BEN FRANKLIN: Optimist: CD-R

Mar 08, 2010

Brooklyn-based power trio Ben Franklin bangs out some raucous and catchy guitar-driven jams on this here CD. Eleven rave-up rock and rollers that bring to mind Riverboat Gamblers or Statues in terms of energy and diversity, each song (a little different from the last and a little different from the next) bristles with intensity. Raging punk rock ditties that let loose with Greg Ginn-style solos flying all over the place are interrupted by twangy barroom waltzes and then peppered with some frenetic, danceable indie rock tunes. The lead vocals sometimes get a little cute, but otherwise this is a solid release. Two hundred released with hand screened covers.

 –Jeff Proctor (wearebenfranklin.com)

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