The Stray Bullets are a band that is from Boston. They blend ska and punk together for a great sound. They were a short-lived band, this being their only release, with vocalist/guitarist joining the ‘Have-Nots.’ Musically, they have quick ska riffs, with bouncy bass lines. The vocals are usually quick and aggressive, leaving you wondering what he had just sang, but still leaving you amazed at his speed.
The band themselves have very good chemistry with eachother. Jon leads the group with some catchy lyrics and plays the quick, upbeat ska-riffs. He blends the aggressive, punk rock vocals with the slow hip-hop vocals, at times, making this record very unique. Geoff plays the lead guitar playing the quick, melodic riffs, as shown in ‘Wretched Refuse.’ Andy’s bass work is some of the best in ska/punk, with punk and reggae bass lines that keep you hooked. Drew’s drums are very quick.
The lyrics on this album are quite good listen to and think about. Jon speaks of the hard times of being part of the working class in society. The song ‘Eyesore’ offers a powerful chorus, ‘You know the cost of living will keep rising while the chance of finding work keeps going down; dark clouds now block what were once clear horizons, and its my broken hands that build this filthy town.’ The track ‘America’ is about their distrust of American corporations and how they are greedy. They even touch the subject of love in ‘Hey Rebekka’. As the title would lead, to it’s about a man chasing a girl who he asks ‘Would you ever love a punk?’
I recommend this CD to anyone who likes ska-punk, ska or punk in general. If you enjoy those genres, this CD will please you. It is without a doubt one of the best CD’s to come out of Boston punk.
Everyone song on this CD is worth a listen. The only track that smells like filler is ’80 Cents a Day’ as it is the only slow track, but does not seem to fit in between ‘Gone’ and ‘Thrift Store’. It does not have as much energy and seems bland at times, but nonetheless a good track. Every track on this CD relates to their lives, and every track takes you through it. They put their hearts into all of their songs. Everything about this CD is great, and it comes form real working-class men who know the curve balls that life can throw at you.