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Bad Bruno – ‘Good Stories, Bad Decisions’ Album Review

Bad Bruno – Good Stories, Bad Decisions

Bad BrunoBad Bruno has completed recording their second album, Good Stories, Bad Decisions. The band was founded by Vocalist/Guitarist Freddy Tapia in 2006 and made its presence known quickly by gigging in the San Fernando Valley Punk Scene.

2014 saw the release of their debut full-length album, A Comprehensive Guide on: How to Start a Fire and the follow up, Good Stories, Bad Decisions, packs a mighty punch.

From the immense, I Swear To You where Dropkick Murphys swagger meets mellow jazzy sections, the punk shanty is 65 seconds of excellence. On Red Line, the band channel the Pogues and Flogging Molly for just 47 seconds!

The SLF style guitar introduction to Song In C, it develops into a singalong punk rocker full of hooks and melody and soaring guitars…loved it! Bad Bruno are not afraid to let the music roll with Seasons bringing interplay of lead vocals, pounding drums and the package is a drunken romp that just works.

I’m Not Romantic opens with some plaintive guitar licks and then launches into a great shambolic street punk pleaser replete with full group vocals and it is followed by Company where the Oi! approach mixes with the Gaelic punk vibe to create a attack on loneliness that is catching!

The 81 seconds of My Youth again starts slowly but quickly builds to a skate-punk reminiscence that tugs at the heartstrings. It is followed by the penultimate song of the nine, Loots & Barrels where the hooks come thick and fast and I am again reminded of the Dropkick Murphys!

Closing with the powerful, fast and aggressive Nightmares, Bad Bruno deliver a super ending to a super album. If you missed Good Stories, Bad Decisions last year, grab it here



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