Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review - Drunk Nuns - A Parting Shot EP Released March 2014

The Drunk Nuns are a Boston based punk band formed in 2011. Consisting of Joey Barron on lead vocals, Andrew "Uncle D" Dedousis on guitar, Andrew "Andy Mac" MacTaggart on drums, and Frank "Big Cat" Ashe on bass. The Drunk Nuns have a quick, up-tempo punk rock sound derived from a wide range of rock n' roll influences, most notably the Ramones, Green Day, the Replacements, Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses, and the Clash.

For the past two years, they have been gigging throughout the Boston area, playing venues such as Church of Boston, The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, O'Brien's Pub in Allston, The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Bull McCabes in Somerville, Radio in Somerville, The President's Rock Club in Quincy, The Beachcomber in Quincy, as well as Fury's Publick House in Dover, NH and various house parties and basement shows. 

Playing with heavy hitters like The Scandals (NJ), Burning Streets, The Connection (NH), Mark Lind (of the Ducky Boys), The Stray Bullets, and OC45, their high energy stage shows have been growing steadily larger and their audiences significantly rowdier. Their newest EP, A Parting Shot was released March 15, 2014 and is available for free on their bandcamp website. The band is currently recording their second full-length album and anticipate touring in the near future.

Now for the review of the EP:

After seeing quite a bit of social media hub-bub regarding the release of this EP an checking out the band I headed over to their bandcamp page for A Parting Shot and gave the play button a click. I was quickly drawn in by Joe's growly/gravel vocals and the deep rooted rock based sound of the band. Quick punchy guitar riffs, a steady, very pronounced bass line that sounds like it's actually leading the songs as opposed to following, which I hear a lot of these days, and expertly executed drum tracks all combine to make this EP a very solid release. The Drunk Nuns are definitely not amateurs. 

I absolutely love that they included 2 live tracks on this EP, Let It Go, and POF (a song about blow jobs) demonstrate that this band is as good live as they are in the studio; their live shows on youtube show that the crowd seems to think so as well. 

I really dig this album and think you will too. The 5 tracks clock in at 14 minutes and have been a mainstay in my personal playlist since I first grabbed it as well as A Parting Shot and F-town  being in heavy rotation here at PoDunk - I predict these will stay in that slot for months to come. At the low, low price of $Free.99 this is definitely one you need to get in your playlist ASAP and don't be a dick kick some digital cash at these kids - every little bit helps. 

As usual, don't just take my word for it, give it a listen and grab a copy for yourself

Tracks 1-3 Recorded, edited, and mixed by A. MacTaggart 
Track 4 Recorded live at the Middle East 7-3-13 
Track 5 Recorded live at the Midway Cafe 11-23-14 
Tracks 4-5 Mastered by Saff Mastering 
Tracks 1 and 3 written by the Drunk Nuns 
Track 1 Lyrics written by J. Barron 
Track 3 Lyrics written by J. Barron and A. Dedousis 
Track 2 originally performed by Hookerclops with permission from the band (

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