Wednesday, June 20, 2012

EP Review: Chemicals

Title:  Chemicals (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  The Ducky Boys (OfficialFacebookMySpaceYouTube, Last.fmPureVolumeiTunesAmazonRhapsodyAllMusic, Wikipedia)

Just a few short months after the release of their fifth full-length album Chasing the Ghost (one of the best record of 2012; read my review here), The Ducky Boys have returned with the four-song EP Chemicals.  Two of the songs are sung by long-time lead singer/bassist Mark Lind and the other two by guitarist Douglas Sullivan.  The EP opens with the Sullivan sung title track followed by the Lind sung “Down the Line.”  Next is the Sullivan led “Come Closer” and closing out the EP is the Lind led “Pretty Bad Year.”  All four songs are excellent punk rock ‘n’ roll numbers in the great tradition of The Ducky Boys.  The Sullivan led songs bring a new dynamic to the band, making Chemicals in some ways sounds like a turning point for the band. 

The Ducky Boys is one of the best bands not just in punk, but in all of rock ‘n’ roll.  Their last three albums (Three Chords and the Truth, The War Back Home, and Chasing the Ghost) are all classics and Chemicals is just as good.  For me, The Ducky Boys is one of those bands that I religiously follow.  I try to get my hands on everything that they put out (including side projects) and while I don’t have their complete catalog yet, I’m getting close.  What’s a shame is that these guys aren’t one of the biggest bands in the world because they certainly are one of the best. 

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