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Showing posts with label Undefeated. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bloodshot Records artist: Bobby Bare Jr.'s YOUNG CRIMINALS' STARVATION LEAGUE - Undefeated - New release Review

I just received the newest release (4/15/14), Undefeated, from Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League and it's interesting and quite diverse. Opening with an catchy track, North Of Alabama By Mornin', Bare and his troop of musicians show that they mean business with grinding beat and gripping guitar riffs. If She Cared is a straight up pop track featuring bare on lead vocals blended nicely with Carey Kotsionis on backing vocals. Matt Rowland on keys takes a easy pace in a sort of Paul Hornsby fashion. The Big Time is another track with a light poppy sound with Richie Kirkpatrick and David Vandervelde on guitars/bass. Don't Wanna Know has a really melodic sound with a hit of a Pink Floyd melody. A very nicely blended vocal with Kotsionis and some cool guitar effects makes this one of the releases most memorable. The Elegant Imposter has a really unusual rhythm pattern and a cool melodic interlude. Title track, Undefeated, has a really interesting sonic backing with simple guitar, drums and bass. Backing vocals from Kotsionis along with Bare and Jordan Caress make this track an immediate track for airplay. Loosely ripped guitar solo in this track is the star of the release instrumentally. Excellent! My Baby Took My Baby Away is a quirky little ditty with a touch of the Beatles and a touch of Harry Nilsson (and possibly Tiny Tim). Blame Everybody (But Yourself) has some real soundtrack like characteristics and a poppy overtone but with a bit of David Bowie bite. Interesting. As Forever Became Never Again is another track with a strong melodic line, in this case really reminiscent of an Apple band with caliope feel. Don't Stand At The Stove wraps the release with a more rocking feel and floating guitar riffs. Overall this is a curious release with a lot of strong songwriting and interesting instrumental work. Check it out.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014



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Bobby Bare, Jr. ( is releasing a new album Undefeated on April 15 via Bloodshot Records (pre-order available here). This is Bobby’s first record since 2010, and his first back with the label since 2006’s The Longest Meow.

SPIN announced the album details, and is currently premiering the lead single, “North of Alabama By Mornin’” (which the publication describes as: “throbs of distortion, a martial stomp-along beat, and ominously squalling guitars”).

Undefeated features the Hayes Carll co-written “My Baby Took My Baby Away”, and the backing efforts of the Young Criminals’ Starvation League, which includes Jordan Caress on bass/vocals, Doni Schroader (formerly of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) on drums, Van Campbell (Black Diamond Heavies) on drums, Matt Rowland on keys, Carey Kotsionis on background vocals, Richie Kirkpatrick on guitars/bass, David Vandervelde on guitars/bass, and Michael "Grimey" Grimes on bass.

In support of the new release, Bobby Bare, Jr. and the Young Criminals’ Starvation League will be on the road, beginning with the following run of newly announced dates:

March 12 – Austin, TX – The Continental Club (Bloodshot Records SXSW Showcase)
March 13 – Houston, TX – The Mucky Duck
March 14 – Austin, TX – Yard Dog (Bloodshot Records SXSW day party)
March 15 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
April 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
April 16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
April 17 – Arlington, VA – IOTA Club & CafĂ©
April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
April 19 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
April 20 – Cambridge, MA – Atwood's Tavern
April 22 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
April 23 – Chicago, IL – Schuba's Tavern
April 24 – Maumee, OH – The Village Idiot