Thursday, September 13, 2012

Album Review: Glory

Title:  Glory (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Stolen Bikes (Facebook, MySpace, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Stolen Bikes plays gritty punk rock that straddles the line between '77 style and pop punk.  Glory is a record filed with hooks and sing-a-long choruses.  '77 style punk is something that you don't hear as much these days from younger bands (at least bands in America; there seems to be quite a few overseas) which can be a good or bad thing.  With this style of punk rock it is very easy for a band to fall flat with uninspired songs and bad lyrics.  Luckily Stolen Bikes doesn't fall into this category.  From start to finish, Glory is a solid street punk / '77 style record played with a lot of energy and driven by some excellent guitar hooks and riffs.  What I really like though about Stolen Bikes' music is that there is more going on here than your standard Blanks 77 meets The Business meets Rancid songs; there are distinct hints of groups like Lagwagon and Dillinger Four.  In other words, this band has taken influence from two of punk rock's catchiest sub-genres and melded them together beautifully.  This is certainly a band to watch. 

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