Review Summary: A bunch of Noises that will please any ska fan.
“More Noises and Other Disturbances”, The Bosstones second full length album, takes the ground breaking ska-core sound they invented in the mid 80’s and injects it with more energy.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are one of those bands that have grown up in front of their fans. They went from heavy partying Boston punks to one of the most respected and prolific bands in the world of ska. After 1997’s smash hit “The Impression That I get” Dickey and the boys have been selling out clubs and bringing fans the ska-core party atmosphere they have had years to perfect. But in 1992 the Bosstones were still playing local Boston gigs and partying like the badass punks they are and “More Noises and Other Disturbances” captures that energy at the perfect time in the Bosstones career.
MNOD strays from the punk rock sound of the band’s debut album but doesn’t lose a piece of the grit that made their previous album and EP’s cult classics. The songs are much faster and have a more obvious ska influence, trading in heavy guitar riffs for more fast paced upstrokes . That’s not to say that punk fans couldn’t get into this album, guitarist Nate Albert keeps the songs lively and provides enough oomph for the listener to not get bored. Barrett’s rough and powerful voice keeps you on your toes with every defiant scream he lets loose. The highlight of the album is the horn section of Kevin Lenar, Tyler Oulin, Dennis Brockenborough, and Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton who shine on songs like ‘Cowboy Coffee”, “Awfully Quiet”, and the undeniably catchy “Bad in Plaid”.
Even though “More Noises and Other Disturbances” lacks the diversity of the Bosstones debut, the energy on this album is at a much higher level. Songs like “They Came To Boston”, “I’ll Drink to that”, and the fan favorite “DR. D” provide an excellent party soundtrack. And if there’s anything The Bosstones know best it’s how to throw a party. A great listen for any ska fan.