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Downtown Struts

Downtown Struts: Victoria!Victoria! (2012)
Pirates Press Records

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Chicago's Downtown Struts play a throwback form of no frills punk rock. It's full of chainsaw guitars, big catchy hooks, and passionate heartfelt lyrics. With Victoria!, Downtown Struts build upon their previous E.P. Sailing the Seas Dry, by showing more consistency throughout. Given the band's sou.
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Chicago's Downtown Struts play a throwback form of no frills punk rock. It's full of chainsaw guitars, big catchy hooks, and passionate heartfelt lyrics. With Victoria!, Downtown Struts build upon their previous E.P. Sailing the Seas Dry, by showing more consistency throughout. Given the band's sound, Victoria! draws an almost immediate comparison to former Pirates Press label mates the Ratchets and when done wrong, this style can sound stale and come off as nothing more than a rehashing of the early Clash albums. However, with this album, Downtown Struts are able to give their own spin and provide some new energy to this style.

On Victoria! Downtown Struts deliver a musical road map of America and a longing for home with songs like "Back To N.Y.," "Postcards," "Mexican Graffiti" and "Anchors." Standout track "Lost in America" only reinforces this with the lyrics, "Turn down the radio / There's no one else around / Turn up the stereo / I want to hear the homeward sound."

Victoria! is a solid effort from a young band. Recent tours with the Business and a future one with the Bouncing Souls and Street Dogs should help to give Downtown Struts the exposure and hype that they and the music found on this album rightfully deserve.


 

 
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Thrusters (September 11, 2012)

best album no one's talking about this year, easily. Going to end up in my top five for sure, might even have a shot at #1.

eggface (September 10, 2012)

Great album, god bless punk news, I would not have heard of this band otherwise!

eggface (September 10, 2012)

Great album, god bless punk news, I would not have heard of this band otherwise!

ramblinboyofpleasure (August 31, 2012)

This album blew me away. Took a few listens but it's so good. One of my favourites of the year, just get it and enjoy as much as I have been every day for the last month.

slymer (August 25, 2012)

This is easily a top 5 album of this year. Really incredible.

boxcar (August 24, 2012)

Love the record! Going to see them with the Souls about a week from now!

mrdogg45 (August 23, 2012)

This right here is some really well-made pop punk.

Tahoejeff (August 22, 2012)

This is a great album The packaging is top notch too. More people should check out this band.

darbystrummer77 (August 21, 2012)

i really like this album. i find myself listening to it more than a few times a week. good stuff!

dangerdangerdanger (August 21, 2012)

Really solid album, I thought they were even better live when they played the extra divey Club 21 in Portland, OR.

peheme (August 21, 2012)

Good album, with a really nice vinyl from Pirate Press!

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