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The Bamboo Kids- “The Way Things Are”

The Bamboo Kids are a Punk Rock and Roll band from New York City who have been around since 2003 but this is the first time I’ve heard them after receiving their EP “The Way Things Are” that was released in October. The band’s sound on this 4-song EP on Drug Front Records has matured a bit as compared to their previous efforts on their myspace page, and this is a good thing for fans of the more straight rock and roll vibe a la The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. The band cites The Clash (their band name comes from the Clash song Straight To Hell) and The New York Dolls as influences but I would call this recent effort a more “polished” one, with songs like the closing “Central European Time” having singer Dwight Weeks’ humble and almost mellow-sounding vocals over a nice melodic display of piano and horns. The opening song of this EP “Daylight Be Damned” is a more catchy tune with great guitar tones reminiscent of the later Damned records while the title track seemingly praises The Rolling Stones without hiding it. The great thing about this EP is the fact that they are very good at what they do and they aren’t trying to be anything other than that. I love the singer’s voice throughout this release and the songs grow on me more each time i listen. I know a lot of you are big fans of The Gaslight Anthem and The Boss and I suggest that you check out this band as they are within that same realm to a certain degree.

(click on image to visit their myspace page)

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