The Boroughs

The Boroughs

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Shortsighted critics compare this Queens' speedy punk trio to the Ramones (not that old canard again!), but that's trés superficial. If you want a closer reference, try this: Ash. Leader Ryan Dwork even sounds/sings like Tim Wheeler, and wonderfully, his guitars seem to blast off like those of Ash, as 16th-note-rolls-loving drummer Grady Feldgus and bassist Justin Garrell lay down strenuous, fluid rock ‘n' roll rhythms for hyper-catchy songs. Of course, these boys' influences are much broader: "Good Times" quotes the closer-to-home 1979 Talking Heads' "Life During Wartime" over a melody like post-Raw Power Stooges obscuro "Head On," while "Another Sad Song" makes excellent use of a light ska beat. Springy energy, sharp playing, strapping energy, pre-hardcore backbeat, and a spirit that defies nostalgia.

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