Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Night Marchers

Ok, I'm not going to pretend that I'm some kind of arbiter of taste, here, or that I'm even up to the challenge of being a music "critic", but if you value my opinion at all- go out and listen to this Album, "Allez, Allez" by the Night Marchers.
For the uninitiated, The Night Marchers are John Reis' culmination. As in, maybe you liked Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, or Rocket From the Crypt- but if you want to know where he was going in each, your answer is The Night Marchers. This is 100% pure, uncut Rocknroll. If you like bands like The White Stripes, The Hives, The Bronx, Japandroids , or Ty Segall, wait until you get a load of this. Punk Rock? Yes. Blues rock? Yes. Garage Rock? Yes. High Octane, Supercharged, Blown Out Power Rock? HELL YEAH!
Now, I know there will be detractors. Do the politics lean a little to the Libertarian? are there sweet and tender melodies in the blisters on the guitar's fretboard? do they eschew the "hardness uber alles" of modern Hardcore and Metal?  Yes, yes, and yes. But, if any of that is a hang up for you, you might not be fully suited for the space flight I intend to take. You might prefer the new Hatebreed record, or the oldest Amboy Dukes record you can find. That's fine, and you can dig your own hole on that. However, if you think, like me, that The Wipers, Radio Birdman, Flamin Groovies, Johnny Thunders, You Am I, and, yes, Rocket From The Crypt played just as bullet hard,  billet proofed rocknroll when they wanted to sound sweet for the girls as when they wanted to soundtrack the boys rumbling in the parking lot, then strap in, and check your instruments for take off.
Wiping away the metaphoric detritus, what I'm saying is that if you, even now in 2013, like hard and loud rock and roll, you will find no finer example than the Night Marchers. If that's something you're inclined to like, and I hope that you do, because it's better for you if you do, then, you need to secure this post freaking haste. Allez, Allez!

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