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Murdocks

Roar!

(Surprise Truck; US: 1 Apr 2008; UK: Available as import)

This six-song EP is a kick ass one. It features Murdocks allowing themselves to nail some gritty, garage rock songs beginning with the strong “Playhouse Down”. Meanwhile, the band also shines on the tight, Fratellis-ish “Die Together” that doesn’t have as much punch or oomph as the aforementioned band but still is worth checking out. Murdocks also don’t push the envelope, leaving two-minute gems like “Spirit of 95” as is, not padding or fleshing them out in any way, shape or form. Probably the song that jumps out at you is the gorgeous, delectable power pop “Sleepy Queen & Charlie Brown”. But it’s difficult not to crack a smile when the band offers up the criminally sweet “Old Sylophone” which features a xylophone off in the distance.

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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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