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I Walk the Line

Desolation Street

(Gearhead; US: 23 Jan 2007)

Given their name, I Walk The Line could be a Johnny Cash tribute band; but they have much more in common with someone like Mike Ness. The group has a definite rockabilly punk feel about them despite the fact they often use an organ on songs such as “Just Like the Rest” and the punchy, choppy “The Man Without a Name”. The band seems to make things work on the slow-building “Grand Collapse” and the fun-fueled “Dead Seeds”, which brings to mind a European Dropkick Murphys or Rancid. But that Rancid likeness rears its head far greater during the rowdy but fun “Purity”. And fortunately they seem to ride a wave of momentum from that moment on, especially on the lean, catchy “World on a Pyre”. It’s a record that might not have you drooling, but it’s well worth having a listen to.

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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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