Monday, April 2, 2007

The Rezidudes' new effort now out


What’s wrong with having a little bit of fun with rock n’ roll? The Rezidudes are certainly unhappy with the current over-serious state of rock n’ roll and this Manchvegas, New Hampshire-based quintet are ready to do something about it with their April 1st (yep, April Fool’s Day) release for Screaming Ferret Wrecords, ‘Welcome to the Suck.’ Think South Cali pop punk (Me First and the Gimme Gimme's, Avail, No Use for a Name, etc.) with heavy metal guitars, and you’re not far off from the Rezidudes’ musical forte. But instead of specializing in original compositions, the quintet takes well-known songs from the 50’s through the 80’s and transforms them into metal/punk party anthems – including Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”, John Denver’s “Country Roads” and even the “Theme from Cheers”, among others.

Comprised of Shannon Verfaillie (vocals), Meliah Rage’s Jim Koury (guitar), Kevin Cornish (guitar), Jimbo Ormiston (bass), and Andre Dube (drums), The Rezidudes are (according to Cornish) “…a group of life long friends who enjoy getting together once a week to live out our mid-life crisis, rock and roll fantasies and have a good time. In a nut shell, we get a kick out of taking tired old mellow songs that everybody knows and giving them a swift kick in the ass. Picture the evil offspring of Carly Simon and Joey Ramone if you would.”

‘Welcome to the Suck’ was recorded at Screaming Ferret Studios in Manchester, New Hampshire by label head Tim Koukos, and mastered by Grammy Award Winner Doc Wiley at Sonic Nerve Studio in Miami Beach, Florida.

“This had to be one of, if not the most, fun sessions I’ve ever recorded and co-produced,” admits Koukos. “The hardest part was trying to stop laughing while we were tracking so we could actually finish the recordings! Very fond memories from this one that I’ll truly cherish for the rest of my life.”

Track listing for ‘Welcome To The Suck’:
1. Sunshine
2. Boxer
3. Help
4. California Dreamin
5. Tainted Love
6. Come Dancing
7. Country Road
8. Theme from Cheers
9. Jenny
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Alchohol
12. Leavin on a Jet Plane
13. Paint it Black
14. Blowin in the Wind
15. Fire and Rain
16. Statie Blues
17. Jimbo
18. Mothers little Helper
19. Runaway
20. Ace of Spades

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