Drunken Sailor (2017)
As soon as I heard about this new band comprised of Jordy (Creeps, Crusades), Eric (Feral Trash) and Steve (Steve Adamyk Band), there wouldn't be a way you could have stopped me from buying it. With a pedigree like that, you can easily set yourself up for disappointment by expecting too much. Luckily, Cheap Whine delivers and then some.
You hear the term power pop thrown around a lot. Often times it ends up being used on bands who are snotty garage bands missing the pop or bands that are severely laking in the power category. Cheap Whine suffers none of this. They songs are all blistering with the sort of energy that I go crazy for, but they never sacrifice the hooks or the wonderful poppy choruses. In a lot of ways, they remind me of The Marked Men, but with cleaner vocals.
Just pop on any one of the album's myriad of hits. Try out the full blown downstroke madness of "Fall" or "Kasumi." Or the slightly more melodic, but equally powerful "A Little Change" or "Best Times." The entire album is just a blast from start to finish. Cheap Whine doesn't really sound like and of the members other bands, but they have a close enough vibe and are drawing from similar influences that it would seem like madness to like Steve Adamyk Band but not Cheap Whine. Put simply; it's a hell of a record.
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