Before listening to their most recent album Underneath The Owl I’d never really given The Riverboat Gamblers much of a chance but this new album of theirs is pretty slick. It is some rockin’ punk-n-roll that sounds (a lot) like it could be plastered all over so-called modern rock radio. Their sound reminds me (quite a bit) of Communique/American Steel and other bands in that vein. The one thing about Underneath The Owl that is readily apparent right from the get go is that they love huge choruses; big, soaring, anthemic, sing-a-long, stadium-sized choruses. It’s perfect driving (or jogging) music that just makes the miles seem to fly by. It makes me wonder what the band sounded like prior to the slick production of Underneath The Owl. If you know, I’d love to be informed. There is also an almost garage-ish vibe to a few songs that makes me think of (and not because of the garage-ish vibe) Paris, Texas as well as the Loved Ones. So (yeah) I’m digging this album even though I really don’t think I should.
But why not? Is it too poppy? It there a bit too much radio-friendly sheen? Yes and yes, but really, this band could (and probably should) be huge with swarms of teenage girls all around. Should I be OK with that? Probably not, but hey, if my daughter listens to this, I’ll be fine with it.
MP3 | Riverboat Gamblers – Alexandria Underneath The Owl
MP3 | Riverboat Gamblers – A Choppy Yet Sincere Apology Underneath The Owl