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Video: Morgan – Porcupine

MorganQuebec country-punk act Morgan has premiered a new music video for the song “Porcupine.”  The track appears on the album Morgan Deli, which was available on September 29, 2017 via Stomp Records.  

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Video: Isotopes – Rochelle Rochelle

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes have premiered a new music video for the song “Rochelle Rochelle.”  The track appears on their latest LP, 1994 World Series Champions, which dropped on April 17, 2017 via Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

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Video: The Creepshow – Death At My Door

The CreepshowHappy Friday the 13th!  Canadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a new music video and song.  The video features the title track from their newest album, Death At My Door,  which dropped last month via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

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Morgan Streams New LP In Full

Morgan DeliMontreal cow punk hillbillies  Morgan are streaming their brand new album in full.  The album is titled Morgan Deli, and drops today via Stomp Records.

Be sure to give the album a spin here courtesy New Noise Magazine and check out our review.

Morgan Deli

Morgan

Morgan Deli

Stomp Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Montreal cowpunks Morgan proudly release their latest full length, Morgan Deli.  Wait… what? Morgan Deli?  What the heck is a Morgan Deli?  Well, let’s have the title track do the talking… “Welcome back to the Morgan Deli, can I take your order?” “Here at the Morgan Deli we’ve got what you need, people come and go, but your soul will never leave.”  Oh, so this review has veered into a dialogue, and it’s that kind of deli.  In that case, what do you serve at this here fine rural establishment?  “Try our new porcupine chilli bean gasoline water,” “here at the Morgan Deli half our staff is blind… a little moonshine liquor helps to ease the mind.”

If you haven’t clued in yet, Morgan Deli’s title track is all about the lifestyle and menu of a backwoods hillbilly deli.  It also makes for an absolutely hilarious and engrossing piece of cover art.  The song itself comes lathered all shades of boot stompin, upright bass thumping cowpunk, the likes of which can only really be compared to that of a mashup of Old Man Markley infused with pop-punk folksters The Penske File, country trottin psychos The Raygun Cowboys, and the tailgate partying attitude of Puttin On The Foil.  And let’s throw in a Bob Wayne comparison while we’re at it.

Morgan features a distinct dual vocal style in which the band commonly pairs an intentional hillbilly accent with a regular chorus of clean pop-punk voices.  The musical backdrop is something truly special in its balance of traditional country twang and gruff but poppy punk.  Songs like “Kiss This Town Goodbye” keep the album’s pacing steady at an 18 wheeler frenzied charge, while those like “Running For My Life” take on a little honky tonk saloon buzz, complete with bar room piano, comical narrative song structure and a laugh out loud plot twist.  On that note, smart but crass humour heavily defines Morgan’s skill set, as per the alternative meat loving “Porcupine” and hobbyist mechanic ditty “Fixing The Chainsaw.”

Cowpunk is a particularly tiny niche in the already limited folk-punk genre, so every new addition is welcomed with open arms – although they’re certainly not all created equal.  That being said, Morgan Deli’s off kilter humour and catchy rural attitude clearly frame Morgan as a frontrunner in the country/folk/cow punk scene.  There’s never been a better time to step through the doors of the Morgan Deli.  Now where’d I put that glass of porcupine chilli bean gasoline water… 

Morgan – I Think We’re Going to Jail

MorganQuebec country-punk act Morgan has premiered a new song in anticipation of the impending release of their new full length.  The track is titled “I Think We’re Going to Jail” and the album is titled Morgan Deli, which will be available on September 29, 2017 via Stomp Records.  

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The Creepshow

The Creepshow

Death At My Door

STOMP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

There’s little refuting that The Creepshow are one of Canada’s premiere psychobilly attractions.  They’ve maintained this reputation through numerous lineup changes, including three vocalists, as well as when branching out from what is typically recognized as a very limiting genre.  At this point, I think it’s safe to say that their style and allure transcends the typical psychobilly niche, and that fans think of the band first and foremost as The Creepshow.  Continuing this trend, The Creepshow’s fifth full length, Death At My Door, further demonstrates the band’s confidence and willingness to push themselves to new heights.

Death At My Door marks vocalist Kendra Legaspi’s second full length, and while her first album, Life After Death, played it safe (likely to comfort fans during the transition) the band now seems comfortable and confident enough to give their latest outing a very distinct personae.  The Creepshow open the disc with a familiar punk-a-billy inspired title track featuring The Revered McGinty’s unmistakable organ keys and plenty of full bodied backing “woahs.”  This is the classic Creepshow that has weathered the storm, and it still sounds every bit as gripping today as it did twelve years ago.  While Sean McNab’s big upright double bass has never been as pronounced as with many of their peers, it still underlies some of the album’s top mid-tempo thumpers.  Take, “Til Death Do Us Apart” and “Tomorrow May Never Come,” which reinforces the band’s reputation for some of the best and biggest sing along psychobilly choruses.  The songs’ romping bass balances Kendra’s smooth, smokey presence, a chorus of anthemic gang vocals, and Sean McNab’s forceful riffs.  Simply put, the band hits the mark repeatedly.

But what has always made The Creepshow so much more than a Horrorpops clone is their ability to infuse so many slight stylistic diversions into their frame, without ever losing sight of their psychobilly identity.  Take the buzzing rock n’ roll attitude of “A.O.T.B.H.”, complete with distortion drenched riffs and killer guitar hooks, or the vibrant twang underpinning the rockabilly-gone-country stomper “Another Way Out.”  Yet each of those pale in comparison to the swanky little brass number, “New Kings.”  Opening with a swath of gravelly male vocals, the band turns out a ritzy 50’s dancehall crasher that wouldn’t feel out of place on The Kings Of Nuthin’ album.  It’s wholly unexpected, but the payoff is undeniable.  

Meanwhile, “My Soul To Keep” delves deeply into the opposite side of the spectrum, stripping down to a foundation of Legaspi’s raspy siren call and simple guitar accompaniment for the album’s final few sorrowful moments.  While certainly a radical change of pace, the dank atmosphere and minimalist execution fits the scene.  Long time fans may even draw some parallels with former front woman Sarah Blackwood’s early solo work.  Let’s just hope this doesn’t prophesize Kendra’s eventual departure.

There’s little to say about The Creepshow that hasn’t already been lauded, and Death At My Door further justifies all prior praise.  The Burlington, Ontario quintet continues to thrive in light of a career worth of change, and Legaspi now feels every bit at home with The Creepshow as with all past alumni.  The Creepshow are right where they want to be, and Death At My Door further pushes The Creepshow’s creative and stylistic boundaries. It goes without saying, but Death At My Door exhibits all the markings of a band clearly embracing its prime.

The Creepshow Stream New Album In Full

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Death At My Door.  The album drops drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

Listen to the album here and watch for our full review later this week.

Tours: The Penske File

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File has announced that they will be hitting the road this Fall.  The band is set to share the stage with The Creepshow and Fire Next Time, and Arms Aloft during their US dates.  The band continues to support their latest full length, Burn into the Earth, which is available now via Stomp Records.

Tour dates are below.  A new record is expected to drop sometime in 2018.

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Video: The Creepshow – Stick & Stones

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have premiered a new music video and song.  The video features the song “Sticks & Stones” and the disc will be titled Death At My Door.  The album drops drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

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Danny Rebel & The KGB

Lovehause

Stomp Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

It wouldn’t be summer without an annual ska or reggae infused offering from the good folks at Stomp Records.  This year it’s the latest from Danny Rebel and the KGB – a proud member of the Montreal ska and reggae community.  A band known for their obvious roots-heavy influence, the band’s brand of soulful reggae washes over listeners like a shady breeze on a sweltering summer afternoon.  The five-piece’s latest full length, Lovehaus, will sound recognizable to anyone that is familiar with Alex Guiguere style projects like The Beatdown or One Night Band (which isn’t surprising considering that Danny Rebel & The KGB frequently play festivals and gigs with them).

The band employs a breadth of instruments native to the various related genres running through Lovehaus. As might be expected, the band takes full advantage of a steady humming organ – each note landing in complement to the steady stream of upstrokes blasts.  Accordingly, opener “I Got A Feeling” is fairly typical of the genre for all the right reasons.  The instrumentation is driven from styles not unlike those apparent in early career The Aggrolites, with the execution every bit as organic as the sound demands.  Similar takes like “Ain’t No Fool” and “Pirates” each put their own unique, hazy spin on the well established formula.  “200 Proof” follows with a smooth, soulful take that feels ready to transform a sleepy bar into an intimate 70’s club, while the quivering vocal style and steady upstroke of “I Apologize” and “Wellington St.” make the tracks feel decidedly like memorable slow burners from late 00’s State Radio.  

Based on the message underpinning “Take Me Away,” the band seems to revere the era which gave birth to their idols.  “Out with the new, in with the old, can imitate but never duplicate that foundational style,” sings the band as they make a clear call for a return to a more authentic time in which the airwaves were ripe with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Desmond Dekker. Fans of The Toasters, The Aggrolites, The Slackers, and The Specials stand to make a strong connection with Lovehaus’ underlying vintage feel.  Simply put, Danny Rebel & The KGB put forth an old school sound in shiny new packaging.  But it’s less about what the band emulate, and more that they model a firm commitment and genuine respect for the spirit of the age-old sound they keep alive.  Hats off to Danny Rebel & The KGB for a fine summer soundtrack.

The Creepshow Announce New LP

The CreepshowCanadian psychobilly punks The Creepshow have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Death At My Door and is se too drop on September 15, 2017 via Stomp Records (CAN) and Concrete Jungle Records (EU).  The Album follows 2013’s Life After The Death.

Track listing is below.

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Tours: The Real McKenzies (Europe)

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies will be heading out for a European tour this Summer.  The band continues to support their new album, Two Devils Will Talk, which dropped back in March via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Tour dates are below.

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Video: The Isotopes – D.O.A.

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes have premiered a new music video for the song “D.O.A.”  The track appears on their latest LP, 1994 World Series Champions, which dropped on April 17, 2017 via Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

Watch a video for the song below courtesy PunkNews.

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The Isotopes Announce UK Tour With CJ Ramone

Isotopes CJ Ramone tour 17Canadian baseball punks, the Isotopes will be heading to the UK later this year in support of their short, sharp new album, 1994 World Series Champions, which is now available via Destiny Records (EU) and Stomp Records (CA/US). The Isotopes have pioneered the baseball punk movement and cultivated a faithful legion of baseball punks worldwide with their gritty, no bargain brand of juice injected buzzsaw pop punk and will be touring with the legendary CJ Ramone.
 
The Punk Site review of 1994 World Series Champions can be read here
 
The Isotopes tour dates with CJ Ramone can be viewed below

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Raygun Cowboys

Raygun Cowboys

The Cowboy Code

Stomp Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When I think of Calgary, Alberta’s Raygun Cowboys, the first image that pops to mind is a larger than life, ten gallon hat sporting beef baron ready to sink his teeth into mouth watering Alberta-raised Angus steak.  In other words, it’s an image of a gut-bursting, Canadian cattle-ranch iteration of a late-career Elvis Presley.  While a curious imagery for sure, such a description is intended as an unlikely compliment to the country-infused, brass-based take on genre-bending psychobilly that is Raygun Cowboys.  

Their fourth full length, The Cowboy Code, combines a deep and confident country drawl with equal parts thumping upright bass and full horn section.  Vocalist Jon Christopherson’s deep, commanding baritone leads the charge amidst a backdrop of speedy, punked-up tempos.  Opener “It’s Coming Down” is a particularly rambunctious aural assault, with plenty of thumping and bumping that combines a smattering of influences from The Long Tall Texans to The Creepshow.  The guitar is quick landing, and various instrumental solos are forceful and snappy.  The track serves as a welcome initial shot of adrenaline, even if the general atmosphere cools off quickly thereafter.  

Subsequent tunes thump away at varying tempos as inspired by different genres.  Those like “Don’t Want You Anymore” and “One More Time” fuel their tank with anthemic “woah-oh-oah” driven choruses, while dusty saloon stompers like “Storm’s a Brewin” feed off heavy 50’s rockabilly rhythms.  And of course, all this happens under the support of the full brass section, with a particular shout-out to the strategically and skillfully inserted saxophone solos that just add that personalized, unmistakable Raygun Cowboys touch.  Perhaps one of the most unique applications of the brass section has to be the 80’s movie-inspired tune “Robocop.”  Those familiar with the iconic blockbuster will instantly succumb to nostalgia as the rolling bass and front and centre horn blasts emulate the memorable movie theme.  With their own twist of humourous commentary and movie sound-clips, Raygun Cowboys make an unconventional inspiration an undeniable album highlight.

Raygun Cowboys are a rare breed even within the narrow confines of their niche.  As The Cowboy Code demonstrates, Raygun Cowboys’ rich combination of brass meets psychobilly remains a unique Canadian prairie export well worth the cost of import.  The band’s last big refinement took place with 2015’s Heads Are Gonna Roll, and while the latest offering only offers minor tweaks to the now well established formula, The Cowboy Code is exemplary of a band that are clearly masters of their trade.

Isotopes 1994 WSC

Isotopes

1994 World Series Champions

Destiny Records / Stomp Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Isotopes are more of a loose collective rather than a band, since their inception over forty members have come and gone through the ranks, including members of some of Canada’s finest such as The Real McKenzies, Exploding Fuck Dolls, Vibrators, DOA, Nervous Talk and Dee Cracks. The Isotopes have now released their sophomore album, 1994 World Series Champions, today, the 14th April 2017, via Destiny Records in Europe and Stomp Records in North America, their latest full length follows on from their impressive debut, 2015’s Nuclear Strikezone

I’ll put my cards on the table before I get started, my knowledge of baseball is all gained from one episode The Simpsons, so to say the baseball references in this album are lost on me would be an understatement, but it does at least mean that I know the origin of the band’s name. Fortunately I do know an album of charged full tilt punk rock when I hear it, and that’s exactly what this is, from the opening short sharp shock of What We Do Ain’t Secret through to the superb closing track, Sandlot Party, this is ten tracks of Ramones influenced punk rock played exactly as it oughta be.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket, The Methadones and Masked Intruder, as well as the aforementioned Ramones, then this is an album that you will need in your life, unlike many sports albums or songs that are affiliated to one team this is more an album of punk rock that happens to have a baseball theme running through it. Whether you love baseball is incidental as this is ten tracks, that are delivered in around twenty minutes, of kick ass punk rock. Whilst reworking the Ramones trademark sound isn’t a new concept, if you’re going to do something you might as well do it well, and this is an album that is perfectly pitched, I knew I’d manage to get a baseball reference in there somewhere.

The Isotopes webstore can be found here and the Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club can be found on Facebook here

Isotopes Release ‘1994 World Series Champions’ Album

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes have released their short, sharp new album, 1994 World Series Champions, the Canadian baseball-punks new full length is released via Destiny Records in Europe and Stomp Records in North America. 1994 World Series Champions is ten crushing baseball punk anthems that showcase the Isotopes’ vast baseball acumen and sharp clubhouse wit.

1994 World Series Champions can streamed via Spotify here

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The Isotopes Stream New LP In Full

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes are streaming have launched a full stream of their upcoming album, 1994 World Series Champions, which is set to drop on April 17, 2017 via Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

Listen to the disc here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Tours: Brutal Youth (Europe)

Brutal YouthToronto hardcore punk act Brutal Youth has announced that they will be hopping the pond for a tour of Europe this April.  The band released their latest full length, Sanguine, back in 2016 via Stomp Records

Tour dates are below.

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Lost Love – Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even

Stomp RecordsLost Love have just released their video for their single “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even.”

The track comes from their sophomore album Comfortable Scars that was released last year throughStomp Records.

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The Real McKenzies

Two Devils Will Talk

STOMP Records (CAN) / Fat Wreck Chords (US)
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What can I say about The Real McKenzies that hasn’t been said before?  The roughneck Vancouver-based crew of Celtic misfits have been an undeniable force in the global punk scene since the early 90’s and continue to build on their legacy with each passing album and release.  Their latest full length, Two Devils Will Talk, continues the brash bagpipe-meets-punk-rock formula that the band remains best known for.

Paul McKenzie’s unmistakable vocal presence sounds as weathered and energetic as ever, enhanced by a rasp bestowed by a lengthy career and the passage of time.  “We’ll march and we’ll never falter, side by side we’ll sing our song, let’s have a cheer for our fallen brethren, through us they will never die,” belts the band in a whiskey-drenched choral cry, reflecting The Real McKenzies’ stubborn, undying drive.  “Due West” launches into a quick-landing tempo that persists through the lion’s share of Two Devils Will Talk’s.  Make no mistake, Two Devils Will Talk is a quick and rambunctious beast, seldom pausing to catch its breath.  “Weyburn” and “One Day” further join in on the excitement, hammering through chorus and verse with a quick-paced melodic drive that is every bit as singable as it is sonically agile.  Later offerings like “Pedal,” “The Town” and “The Comeback” follow suit, with the latter trumpeting some seriously speedy riffs embodying the track’s message of resistance and longevity.  In terms of outright style, the disc feels markedly more Flatfoot 56 than Flogging Molly.  In other words, this time around, there is an undeniable punk-rock presence leading at the helm.

It isn’t until the hearty, wayward tune “Seafarers” that the boys embark on a mid-tempo adventure onto the high seas.  A classic Real McKenzies excursion chronicling a crew narrowly defying disaster.   Likewise, the nostalgic Stan Rogers Canadian acepella classic “Northwest Passage” marks a rare and powerful vocal-exclusive moment reminiscent of The Dreadnoughts, before transforming the colonial tale of “discovery” into a full-on punk tune.  It’s a great rendition of the song, even if the track’s romanticized view of colonial history has long since been challenged by historical scholarship.

As always, The Real McKenzies deliver a prime example of the fun to be had in the raucous world of Celtic punk.  Two Devils Will Talk reinforces that the sands of time have done little to dull The Real Mckenzies sharp edge.  While the album doesn’t necessarily differentiate itself from the band’s discography, Two Devils Will Talk is a case where more of the same is more than welcome when the product is so well founded.  Another worthwhile and entertaining offering by one of Celtic punk’s finest.

Isotopes – Legend Of George Brett

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes are streaming a new song from their upcoming album, 1994 World Series Champions, which is set to drop on April 17, 2017 via Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

Watch a video for the song “Legend Of George Brett” below.

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Sammy Kay – Wanderlust

Sammy KaySammy Kay has announced plans for his next album.  The disc will be titled Untitled and is set to drop on April 7, 2017 via Stomp Records.  Sammy Kay last released Forth Street Singers back in 2015.

Listen to “Wanderlust” and make pre-orders here.

The Penske File Performs Session For The Rock Room

Penske FileBurlington, Ontario folk-punk trio The Penske File recently played played a song for a session at The Rock Room.  The session features the song “Party Time Liars” from their latest full length, Burn into the Earth, which is available now via Stomp Records.

Watch the video below.

The Real McKenzies Streaming New Album In Full

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies have premiered a full stream of their new album, Two Devils Will Talk, which is set for release on March 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Listen to the disc here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

The Isotopes Announce New LP ‘1994 World Series Champions’

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes are back and about to step up to bat in fine form with their new album, 1994 World Series Champions, the album contains ten crushing baseball punk anthems that showcase the Isotopes vast baseball acumen and sharp clubhouse wit. The new album sees the Isotopes link up with Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

The Isotopes website can be found here

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Sammy Kay Announced New LP

Sammy KaySammy Kay has announced plans for his next album.  The disc will be titled Untitled and is set to drop on April 7, 2017 via Stomp Records.

Sammy Kay last released Forth Street Singers back in 2015.

Tours: The Isotopes

The IsotopesVancouver pop-punk baseball club The Isoptopes will be hitting the road in Canada and Europe as support for The Real McKenzies.  The band continues to support their recent 2015 full length, Nuclear Strikezone, out now on Stomp Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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The Real McKenzies – Due West

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies have premiered a new song from their next full length.  The track is titled “Due West” and the disc will be titled Two Devils Will Talk, which is set for release on March 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Listen to the song below.

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Duotang

The New Occupation

Stomp Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Winnipeg mod-rock, post-punk act Duotang won’t likely be a household name for that have entered the Canadian punk scene over the past ten years.  The Manitoban duo boasted a healthy following in the college rock scene right up to their 2002 hiatus.  A fifteen year hiatus can take a toll on a band’s reputation, and as someone who missed out on them the first time through, I haven’t stumbled across many reviewers citing Duotang in recent years.  That being said, when the band reunited twelve years later, the swaths of sold out shows clearly sparked an interest in their dormant fanbase.

Fast forward a couple of years and Duotang return to the studio to record their first new album in over fifteen years.  The result, The New Occupation, maintains the spirit of Duotang’s legacy, but brings their somewhat dated, turn of the century college mod-rock sound firmly into the present.  Curiously, the band acknowledges their new reality in opener “Nostalgia’s A Vice” in a direct reference to nothing being the same since 2001 – the year they released their final album before taking a break.  “You’ve got to move on, explore the options, and embrace, something new,” sings the band in nasally vocal style brings to mind labelmate Jesse LeBourdais.  The message of moving out of nostalgia’s shadow seems to be directed at themselves, serving as a fitting precursor to an album that lives in the present rather than rekindling a past flame.

The most immediately noticeable example of Duotang’s contemporary approach runs through The New Occupation as an overall richness of sound.  For a two person act, the band adds additional layers of instrumentation and production that simply wouldn’t have happened back in the college circuit in the late 90’s.  Just listen to the bursting horns bolstering the chorus melody of the title track, and the intermittent but invigorating organ blasts livening up “Karma Needs To Come Around.”  Both harmonize naturally alongside the thick bass grooves that Duotang executes so well.  The album also benefits from quite an array of tempo shifts, from the quick buoyant energy pulsing through “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” to the thoughtful, reserved pacing of “The Happening” and “Quite Content In The Rut.”  Simply put, Duotang exhibit an admirable depth of personality and songwriting.

Overall, Duotang offer a convincing argument for their reunion and return to the studio.  The New Occupation offers more than a mere flashback or nostalgia trip – it makes Duotang relevant again.  The only significant criticism speaks to the style itself.  If you’re not into the mod-rock scene, The New Occupation won’t likely change your view.  But even so, the band draws upon enough elements of post-punk and pop-rock to land some darn catchy choruses that may bridge that divide.  Easily worth checking out for newcomers and a no brainer for returning fans.