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“No Country For Old Musicians” from Reggie And The Full Effect: A Review

Reggie is best known as the keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, but has been involved in writing and touring with both New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance. After taking a break from the music scene, he was inspired by the outpour of support from fans to enter the studio and make another album.

James recorded No Country For Old Musicians at Black Lodge Recording studios in Eudora, Kansas. NCFOM was the last album to ever be recorded there. Many friends he has made over the years including, Frank Iero, Adam Lazzara, Allison Weiss and Sean Ingram joined him to lend guest vocals on the album and Ray Toro joined to play guitar on two tracks.

With an introduction straight out of Deliverance NCFOM crashes full throttle punk style into “super croc vs mega doosh”.  A bit NOFX, a dash MCR, and a whole lot of fun Reggie opens up strong with a tune that delivers the goods and gets the juices flowing to set the tone for what is to come.  “37” may first strike one as a Weezer song gone horribly right into a guttural direction: sleazy, rough, battered, and bruised yet beautifully melodic in the right places.  The diversity continues with “fowlin’ around” which is mostly a strange filler that leads to “revenge is a dish best served at park Chan-Wook’s” which harkens back to a more pop-punk feel on the Goldfinger end of things. Then “guerrera” takes a heavier turn into a Native American tone and almost delves into Dethklok type areas in it’s effect and sound whereas “gimme back my leg” dips into disco dance beats and “who needs another drank feat- floppy disk- 0” goes rap as the hilarity continues.  Other highlights include “a funny thing happened on the way to Ralph’s”, once again going back to the poppy-punk formula, but this time it sounds a lot more like an amalgamation of every nineties Blink 182 wanna be band.  Moving forward “sundae booty sundae feat- fluxuation” hits the boy band fixation on a bright note, “kanji tattoos still in style” goes in a more eighties direction to great effect and may be one of the strongest pieces on the album, and “we make a breakfast” will just plain old crack you up on the lines of Heywood Banks’ “Toast”.  The last quarter of the effort keeps up with the tongue in cheek humor of “to the fruit wizard of donnington”, “DMV featuring common denominator” which could have appeared on Dave Grohl’s Probot record (so it’s awesome), and then closes out with the ballady “disregard” and the bastard child of Nine Inch Nails and Rammstein resulting in “danka shane”.
If you have no sense of humor and do not like extremely talented diversity then don’t bother picking this up, otherwise No Country For Old Musicians is an amazing collection proving Reggie is back to full effect.
Reggie and The Full Effect play Altar Bar in Pittsburgh Feb 15!  Full Tour Dates Below:

Tour Dates:

JAN 16 Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary
JAN 17 Baltimore, MD- Ottobar
JAN 18 Richmond, VA- The Canal Club
JAN 19 Chapel Hill, NC- Local 506
JAN 21 Jacksonville, FL- Roc Bar
JAN 22 Orlando, FL- The Social
JAN 24 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live Studio
JAN 25 Dallas, TX- Club Dada
JAN 26 Austin, TX- Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
JAN 28 Scottsdale, AZ- Pub Rock Live
JAN 29 San Diego, CA- The Irenic
JAN 30 Los Angeles, CA- The Satellite
JAN 31 Santa Ana, CA- Constellation Room
FEB 01 San Francisco, CA- Bottom Of The Hill
FEB 02 Portland, OR- Branx
FEB 04 Seattle, WA- Vera Project
FEB 06 Salt Lake City, UT- Kilby Court
FEB 07 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre
FEB 08 Kansas City, MO- Record Bar
FEB 09 St. Louis, MO- Fubar
FEB 11 Minneapolis, MN- Triple Rock Social Club
FEB 12 Chicago, IL- Subterranean
FEB 13 Pontiac, MI- The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
FEB 14 Cleveland Heights, OH- Grog Shop
FEB 15 Pittsburgh, PA- Altar Bar
FEB 16 Syracuse, NY- Lost Herizon
FEB 18 Hamden, CT- The Space
FEB 19 Boston, MA- Brighton Music Hall
FEB 20 New York, NY- The Studio at Webster Hall
FEB 22 Asbury Park, NJ- Asbury Lanes

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