Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The 99ers released their latest CD, “Move It” on April 17. Filled to the brim with 20 new tracks, the band is clearly one of the more prolific and hardworking acts in the genre. But as much as I love their trademark homage to vintage rock, after digesting twenty tracks I can’t help but feel like I am experiencing the musical equivalent of overeating.
For those not familiar with this Minnesota outfit, the 99ers spin yarns that are encased in vintage guitar tones popularized at the genesis of rock and roll. But you’ll hear some modern influences as well, not unlike Social Distortion, The Ramones, or even Green Day at times. These classic chord changes never get old, and the rotating lead vocalists (which include male and female leads) keep the record sounding fresh. The songs are generally short and sweet, coming at you fast, so there’s never a dull moment.
14 of the tracks are originals, and the band has thrown in some revved up covers of tunes originally done by Eddie Cochrane, Brenda Lee, Cliff Richard, and more. Some of the highlights on this one include the raw energy of “Miss Shannon”, “That’s The Way We Dance”, “Punk With Gretsches” (great harmonies on this one!), “St. Paul's A Lonely Town”, and “They Came, They Saw, They Rocked”, which sums up the record perfectly.
Records by the 99ers are more than just another fun ride – they are a history lesson. “Move It” reminds us – and teaches others – where rock got its start and why it has lasted so long.
The 99ers – Official site.