Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Harmonica Lewinskies - Dad Rock

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The Harmonica Lewinskies have a very silly name. Their new LP is titled 'Dad Rock', it is their second full-length release. I have been told they put on a good live show by reputable sources, and in fact, according to their press release, they are known by many as the “ultimate party band”. Their Bandcamp informs one that: “The Harmonica Lewinskies are the type of band you'd bring home to your momma and in two months time, your momma would be dating them”. Seems kind of gross since there are eight of them...

The first track on the record is called 'Put Your Mouth On Me' and is a sort of big band/blues jam. There's not a lot of pretension here... I suppose a bunch of guys playing upbeat music about blowjobs is a breath of fresh air in the Brooklyn rock scene at this point. There are a lot classic rock influences on this record (Stones, Dead, Springsteen) hence 'Dad Rock'. There is a cover of 'Land of a Thousand Dances' by Chris Kenner, you know, the one that goes, “naaaa, na, na, na, naaaaa, na, na, na, naaaaa, na, na, naaaaa...” etc.

They describe themselves as a “potent blend of rock, funk, and big band blues.” There is something sort of honky-tonk bar band about them. They wear ties and suspenders; it's their thing. The songs are not incredibly original, but they really know their sound, and it's a solid rock n' roll record and I'll bet all those instruments sound great live.

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