Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Outcasts

The Outcasts

From the depths or Ireland comes a band called The Outcast. 

From Left to Right Greg Cowan (vocals/bass), Raymond Falls (drums),  
Colin Getwood (guitar), Martin Cowan (guitar)

Their earlier music is more punk and raw, and as time went on, there is a definite improvement in musicianship but to me the lost that raw guitar edge. For me their best work would be "Frustration", but still fall short of music of that era. 


There is a slight promise of raw energetic post punk angst that just doesn't hit it's mark. I do love the raw guitars on "Just Another Teenage Rebel", but vocally does nothing to enhance the song.


Would I have listened to this if I knew about it? 

What reminds me overall of The Ramones, meets Generation X, meets The Dead Kennedys without the polish of ANY of those bands, my verdict is No. 
2 out of 5 for me.

Screamin' Sneakers

As you will find out eventually, I'm a sucker for female fronted music. So whenever I find some female fronted missed music I can't wait to give it a listen.  Fronted by Lisa Hall this power punk band had some nice production from the demo I listened to. Her vocals are very depicted of that 80s punk/new wave sound and remind me of a Josie Cotten/Clare Grogan mixture. The music itself is solid and nicely written.
From Left to Right [Lisa Hall (vocals), Randy Blitz (drums), 
Bud Gangemi (bass), Eddie Gregg (guitar), Gary Sunshine (guitar)

Lisa Hall and Bud Gangemi

Here is the demo I listened to

 Would I have listened to this if I knew about it? 

Having listened to this for about 3 or 4 times through...The verdict... 
Absolutely Yes!  5 out of 5 for me.