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The Homecoming Queens

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Long Island Ska at its best

THQ is one of my favorite bands. From their two EPs and going to a ton of their shows every chance I get, I had some pretty high expectations for their first full-length album, and they did not disappoint. From the anthemic "Summer Song", to the jazzy "13.4 Miles" (which is your new favorite song, by the way), from the bouncy ska songs like "Old College Try" and "Straightaway" to the epic and brooding "Heathrow" and "Smoke and Mirrors", with a few surprises in the mix, this album is a must-have for anybody who likes ska; or anybody who likes good music for that matter. All of the members of this band are fantastic musicians (as well as friendly and nice people), and they really give it their all on this. If you haven't seen them yet, you have to; as good as this album is, the true experience of the Homecoming Queens really happens live. Hard to believe a bunch of kids from the next town over are putting out genuinely great music that rivals that of the most prominent bands of the genre.

album review

1. cool segue into tom cruise 2. a catchy, energetic sing along 3. could easily be a top 40 hit 4. brilliant bluesy/jazzy ballad...that guy can sing! 5. great vocal harmonies 6. hard rocking epic, kind of ruined by the obnoxious screaming though 7. reggae-tinged groove that breaks up the album nicely 8. not so much a song as it is a composition...5 and a half minutes of EPIC 9. almost comically out of place, but still fun to listen to, instrumental swing song 10. lacks the energy it had when they used to play it live 11. from the driving bass solo to the horn section building to the end, the most energetic song on the album 12. fun upbeat ska, complete with horn section counterpoint and a neat little piano outro overall: ***** The Homecoming Queens show that ska isn't dead, while also expanding outward from the genre for a mature sound that will be stuck in your head for a long time.

Great Local Ska Band or Greatest Local Ska Band?

These are the guys that literally inspired me to start playing in bands after the first time I saw them three years ago, and they've only gotten better since then. They're all very talented musicians and every single song on this album is solid in it's own way. This is the album of the summer for me, if you don't have it get it and if you live on Long Island then see them.

A Sound You Once Knew, The Homecoming Queens
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jul 15, 2008

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