Fiftymen's lastest album, Fiftymen. I will confess that I'd never heard of them.
Ottawa's Fiftymen have released their brand new self-titled album to nationwide praise. Formed from the ashes of Crash 13 in the latter stages of 1999, Fiftymen - J.J. Hardill (vocals), Mark Michaud (guitar), Todd Gibbon (guitar), Jake Bryce (drums), Keith Snider (banjo and fiddle), and Michael Houston Hanlan (bass) is clearly a band with dusty twang surging through its veins, but whose soul is consumed with the evil power of reckless rock and roll.
Their third studio album, Fiftymen is a more patient affair. While it includes more of the uptempo riffing teased on “Wedding Band,” songs like “Laureen” and the “I Always Get What I Want” rely more on honky-tonk than rock and roll, telling mournful tales of addiction, yearning, and loss. Occasionally, Fiftymen branch out into more psychedelic sounds, as on “That Look On Your Face,” which sounds like a lost nugget from the Summer of Love/Haight-Ashbury scene in the ‘60s.
I did a fair bit of driving this week and listened to it on my ipod ... and liked it!
My music tastes are all over the place ... when I feel like listening to something twangy, I'll crank up some Garth Brooks, Hank 3 (Hank Williams III), Carrie Underwood, etc.
This album is made up of fast fun tunes and slow mournful ballads ... and all sound great. My favourites songs are Wedding Band and Shake It (Like it's on Fire). They are fast and rockin' and remind me of Hank 3's sound ... I had the volume loud when those songs were on. The album cover might offend some so I've put some festive decorations on the naughty bits.
Tonight Fiftymen officially release Fiftymen in a sold out show at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC. If they ever come to Toronto, I'll check 'em out!
There are no videos yet to support the album but you can watch these from the past to get a taste of their sound.