Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Album Review: 'Peace of Mind' by Hudson Falcons

Title: Peace of Mind (BandCamp [East Grand Record Co.], Amazon, iTunes, Google Play)
Artist: Hudson Falcons (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, ReverbNation,

The Hudson Falcons' sixth full-length album Peace of Mind is a brilliant blast of some of purest and most heartfelt rock 'n' roll that you will ever hear. With songs that tackle topics such as heartache, perseverance, the struggle of the working class, love, salvation, and the hope that betters days are still ahead, one can't help but identify with the record's strife and feel the burn of its optimism. Sonicly the Falcons have finally solidified their musical voice. When the band started in the mid to late 1990s, they played a blend of oi/77 style punk with traditional rock 'n' roll (imagine a mixture of Stiff Little Fingers, Chuck Berry, and Bruce Springsteen). That sound was perfectly manifested in the band's full-length debut Desperation & Revolution. At the time, a number of bands were making waves with similarly oi influenced sounds that were part of what best can be described as the street punk explosion of the late '90s. The band's follow-up was the decidedly un-street punk For Those Whose Hearts and Souls Are True, a record that was manic in its energy and pulled influence more from the garage rock of bands like The Devil Dogs and Electric Frankenstein. With their third album La Famiglia the band's sound took a distinct turn towards the rock of acts like The Rolling Stones. Almost entirely gone was the oi influence of their early work, but the change resulted in the Falcons' best collection of songs to that point. The two following records, Desire to Burn and Dancing Underneath the Moonlight found the band cultivating their sound with nobs to the past, a bit of experimentation, and both feet planted firmly on their path. In a way, Peace of Mind is the culmination of this musical journey. This is a record that is defiant in its confidence, boldly proclaiming what it is and what it isn't in the opening chords of the Thin Lizzy-esque “Live Right Now” and that is just the opening track. The record moves through emotions and tempos with staggering ease that can only be accomplished through experience and dauntless passion. From start to finish, Peace of Mind is a powerful and unyielding record that should forever redefine how people see and think of the Hudson Falcons. Fans of The Hold Steady, Dave Hause, The Gaslight Anthem, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and Thin Lizzy should do themselves a favor and buy this record right now.    

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