Saturday, September 15, 2012

CD Review: Connecticut's Own, The Reducers Get A Tribute

Connecticut record label, Good Sponge Records is rolling out a tribute to one of Connecticut’s most famous unsigned bands, The Reducers. The new 24-song compilation entitled “Rave On: A Tribute to The Reducers, Vol. 1” pays tribute to the band’s 34-year legacy with some local CT acts performing songs from throughout The Reducers’ catalog.

The album opens with New York’s The Rattlers performing The Reducers best known song, “Let’s Go.” The Rattlers feature Mickey Leigh (brother of the late Joey Ramone) on vocals as the song carries that raw, pop-punk feeling that The Reducers were known for. The punk-like tempo keeps going with The Backstabbers performing “Life In The Neighborhood” and Japanese band, Rockbottom delivering a blazing rendition of “San Antone.” The female vocals Linda Bean of Frigate fit the tone perfectly on “Boys Will Be Boys,” while Dave Rave & Lauren Agnelli draw up the eighties pop sounds with “Company Man.” Local bands, The Manchurians and Paul Brockett Roadshow pay tribute to The Reducers with their “pub rock” renditions of “Fashion of the Times” and “Nothing Cool.”

The Dogmatics brings out the grunginess of “Black Plastic Shoes,” while Missy Roback shows us the country, pop side of The Reducers, performing the song “Real Gone.” The newly formed band, Birdfeeder adds their own ingredients to a soulful version of “Sound of Breaking Down.” The Rivergods show their respect to their fellow New London peers with a great, clean sounding version of “My Problem.” The album closes with the Male Curriers adding some surf guitar instrumental to “Endless Bummer.”

The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center in Waterford, CT will be hosting a CD release party on Saturday, September 22. This was the first venue that The Reducers performed at back in 1978. The night will feature performances by Heap, The Dogmatics, The Manchurians, Paul Brockett Roadshow, The Rivergods, The Clothespins, Jes Farnsworth, Matt Gouette, Blonde Furniture and Missy Roback. For more information on this release, check out thereducers.com.

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