I don't usually do any new reviews on a holiday, but I'm making an exception today. I will however be taking a website vacation for the rest of the week. I'll be back writing again on Monday September 8th. However, I couldn't take my break without writing about the new Steve Adamyk Band record first.
If you asked me who are my favorite newer bands of the last 10 years, I will immediately answer Mrs. Magician and Steve Adamyk Band. These 2 groups have been releasing some of the best music I've heard and even though I wouldn't necessarily call them similar, they both have mastered the art of crafting perfect records.
Steve Adamyk Band is pretty much the best popped out punk rock band going. They have the catchiest choruses and the most contagious energy of just about anyone. I'll take the Pepsi challenge and put them up against any band playing catchy punk rock. No one can hold a candle to these guys. Steve & co. are just the best at it.
Their new album Dial Tone is more of the same greatness I've come to expect. When you have such high expectations for a band, it's easy to wind up being disappointed when you finally hear their new record, but the Steve Adamyk Band hasn't let me down yet. Even though I find some of the levels on Matt Melton's production a little uneven on a couple of tracks; the songs here are just so god damn amazing it really doesn't matter how they were recorded.
From the blazing high speed anergy of "Crash Course in Therapy" or "MRI" to the more mid tempo, crammed full of hooks "You're The Antidote" (my favorite song on the album) or "Mirror Ball" it's just smash hit after smash hit. Somehow, the Steve Adamyk Band is able to release a new album and a handful of singles pretty much every year, yet they still manage to put out just about nothing but amazing songs. I honestly don't know how they do it. I'd be hard pressed to think of a band that's so prolific, but so incredibly consistent in the super high quality of their songs.
I've long had a huge soft spot for Canadian punk rock and Steve Adamyk Band is just another reason why I tend to say they make the best rock in the world up there. Dial Tone is absolutely one of the very best records that has come out this year. No record collection is complete without everything they've put out. And if you're like me, that means more than one copy of quite a few of their records...
Steve Adamyk Band - Dial Tone: