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The Virginmarys

King of Conflict

(Wind-Up; US: 12 Feb 2013; UK: 4 Feb 2013)

A strong set of raucous garage/punk

The Virginmarys are a northern England-based three-piece that kicks out the jams in urgent, three-minute bursts. Anyone who thinks that the garage/punk template has little left to offer listeners would do well to listen to tracks like “Dead Man’s Shoes”, “You’ve Got Your Money, I’ve Got My Soul” and especially the incendiary “Bang Bang Bang”, with its full-throated vocals and insanely catchy chorus. Vocalist Ally Dickaty spits out venomous-but-funny lines while the guitar attack never lets up. Relying on old-fashioned musical virtues like (gasp!) melody and (double gasp!) dynamics, the Virginmarys avoid the sonic monotony that is endemic to so many garage and/or punk outfits. There’s even a dash of harmony vocals and the occasional guitar solo to add interest along with the clever lyrics and shifting tempos. The Virginmarys aren’t going to reinvent rock ‘n’ roll anytime soon, but with any luck they may keep it alive a while longer.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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