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Bruce Wayne & Gas Station Burritos: a review of Ballhyhoo’s ‘Detonate’

Released by: Right Coast Records
Album release date: 27 September 2018

Track List

  1. I Don’t Wanna Go
  2. Maryland Summer
  3. Detonate
  4. Bruce Wayne
  5. Gas Station Burrito
  6. Selling Out
  7. Stop Ruining my Life
  8. Can’t Hardly Wait
  9. Barnabas
  10. Riddled With Bullets
  11. Mind Over Matter

 

Ballyhoo is listed as an alternative rock band, but their newest release – Detonate has its roots firmly planted in the ska-punk scene.  With elements of ska, rocksteady, and pop-punk, there is something for everyone on this album.  This 4 piece outfit out of Aberdeen, Maryland features Howi on guitar and vox, D on drums, Nick on bass and Scott on keys.

Detonate starts off with “I Don’t Wanna Go”.  This song comes at you with punchy, punk guitar riffs and the keys accompany them beautifully, harmonizing with a classic staccato rhythm you immediately recognize as ska.  The song has is a very well-rounded, full-bodied sound.   There are so many moving parts but they seem to work together effortlessly.

Lyrics throughout Detonate are simple but catchy, and most importantly fun.  Each song tells a story but doesn’t have a preachy message to them.  They are perfect little windows into the lives of Ballyhoo.

“Maryland Summer”  has more of a pop-punk feel to it.  The verses are upbeat and a little more grounded in nu-punk rock.  However, the chorus shifts to a more twangy rocksteady sway.  It kind of reminds me of what a song would sound like in a freestyle battle between early versions of Fall Out Boy and Sublime.  

The album is written and arranged in a way that they do a good job of keeping it lively and upbeat even when the tracks slightly slow down during songs like “Bruce Wayne”, “Stop Ruining My Life” and “Mind Over Matter”. 

Overall, this album is absolutely deserving of a spot on your playlist if you are fans of bands like Sublime, 311, Blink 182, No Doubt, and Reel Big Fish.

7/10

Find Ballyhoo online at https://www.ballyhoorocks.com, or on their Facebook page: https://www.ballyhoorocks.com

Catch them at one of their upcoming shows:

 

  • 20 October 2018 @ Anthology (Rochester, NY)
  • 21 October 2018 @ Chameleon Club (Lancaster, PA)
  • 23 October 2018 @ The Queen (Wilmington, DE)
  • 25 October 2018 @ Stanhope House (Stanhope, NJ)
  • 26 October 2018 @ Union Stage (Washington, DC)

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