Harrington Saints
"Dead Broke in the USA"

(Pirates Press Records 2009)Harrington Saints - Dead Broke in the USA

These days, in punk rock, there might as well be a mental check-list for bands. Intentional or not, they all seem to run down that list when writing and recording their songs. Let's see, there's speed, edginess, attitude, and, often, political messages and, of course, swearing, just to name a few. With their sound falling somewhere between newer but long established punk acts like Rancid and maybe a hint of the Dropkick Murphys, the Harrington Saints hit all the key items on that list. But what's important is that listeners won't be too distracted ticking items off that theoretical list that they don't get to enjoy the band's "Dead Broke in the USA."

While every punk band seems to be trying to push their working class mantra, Harrington Saints do what few can and make it believable. This isn't a band all about swagger and show as "Dead Broke in the USA" gets in and gets out quickly and simply. But that isn't to say they don't leave a mark. Guitar player Mike C. throws in some nice solos on the title track and "Guilty" while "Bootstraps" has a Rancid-like appeal.

By the time the Harrington Saints are done flying through their album, and believe me it doesn't take long, you're pretty much singing along to every chorus. It's simple, it's straightforward and, if you're into punk, it's definitely got some appeal. While other modern day punk acts are swearing allegiance to the old while pumping out albums that sound nothing like them, the Harrington Saints are more subtle and down to earth with "Dead Broke in the USA."

 

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