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Bang Bang Bang went Frankie’s Gun

I’ve come a little late to the whole Felice Brothers thing, and, if the standard line is correct, I’m only getting half the story because I haven’t seen them live, but one thing’s for sure, and that’s that these guys are something special. I picked up their self-titled debut album last Monday, and after playing it almost non-stop ever since, I still can’t stop listening to it. They might wear their influences on their sleeves (and lead singer Ian Felice sounds almost eerily like Bob Dylan) but there’s nothing derivative about their crazy, joyous, rackety energy, or the sense of history lurking in the songs. Their myspace page makes a crack about their music sounding like a barn smells, and they’re right  – it’s fantastic stuff.

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  1. Oh “Frankie’s Gun” is one of the most addictive songs I’ve heard in years. The rest of the album is good, nothing that quite lives up to that but still. Have to get their new one at some point too.

    June 7, 2009
  2. Hi Amanda and welcome – I’ve just been exploring your site which is great. Perhaps not coincidentally I’ve just jumped ship on emusic because of the increasing prevalence of “this album is not available for download in your country at this time” messages, though the changes to the plan would probably have sent me packing as well if I hadn’t already been planning to leave.

    And no, the rest of the debut album probably doesn’t rise to the level of ‘Frankie’s Gun’ (though St Stephen’ ain’t bad, but the quality of the album as a whole is pretty fantastic, and very consistent nonetheless. The new one is good too, and more complex, though I’m not sure it’s as immediately appealing as the debut.

    June 8, 2009
  3. Andrew #

    I saw them maybe 14 to 16 months ago in Denver – great music, amazing stuff live.

    July 15, 2009

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