The Beatdowns

This might be the first time I've ever seen a self-released CD with a
bar-code on the back.  This leaves me baffled as I play the CD, which
consists of 8 straight tracks of rock 'em, sock 'em, no holds barred ska.
I would hate to see what would happen if these guys ever got Reel Big Fish
into a dark alley.  The opening track, "Two Souls," has an extremely catchy
horn line that will stay in your head hours after hearing it, but the song
drags on over 4 minutes, making you want to hit the "Next" button on your
CD player.  Fortunately, this is the only occurance on the CD that makes
you cringe.  Each song is massively underproduced, with way too much bass
and drums, and not enough horns.  This adds to the gritty, realistic sound
the band possesses.  Other standouts are the infectious "Devil's Ride" and
the energetic closing song, "Ear to the Track."  After seeing this band
live, you walk away thinking to yourself "MAN, does that lead singer know
how to sing," and, it's possible you may be thinking, "DAMN, those horn
players know how to dance."  Check it.
...scott heisel...

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