McGnarley's Rant

Fisherman's Pride

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AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger

A surprising debut release by this British Columbian sextet, McNarley's Rant is Canada's and North America's answer to Germany's Shanes. Not their mirror image, but this band does a superb job of blending acoustic (and sometimes electric) punk, European gypsy, and various other world music forms into a unique hybrid in a manner strikingly similar to their Deutschland counterpart, who have been blessing fortunate ears with the same. With a lineup featuring the obligatory drums, bass, and guitar, McGnarley's Rant's music is accentuated greatly by fiddle, bouzouki, mando, and Ramsey Reid's gruff lead vocals. Their aggressive folk, acoustic punk, and even jazzy rhythms also recall Hallowed Ground-era Violent Femmes; however, they have a more consistent overall sound than that band. While it might be tempting to single out Sara Hart (fiddle) or Rob Larsen (mando and bouzouki) as driving forces, that might risk diminishing the role of the others who are equally pivotal to this recording. The success of Fisherman's Pride rests in the fact that this is a total group effort. The end product is greater than the sum of its parts.

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