Monday, February 13, 2012

Album Review: Chasing the Ghost

Title:  Chasing the Ghost (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)

The Ducky Boys return after a six year hiatus with the excellent Chasing the Ghost.  The record is 17 tracks of honest and heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll that often deal with issues of love and loss.  Themes of society and politics are present as well, but they are shrouded in the guise of catchy rock songs, thus planting their message in subtle ways instead of beating you over the head with the point they are trying to make.  Despite the long time between records, Chasing the Ghost is the perfect record to follow 2006’s The War Back Home and 2004’s brilliant Three Chords and the Truth

The Ducky Boys is one of those bands, a lot like the Hudson Falcons, that has been shouldered with the oi/street punk label.  And like with the Falcons, that label may have worked for their early material, it is no longer an accurate way to describe The Ducky Boys’ straight up rock ‘n’ roll music.  If you look at the band’s Last.fm profile you will see “similar artists” like Pressure Point and Pistol Grip.  Yes, The Ducky Boys started around the same time and through the same mid-to-late ‘90s street punk scene that those two bands, the Dropkick Murphys, and the aforementioned Hudson Falcons also first made their names.  But like the Falcons and the Murphys, The Ducky Boys have grown from their humble oi-influenced beginnings, so much so that the street punk label no longer has any meaning for the band.  Now where the Dropkick Murphys have gone completely Celtic punk, The Ducky Boys and the Hudson Falcons have turned into forthright rock ‘n’ roll bands that have more in common with the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Armchair Martian, John Moreland, The Loved Ones, Bruce Springsteen, and The Replacements than Pistol Grip, Pressure Point, Street Dogs, or Stiff Little Fingers.   

One thing for sure, The Ducky Boys have produced what is sure to be one of 2012’s best albums.  Chasing the Ghost is an extremely solid record from the opening burst of “New Chapter” to the closing notes of “There’s Always Another Way” and a must for fans of great rock ‘n’ roll music.  If you’ve never heard The Ducky Boys, then Chasing the Ghost is a great place to start.  And if you are already a fan of the band, especially if you liked Three Chords and the Truth or bassist/vocalist Mark Lind’s other project Mark Lind & the Unloved, then you certainly need to pick up a copy of Chasing the Ghost.  

Here's a little taste of what you'll find in the record -- 

2 comments:

Douglas said...

Thanks very much, Dave - glad you're digging the record!

- Douglas/Ducky Boys

Anonymous said...

Just saw them live in philly and they were amazing. Played plenty of old tunes as well as a nice mix of stuff of the new cd and ep and the crowd loved it all. They truly are a brilliant rock band and shouldn't be pigeon holed into the street punk class anymore.