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Ellegarden

Riot on the Grill

(Denko Secca; US: 4 Jul 2006; UK: Available as import)

Japanese punk rock is an acquired taste. You have musicians at times mixing English with Japanese but you would never discern Ellegarden as Japanese judging by the sweet power pop “Red Hot” which is red hot indeed. Think of teen-angst Blink-182 in their earlier heyday and you get the picture of this very solid quartet’s chops during the catchy “Monster” and the rather heavy, metal-tinged “Snake Fighting”. They might even one-up the trio with “Bored of Everything”. But generally, the punk/power pop of “Marry Me” is what makes this such a surprisingly enjoyable ride. Another hidden nugget here is “Missing” that, while not in English, still communicates quite well. Fans of Sum 41 would also lap up the tight, fast-paced “TV Maniacs”, but “I Hate It” takes a little longer to warm up to. It’s a very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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