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Album Review

Should you be in search of another pop band that will steal your rock & roll heart as much as Echo & the Bunnymen and the Church did throughout the 1980s heyday of romantic post-punk, then the Favourite Sons should leave you swooning in no time. The Brooklyn-based quintet features Justin Tripp (guitar) and Matt Werth (bass), both formerly of the neo-psychedelic group Aspera; ex-Rollerskate Skinny frontman Ken Griffin (vocals); Carmine DeGennaro (guitar); and A.J. Edmiston (drums). The Favourite Sons confront the typical book of daily hardships on Down Beside Your Beauty. From the brooding Leonard Cohen-esque "Tear the Room Apart" and the tearful regret of "Pistols & Girls" to brighter power pop moments such as "No One Ever Dies Young," the Favourite Sons make a daring first impression. They manage to channel hints of various post-punk styles without repetition. Having worked with James Oldham, grandson to famed Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, on their debut EP Treason, it's nice to see that Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton, Billy Bragg) kept the the Favourite Sons grounded on Down Beside Your Beauty. For further proof of what they're capable of, check out the brassy guitar riffs of "Hang On, Girl." Sure, it jangles like any great Echo & the Bunnymen song, but with Griffin's aching heart yearning, "Take my hand/I'll do what I can/Hang on, girl/I know you've grown so tired of your fellow man," the Favourite Sons make indie rock fun again.

Customer Reviews

east coast cool

finally the return of good album rock, as in you can buy the whole thing and listen to it and love it, no comparisons just a breath of fresh air in a totally saturated totally retro eighties brooklyn scene, if you like well played well written music with universal lyrics that apply to all of us you should enjoy this band. who's the man now dog?

i like

and i dont know why. this album just gets me . musical taste is unexlplainable, atleast in this case.

Hang On, iTunes

As a lover of all types of music rocking it since the 80's with Nine inch Nails to Snoop to around the world, Favourite Sons have rapidly become one of my 5 Star picks. Who knew theres bands out there that still can really be fresh in the new millennium.


Formed: 2005 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Despite the Anglicized spelling of their name, the Favourite Sons are a Brooklyn-based band. OK, singer Ken Griffin is actually Irish, and the rest of the band has its roots in the Philadelphia space rock scene of the late '90s, but their current incarnation is based in the most hipster-oriented of the New York City boroughs. Griffin got his start in the shoegazer era, when the Dublin-born singer and guitarist formed Rollerskate Skinny, an underrated band forever cursed as bandwagon jumpers thanks...
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Down Beside Your Beauty, Favourite Sons
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Indie Rock
  • Released: Sep 12, 2006

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