Angels & Devils
The other great band from Kingston, Ontario kick-starts its ninth recording – and its twenty-fourth year (!) – with Shakespeare Road, a down ‘n’ dirty little ditty that sets the tone for an upbeat array of Celt-Rock classics to come, including a nasty title-track, the Doughboys-esque The Waiting, the Iggy-inspired raw power of The King of Copenhagen and Past the Pint of No Return, and two kick-ass medleys that will get the Celtic blood boiling. The closing chaos of Stiff Little Fingers’ Tin Soldiers puts a punk-pop exclamation point to the proceedings, leaving listeners reeling with the feeling that they have been taken out to the woodshed for a good, old-fashioned sonic spankin’. Make sure to catch The Mahones on tour in the coming months.