The Milwaukees Tell Us To Get The Vasectomies!

The Milwaukees Tell Us To Get The Vasectomies!

The Milwaukees has bestowed us a gift. The band has recently offered a 7-song EP, titled The Vasectomies, for FREE to anyone willing to sign up to their mailing list. Hardly what I would call a bad deal!

The Vasectomies EP

The seven songs are ones they have deemed a collection of b-sides and near misses from their prior releases. I think most bands would be very pleased to have so many strong songs in their circular file.

If you are not familiar with the Milwaukees, they have been around the block. This is a seasoned group of veterans with five full length releases under their belt spanning the last 17 years. As they have aged, their sound has become more honed and listener-friendly. This is not to say that their songs are weak. They are lean, tight, and well-crafted. While all members shine in their respective roles, Dylan (lead singer) has a voice that will get into your ears. It’s hard to miss his mixture of angst and emotion in his delivery.

The EP starts with the demolishing Rock and Roll Part 3 (Gary Glitter laid claim to parts 1 and 2). Part anthem, part sinister riff rock, this is such a great lead off track. Jeff Nordstedt’s tasty guitar playing really shines.

Tracks 2 and 4, One Night Stand and Record Deal, are solid rockers. One Night Stand has a twinge of Tom Petty in there. The chorus is really catchy and the bridge has a little bit of that great Rocket From the Crypt feel. Record Deal is a cautionary tale on the industry, with another super strong chorus.

Tracks 3 and 5, Won’t Let You Down and Story of Our Love are solid ballads. They are sweet without being saccharin. Dylan’s voice makes these songs work well.

The last tracks, Jersey Style and Wasted Uptown, leave you ready for more. Jersey Style has a killer verse riff that reminds me, believe it or not, of a really good old Kiss song. Then they bring in the chorus. Damn! Another great chorus! Wasted Uptown has some great lyrics, reminiscent of something I would expect to hear from Bruce Springsteen. Love the line “Irish boys….should be polishing the marble under their feet”.

So, if you haven’t heard anything from the Milwaukees, their music is easy enough to find. Google them! All their releases are on Spotify. They’re on Facebook. On their site, Milwaukees.com, you can find the link to sign up on their mailing list and get the Vasectomies EP. Go check them out September, 9th at the Ringside in Caldwell. They put on one hell of a show.

Review: Andalusians Do the Work Indeed

Review: Andalusians Do the Work Indeed

Dear Andalusians, the womyn in rock sometimes try and sound like the musical genius that were Throwing Muses and end up sounding like a Scrawl record on slommo. I’m more of A fan of the Donelly / Hersh contingency and always appreciated the soulful swirly vocals and absent crash cymbals. Liked that there were no solos and chorus’s to be had. The comparison for the new 7″ ep on Dischord by Andalusians is uncanny for the title track “Do the Work”. Lots of quirky guitar melodies backed by a solid rhythm section that compliment the vocals organically. This collection of songs has the House Tornado vibe for sure but also shows me that indie rock lives strong like a ghost know its home. Earthy, warm and all sorts of analog fills this music and picks up right in the sweet spot. I will even dare to say that some real chops are channeled and reworked so it’s all new kids. See them on their tour of America now!

Dig the tune “Do the work” 3 more are available when you buy the record from Dischord

Catch them on Tour right now:
Thursday, Feb 5 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Friday, Feb 6 – Richmond, VA @ Rumors Boutique
Saturday, Feb 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light
Sunday, Feb 8 maybe driving, maybe playing? HELP!
Monday, Feb 9 – St. Augustine, FL @ Nobby’s
Tuesday, Feb 10 – Orlando, FL @ Starlight Cafe
Wednesday, Feb 11 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
Thursday, Feb 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
Friday, Feb 13 – Johnson City, TN @ TheHideAway
Sunday, Feb 15 – Somerset, KY @ watershed gallery
Monday, Feb 16 – Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
Tuesday, Feb 17 – Chicago, IL @ The Ottoman Empire House
Wednesday, Feb 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Thursday, Feb 19 – Kalamazoo, MI @ 4th Coast Cafe
Friday, Feb 20 – Detroit, MI
Saturday,Feb 21 – Wilkinsburg, PA @ Mr. Roboto