Monday, July 29, 2013

Album Review: Marching Band

Title:  Marching Band (Jump Start Records, BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)

Plow United’s first album in nearly 15 years is a blast of melodic punk rock anthems with rousing choruses, gruff vocals, and personal and honest lyrics.  The band formed in 1992 but sadly Marching Band was my first exposure to this excellent band.  This record sounds exactly like something that was born out of the punk scene of the early to mid 1990s.  Like many of their contemporaries (see Hot Water Music, Down By Law, The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four), Plow United mixes elements from the various sub-genres of punk rock creating a sound that should easily appeal to fans of pop punk, oi, post hardcore, emo, and melodic hardcore (in other words these guys helped lay the foundation for what has become known as Midwestern punk).  From top to bottom, Marching Band is an extremely solid and thoroughly enjoyable record that fans of any of the aforementioned bands, or great punk rock in general, should check out.  Hopefully this time Plow United sticks around and gives us some more records because this stuff is great and I can’t wait to hear more!

Plow United - "Human 2000" from BVBBG on Vimeo.

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