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The Puritans
Marquee Themes (Shoutin' Abner Pim Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Mixing rock-a-billy and swing, with a strong punk foundation, The Puritans are a sweaty rock n' roll quartet that doesn't know the meaning of letting up. Just when they think you've had enough, they turn up the amps and produce an even louder, sweater number that will drop you quicker than you can say "help!" Score one for Canada, because they've finally got a rock n' roll group worthy of the rock n' roll moniker.

Jumping and dancing through fifteen tracks (eight new offerings and the PATENTED BLOODY ROW EP), The Puritans have no problem getting you to move. With each style they derive from (rock-a-billy, punk, and swing) having its own dance, the outcome is simple...let loose and let your body react to the music any way it wants too.

The music is fast, guitar heavy punk music that successfully incorporates the bouncy, danceable feel of rock-a-billy with slick, classy slips of swing mixed in. The drums, which are always the backbone of the music, never let up while laying things on hot and heavy. And don't forget the bass, which makes an impact on the music from start to finish, making sure everything fits together perfectly, while adding the extra brick to make the foundation that much more stable. Together there is no stopping them.

A nice little disc, the music sometimes gets a bit repetitive, but the energy level is always soaring, so you probably won't even notice. The loud, rambunctious-ness of the tunes will carry you away and allow you to have fun, which, I believe, is the real ideal of rock n' roll? I'll give this disc a B.

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