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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Bumpin Uglies

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Once you get past the name, you will probably enjoy this album. There was a description that said you might like this band if you like Slightly Stoopid, Sublime and Pepper. It’s a pretty accurate description. At first, I thought that they sounded more like Sublime with Rome than the original Sublime.

Their Twitter profile says that they are “Lyrically driven Ska/Punk/Reggae from the east coast.” Ska/Punk/Reggae are some of my favorite things in life.

Apparently, my cat Manny Pacquimeow agrees. He’s been trying for a few minutes to find the band. If you would also like to find the band, here on some tour dates.

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Things that I liked about the album:

  1. The lead singers voice.
  2. The band has a lot of energy. I like bands with horn sections. It’s not for everyone I guess.
  3. They have a sense of humor and potty mouths. Manny and I will have to listen to it when the kids go to school.

My favorite songs on the album are Optimism in F and All in Stride. Manny liked Bud Tender.

 

P.S. You’ll never stop giggling at the name.

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The Funny Beaver. I can’t make this stuff up.

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Next to None: Heavy Metal Prodigies

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The kids in Next to None are young enough to still be considered prodigies. The band members are about 15 or 16 years old, which I’m sure makes people feel old.

All of that being said, they are really remarkable. They write their own music too, which is becoming rarer these days.

Their sound is a little progressive, a little hard rock, a little heavy metal. It’s all good. It’s better than good really. I am totally blown away by how mature their sound is. Hopefully, their voices maintain a similar quality after puberty is over.

Next to None will have their first album, “A Light in the Dark,” out any day now.

Next To None includes Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals.

P.S. Remind me to hide my daughter when they come to town. I know, I know, I should take her to the show.

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Johnny Wore Black: Album Review

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When I saw the album cover for “Walking Underwater” by Johnny Wore Black, I thought I would really enjoy this album. I was wrong.  Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the music as much as the cover. Seriously, I would frame the photograph and hang it on the wall next to Manu Bennett.

It’s not that the music is terrible. The musicians are good. The lyrics are fine. On the other hand, most of the songs sound the same.

The things is that the singers voice got on my nerves. His voice seemed to fall flat. I was expecting someone that sounded slick, like Robert Palmer. I was hoping for a voice that was a little bit gritty. You know, a voice with substance, like Robert Plant. Johnny Wore Black sounds a little bit like the Pet Shop Boys.  I didn’t like the Pet Shop Boys either.

I’ve included several links. Check them out. Let me know what you think of the music.

http://www.johnnyworeblack.com/

http://instagram.com/johnnyworeblack/