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CD REVIEW: Wiseguys N Scallywags - Self Titled
By Cyrus Rhodes - 08/09/2013 - 12:29 PM EDT

Artist: Wiseguys N Scallywags
Album: Wiseguys N Scallywags
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://wiseguysandscallywags.com/
Genre: Punk-Rock
Sounds Like: Cult, Social Distortion, Rancid, Suicidal Tendencies, LinkinPark
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Encendador, Bubblegum Jazz, What it’s like to Die
Weakness: Winded Songs, Awkward Tom Drum Tonality (How I Roll)
CD Review:

Wiseguys N Scallywags is a 4 piece Punk back from West BendWisconsin. Members include: Rob Greuel - Vocals / Rhthym Guitar, Zac - Lead Guitar / Backup Vocals, Greg Kirkpatrick - Bass Guitar, Ryan Slane – Drums. Citing from their bio: The result of a shifting in the fabric of time and space as we know it. A local act that defies the laws of the modern musical mundane. Punk meets the paranormal, metal meets the mystics, and rock meets revolutionary! Ryan Slane's drums of steel! Greg the Listmaster"s Low end of Love! Buster Heiman's MindBusting Riffs! And Whiskey Dick Robinson's songs of Adventure.

The CD explodes with “Abomination” a hard rocking intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm, slamming rhythm guitar against heartfelt vocals from Greuel. I love the way Greuel screams. Track 2 “How I Roll” an impressive yet melodic follow up piece that whips you around like a wild tornado with more of the same punk-rock intensity and dynamic musical flow with no holds barred lyrical content. Track 3 “Better Off Undead” keeps things rocking with its melodic guitar intro, methodical musical build and heartfelt vocals. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from The Cult, Social Distortion, Rancid to old school Suicidal Tendencies. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven punk CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals from Greuel are gritty and are deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh-pit madness but there are also touches of Classic Jam band and old school Punk Rock. Greuel’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. Vocally at times he dishes out the Chester Bennington (LinkinPark) vocal intensity. The rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its rock solid intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From progressive “Common Misconceptions” to rocking “Fourteen” “Terror” and Encendador” to emotional and heartfelt “What it’s Like to Die”  to grooving “Bugglegum Jazz” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 “The Funkness Monster va the “Fuank-a-sauraus-rex” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The toms sound really awkward on track 2, sounds like the drums were not mic’d right – not sure. But they stick out like a sore thumb.

This latest CD release from Wiseguys N Scallywags is a solid and consistent musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Wisconsin.




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