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The Ducky Boys

The Ducky Boys: Three Chords And The TruthThree Chords And The Truth (2004)
Thorp Records

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The Ducky Boys have always curiously held a lower profile than some of their Boston contemporaries. One listen to Three Chords and the Truth makes this fact all the more baffling. This is just an incredibly enjoyable slab of catchy, propulsive rock'n'roll. Like the title says the The Ducky Boys stic.
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The Ducky Boys have always curiously held a lower profile than some of their Boston contemporaries. One listen to Three Chords and the Truth makes this fact all the more baffling. This is just an incredibly enjoyable slab of catchy, propulsive rock'n'roll. Like the title says the The Ducky Boys stick to conventional punk song structures but they effortlessly execute big memorable hooks like few others. The most fascinating thing about Three Chords and the Truth is how natural it all sounds; 16 tracks of classic feeling, pithy and to the point rock is not the work one expects from a band returning from a six year span without a record.

During the first few spins the most shocking thing about the album is how big and professional it sounds. Jim Seigel's production makes the three-piece sound absolutely huge and the recording is much cleaner than the band's GMM back catalogue. Big jumps in production quality always run the risk of turning off older fans, but I can't see that being the case with this record. The Ducky Boys have always had a knack for writing catchy sing along tunes and the way that they're represented here is perfectly suited.

Three Chords and the Truth offers a nice mix of punk shout alongs and heartfelt mid tempo rock tunes. "Hanging On" and "Break Me" both feature remarkably memorable choruses, shamelessly poppy but in a way that's entirely respectable. There's moments here which simply wouldn't be believable if done by bands the Ducky Boys are lumped in with. A cover of the uber-sappy "Stand By Me" or a song driven by a jovial chant of "Sha na na na na na na na" really shouldn't work on any record, but defying all logic they do here. Fans who have been waiting since 1998 for new material from the band certainly won't be disappointed with this batch of songs, as across the 16 track 36 minute running time there's no sign of filler or lack of energy. Big propulsive street-punk songs like "Boston, USA" are doubtlessly set to become live favourites.

Three Chords and the Truth is an earnest and extremely amiable collection of punk tunes. This will doubtlessly go far in gaining The Ducky Boys the wider recognition they've always deserved.

Audio:

Boston, USA (MP3)

 

 
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Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

No they're not in the boston beatdown crew. nyway this album is their best up to date. wait for mark lind's solo album to be released later this year.

readmag (March 6, 2005)

The album's a good time, but I'm tired of Boston bands singing about Boston. Boston fucking sucks unless you're an idiot fratboy.

Anonymous (November 25, 2004)

Are these dudes in the Boston Beatdown crew?

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

"Tired, boring rock and roll from a band that is broken up and really should just go away for good. Nobody cared the first time around, either. Oh, and the songs suck."

which member of the band hit on your girlfriend?

bennytheknife (November 24, 2004)

You can't fuck with the Ducky Boys. They're one of the greatest bands around. This record and band are the fucking shit.

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

Tired, boring rock and roll from a band that is broken up and really should just go away for good. Nobody cared the first time around, either. Oh, and the songs suck.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

I like it, nothing earthshattering and better than half of the shite out there today-oldpunker-

swingline (November 22, 2004)

this is mediocre shit.

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

Great disc and great band. Mark Lind played bass on the debut full-length disc from Far From Finished. I think the disc is going to be released on Jan 25th and it's called "East Side of Nowhere".

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

amazing band and this is a great album. I too have always wondered why they never seem to get any recognition.

and to the guy who said he used to see them in small venues. They still do play small venues all the time. I just saw them play a free basement show up in Jamaica Plain, needless to say they nearly tore the place down

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (November 21, 2004)

they stole my name!

because i made it up, of course.

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

"Oh great, another band from Boston, and guess what they sing about?

That's right, how much they love their shithole.

Pathetic. "

that's a well thought out comment. You've obviously done your research.

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

Oh great, another band from Boston, and guess what they sing about?

That's right, how much they love their shithole.

Pathetic.

"The Truth" is, Boston fucks.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

this band sucks and so does thorp

druhol (November 21, 2004)

I saw these guys open for Dropkick Murphys a few months ago, and they kicked fucking ass. Almost outshined the Murphys, really. Really fucking fun band.

KB (November 20, 2004)

These guys are awesome. I loved their older shit, and used to see them at small venues. I cant wait to pick this album up!

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

Tim's Boston Boner should've poked these guys instead of the shitty Unseen.

Then go tell him before its too late.

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

Tim's Boston Boner should've poked these guys instead of the shitty Unseen.

theundergroundscene (November 20, 2004)

Sweet Kill Bill Vol. 2 reference.

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

wow. thanks for the review and the kind words.

Mark
www.duckyboys.com

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"so?"
whatta ya mean, so? its your job to not feel creative, not theirs. that's so.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

These guys are great. They make straightforward rock n' roll refreshing again.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"how many albums have this title...? it was almost the name of a face to face record till they realized it had been done a half a dozen times."

So?

-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

how many albums have this title...? it was almost the name of a face to face record till they realized it had been done a half a dozen times.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

Just fuckin' with ya.

-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"Good review. I saw these guys with Blood for Blood and DMK a while back and they kicked ass!"

Hmm, I don't really like Drop Murphys Kick, but they always have decent opening acts, the first time I saw the ducky boys it was with them and THe Cuffs.
-notfeelingcreative

Im a dumbass! DKM

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"Good review. I saw these guys with Blood for Blood and DMK a while back and they kicked ass!"

Hmm, I don't really like Drop Murphys Kick, but they always have decent opening acts, the first time I saw the ducky boys it was with them and THe Cuffs.
-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

he is the brother of the dude from blood for blood, they play in sinners and saints together. check them out.

TheOneTrueBill (November 19, 2004)

It seems like they're finally starting to get a higher profile, even just by people saying 'they deserve more.' I've heard my hype about this band in the last month or two than I had ever before.

And that's a good thing.

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

Good review. I saw these guys with Blood for Blood and DMK a while back and they kicked ass!

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