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THE CONNECTION – ‘Just for Fun’ Album Review


the-connectionAs The Connection celebrate their 5th year as a band, they have re-released their early recordings on the Just For Fun album. Opening with a ‘Johnny Be Good’, rock and roll romp, Get Out of Denver is great fun sure to get your foot tapping.

The band hail from New England and they practice the power punk pop genre with accessible songs well produced. The excellent Stay With Me gives a nod to the Ramones as well as The Plimsols.

I Can Read Between The Lines reaches back into the 1970’s with a Smokie ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ vibe whilst Other Guys Girls rocks it up a little with strong hooks and melodies combining to produce a poptastic three minutes (almost!).

The band hit a little bit country with Streets Of Baltimore replete with steel guitar and then return to a barnstorming rock and roller with Teenage News. There is no doubt that Just For Fun is great fun and, by the time No Expectations opens with some country/folk tinged guitar, I’m smiling away. The song is the longest on the album clocking in over four minutes and takes the acoustic beginning and mixes it up but never departs from the folk approach.

Southern Girls channels those early British glam rockers The Sweet and, it is that pre-punk era of Slade, T-Rex and Mud that The Connection remind me of the most. The second to last track Think It Over strips down the production and is more Hank Williams than Discharge!

Last up is Get A Haircut and it is a fitting end to a cracking album with some fun lyrics and a juke box 12 bar blues rocker. The Connection have released a fun package of ten songs just right for 2017. Get it here from the excellent Rum Bar Records – https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/just-for-fun