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Free Song Download: Bryan McPherson’s “Kelly Thomas”

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:52 PM (PST)

Folk/punk songwriter Bryan McPherson is no stranger to taking on politically-charged subject matter in his music, and he just released a song for Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who was beaten to death by police in Fullerton, California.  The song came out after the officers involved in the altercation were found not guilty for Thomas’ death.

You can listen and download the track for free below.

Bryan McPherson most recently released the album  American Boy/American Girl on State Line Records in 2012.

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New Music: The Warning Shots (Boston punk) – “No Holidays”

Posted by jaystone on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM (PST)

Boston punks The Warning Shots have got a new EP, “Six To Midnight,” hitting the streets just in time for the holidays.

To whet your appetite, the band, which features the ever-prolific Mark Lind (The Ducky Boys, Dirty Water, Sinners & Saints, etc) on what I think is his 14th release of the year, shot a video for the track “No Holidays.” Coincidence? Yeah, probably. Either way, check it out here.

“Six To Midnight” is out now in digital format via State Line Records. Physical copies will be available next month. Click here for ordering info.

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Boston street punks The Ducky Boys recently released their 5th full-length studio album, “Dead End Streets” on State Line Records.  I got to chat with lead singer/bassist Mark Lind about the new album and the ongoing evolution of their sound after 17 years together.

Check out the interview here.

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Boston punk act The Ducky Boys have announced pre-orders for their new album “Dead End Streets” due out June 4th  through their own State Line Records.

To give you a taste of what’s to come you can stream three songs from the release (“You Don’t Wanna Know Me”, “Enough Of My Time” and “The Time We’re Given”) right here.

The Ducky Boys released an EP entitled “Chemicals” back in May, 2012. Their last full-length was “Chasing the Ghost.” Both releases were put out by State Line.

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Interview: “Punk Rock 101″ with Jason Messina of the Ducky Boys

Posted by GinaVenz on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM (PST)

“So are we gonna do this fucking interview or what?!” is not the way I’d normally ask a musician to sit for an interview, but The Ducky Boys‘ Jay Messina isn’t the average interviewee; I am lucky enough to also be able to call him a friend. And so we sat down, had a few bloody marys, and started talking about his 18+ years in the Boston music scene. Here’s what happened.

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The Ducky Boys, seventeen-year vets of the Boston punk scene, are already set to begin recording a new full-length album. The band is set to enter the studio next month and finishing things up in September. While they are planning on releasing the album through their own State Line Records, but in order to get the project off the ground, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, complete with loads of pretty rad pre-order options. Check it out here.

The Ducky Boys released an EP entitled “Chemicals” back in May. Their last full-length was January’s “Chasing the Ghost.” Both releases were put out by State Line.

 

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Ducky Boys, Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One to play Boston booze cruise

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM (PST)

Massachusetts punk vets the Ducky Boys are taking their street-punk act out into the Atlantic Ocean. The band are teaming up with Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One (featuring Lenny of Darkbuster) and Cradle To The Grave and shipping out from Boston on a booze cruise later this summer. If you’re going to be in Boston this August, click here to get the rundown on tickets. It’s punk rock…on a boat!

Ducky Boys’ latest full-length, “Chasing The Ghost,” was released in January via their own State Line Records. They also released an EP, “Chemicals,” last week.

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The Ducky Boys stream new EP “Chemicals”

Posted by Johnny X on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM (PST)

Boston punk act The Ducky Boys released their brand new “Chemicals” EP today and you can stream the entire thing right here.

The band released their last full-length album “Chasing The Ghost” on January 17th via their new label State Line Records.

Next Monday the band will be playing at the House of Blues in Boston with Rancid and Madball. Tickets here.

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The Ducky Boys to release new digital EP

Posted by Stefanie on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM (PST)

Punk rockers The Ducky Boys have been keeping busy lately.  Not only have they been touring to support their first album in six years, but now they are also going to introduce a new digital EP.

Pre-orders are going on right now for the EP, Chemicals.  You can get it right here.  Plus, with your pre-order, you can immediately get the download of “Chemicals”, a song from the equally-titled EP.

The EP will be released on other digital outlets on May 15th.

And if you want to check out the guys on tour, check out their tour dates right here.

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Album Review: Bryan McPherson – “American Boy/American Girl”

Posted by GinaVenz on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM (PST)

Today started out like an epic cliché: grey and rainy, Monday morning, just found out that one of my favorite bands is breaking up, and there I was driving down the highway listening to Bryan McPherson’s new release, “American Boy/American Girl.” Well, this was a first. I actually had to pull my car over on 93 so that I could write down everything I was thinking about this amazing album, before the moment got lost. The raw simplicity and honesty of what I was hearing hit me so suddenly and unexpectedly; it’s something you can’t quite get over once the last song ends. The only other time I can recall having such a visceral reaction to music was when I heard The Horrible Crowes’ 2011 release, Elsie–high praise from the girl who thinks Brian Fallon is our generation’s foremost songwriter.

You can draw all kinds of comparisons between Bryan and gritty acoustic mainstays like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and even Tim Barry or Chuck Ragan. He definitely fits into the “badass with a guitar” genre, but there is something so unique and powerful about this album, I hesitate to box him into any category; this is music without boundaries.

Bryan certainly doesn’t equivocate, doesn’t use metaphors, and you will have no doubt where he stands or what he thinks about modern American life. His beautifully wrought songs take you to the dark places of his own life experiences, but somehow he gently guides you back out again.

If your only exposure to American Boy/American Girl came from hearing “Black Man,” which was released in advance of the album, you, like me, might have thought you’d be bashed over the head with on-the-nose politically-driven lyrics and themes. When you take “Black Man” in the context of the whole album, however, it definitely shines a light on the injustices that Bryan perceives, without sounding preachy. The goal here isn’t to get you to think a certain way, but simply to THINK. In a recent interview with Mutiny on the Microphone, Bryan said that his goal is to leave people with an impression–any impression–after listening to his music, because “so much crap out there leaves no mark.” Mission accomplished. At various moments while listening to this album, I’ve wanted to curl into a ball and rock back and forth; at other moments I wanted to jump up and fight for what we’re losing daily in this country.

The songs vary in arrangement, from the meatier “Long Lost American” with its piano introduction and more “studio” sound, to “Worker’s Song,” which is raw and stripped down to Bryan’s guitar, harmonica, and strident voice. These elements reflect the song’s theme perfectly: as the lyrics state, he’ll “bleed all day to sing a song,” and as a result he becomes a fierce, frustrated spokesman for a generation coming to terms with itself.

It’s nearly impossible to pick favorites on American Boy/American Girl, and you will gain far more from listening to this album all the way through. Over and over and over. But the songs you absolutely MUST hear are the melancholy “Long Lost American,” the slightly more melodic “Lonely Streets,” and a new version of the stunning “Down Down Marie.”

You can (and should) buy Bryan’s album from our friends at State Line Records.

Stream the album here.

Album Review: The Ducky Boys – “Chasing The Ghost”

Posted by jaystone on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:59 AM (PST)

The Ducky Boys “Chasing the Ghost” marks the band’s first full-length release in six years (and their first release on their own State Line Records).

As a thirty-something who grew up in (and still lives in) the Boston suburbs, I feel like I grew up with the Ducky Boys as they were cutting their teeth in a scene that included bands like the Pinkerton Thugs, the Bruisers, Kicked In The Head, Bid D & The Kids Table, Drexel, Blod For Blood, etc.  Their green vinyl split 7-inch with the Mike McColgan-era Dropkicks remains one of the highlights of my personal collection.

Time has treated some of those 1990s Boston punk bands better than others. The Dropkick Murphys have changed their sound (and their lineup) and catapulted in to the mainstream, the McColgan-led Street Dogs have developed a solid fanbase of their own with their tried-and-true street punk recipe.

The Ducky Boys have occupied the next rung down on the ladder in terms of commercial success. They disappeared altogether for some time, but in “Chasing The Ghost,” they’ve now put out three solid street-punk albums of their own in the last decade and seem to have no intentions of giving up the proverbial ghost any time soon.

Social Distortion-esque rock-inspired street punk is what the Ducky Boys do best. “Chasing The Ghost” kicks of with “New Chapter,” an instant callback to those sweaty, mid-90s rec center shows. “Nobody’s Home” follows with a little less street swagger but the same “fuck you and the world” attitude. “Goodbye & Good Luck” and “The Sweetest Girl” are a little more mid-tempo but are tight, well-crafted songs in their own right.

Frontman “Mahk” Lind certainly wears his heart on his sleeve. Much of the material on “Chasing The Ghost” finds Lind looking in the mirror as he weaves his personal triumphs and tragedies in and out of his storytelling. He alternates between offering up his personal, dark experiences, insight on where he finds his own strength (which sounds mostly like his significant other), and attempting to give those who may have once been in his shoes a little hope that things get better in the future. Lind’s lyrics and gravelly, at times shaky voice work better with the material that covers his own dark experiences, but you’ve got to give him credit for trying to branch out and reflect a little positivity.

The main problem with “Chasing The Ghost” is that it feels long. Seventeen songs is a lot, especially when a fair number of them hover at or above the three-minute mark. There aren’t really any songs in particular that weigh down the album, but there is an awful lot of “sameness.” “I Guess I’m Broken” and “Getting Better,” which appear in that order in the first third of the album, are shaped cut from the same mold and lack any real hook or distinct bridge to separate them. “Angel Like You” is sweet in its sentiment, but the chorus gets a little too repetitive, making the song feel longer than it is.

“Medicine” is a bit more of a Johnny Cash-style roadhouse rambler of a song.  Album closer “There’s Always Another Way” is a little too down-tempo, and suffers as a result. A stripped-down acoustic accompaniment would have suited the lyrics better and provided additional depth to the hopeful message.

“Chasing the Ghost” is a good album; it certainly brought back some fun memories to listen to, and its stronger moments rank up their with the finer moments on “Dark Days” or on the debut Sinners & Saints album. A “less is more” approach, however, may have ultimately done volumes toward making “Chasing The Ghost” a truly solid release.

3.25/5 stars

Boston folk rock native turned Californian, Bryan McPherson, has just released a song from his upcoming album, “American Boy / American Girl”.

The song is entitled “Black Man”, and was featured on the Boston-based music podcast Mutiny On The Microphone.

You can listen to the song here. The song is right smack in the middle of a 45 minute podcast, so if you don’t want to listen to some other amazing artists such as Obi Fernandez (Westbound Train), The Explosion, or In Like Lions, you can fast forward to 29:30 to hear “Black Man”. The podcast also features a very rare Mighty Mighty Bosstones song, “Together”.

“American Boy/American Girl” will be released on April 17th through State Line Records. To hear more from the upcoming album, head to State Line Record’s Bandcamp page.

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