP SOIL

Wednesday, December 29
w/ H20, YUPPICIDE, DIRTY TACTICS

Tickets (including 4-night passes) can be purchased via Chunksaah.

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Album Reviews, Music

Review: Banquets – This is Our Concern, Dude

There is something in the Jersey water, or the air, or the food they eat because the products of their craft have been of the highest quality. This quartet is every bit the punchy blue-collar sounding rock n’ roll band you’d expect from the state that made this sound famous. Like the Gaslight Anthem before them, This is Our Concern, Dude is a brief blast meant as an introduction of sorts (think Senor And the Queen). 4-tracks of bluesy, rock n’ roll powered punk themes that are every bit as glorious as they are introspective.

“Lyndon B. Magic Johnson” and “Eleanor I Need A Garden” are the folkish opening numbers and serve as the perfect one-two opening punch. In “What a Bunch of Aaron Burrs”, melody and poetry intersect at perfect speeds, resulting in a near perfect piece of bluesy melancholia. Closing off the foursome is “I Wish I Was A Little More Lou Diamond Phillips”, a more hallowed, almost-orchestral tune.

Banquets are no stranger to the worlds of popular film culture and American Presidential history. They are intelligent songwriters, heartfelt lyricists and ample tradesmen in the genre of bluesy folk punk. Only anticipation and hope awaits their next venture. And whatever it is that’s coursing through the veins of Jersey musicians, it’s connected to the lifeblood of some seriously good rock n’ roll. (Black Numbers)

[xrr rating=4/5]

AUDIO STREAM:
Banquets – What a Bunch of Aaron Burrs (from the 7″ This is Our Concern, Dude)

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