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Album Review: The Gotham Rockets | Blast Off 

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The Gotham Rockets | Blast Off
Rum Bar Records
Gothamrockets.bandcamp.com

Looking for a dose of maximum rock 'n' soul? Look no further than the debut four-song EP from this gang of four, whose individual resumes include stints with New York City stalwarts such as the Fleshtones, Waldos, and Swingin' Neckbreakers, amongst others. Driven by the just-the-right-side-of-frantic vocals of guitarist Matt Langone, the Rockets tear through these four songs like a runaway train. "Bad with Girls" delays the irrepressible, surging energy with a "Leader of the Pack"-esque spoken intro before the guitar crashes into the breach. New Paltz's Steve Greenfield (an activist and Green Party congressional candidate) is superb on saxophone and keyboards. The sax breaks on these songs are reminiscent of Clarence Clemons, but with some serious caffeine. "Rip This Night" briefly quotes the Ramones classic "Rockaway Beach" and is a showcase for the powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Mighty Joe Vincent and bass player Scott Kitchen. Dig it!

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