Brad Marino “Looking For Trouble”

This LP should have been out in April but we all know that it’s hard to keep up with dates with vinyl record industry nowadays and Covid is not helping… Spaghetty Town Records, Beluga Records and Ghost Highway Recordings have teamed up to release this 12 song vinyl. “Even The Score” opens with good sunny US powerpop with a bit of slide guitar before “Taillights Fade” takes us somewhere between new wave punk and 70s glam and “Looking For Trouble” gets us to the ROLLING STONES side of rock’n’roll. You sometimes get straight powerpop (“Local Show”, “Take Your Time”, “Fell In Love Again”) and also a bit of old school garage rock (“Something For Nothing”) but it can all get cinematic at times (“Tripwire”.) This album seems to be less RAMONES influenced than the previous ones (one of them is actually a RAMONES cover album!) but you’ll still hear traces of the NYC gang in “False Alarm”, “At Night” or in the catchy “What Do You Know?” “Looking For Trouble” is a great pop rock’n’roll summer album, it’s still summer, right? /Laurent C.

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Brad Marino “Extra Credit”

Following his EP “Four Track Attack”, BRAD MARINO (The CONNECTION) is back with a solo album on which he plays every instrument with a little help from his friend Kris Rodgers on keys/piano. Opening song “Broken Clocks” has a big RAMONES feel, and powerpop sweetly mixes with old-school rock’n’roll in “It’s Not Right”, “Don’t Do The Crime” or in “No One Else Tried It.” The 60s pop influences can especially be heard in “Wake Up Baby” or “Fit To Be Tied” and sunny hits like “C’Mon C’Mon C’Mon” and “Broken Record Baby” will stay in your head for the rest of the day after you’ve listened to them for the first time. You’ll even hear some country touches in “What Comes Naturally”, but punk rock is always around the corner (“From The Start”) and Brad doesn’t forget about the roots of rock’n’roll when he chooses to cover CHUCK BERRY‘s “Bye Bye Johnny”… “Extra Credit” is already in my top list of this year’s best powerpop albums. /Laurent C.

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Brad Marino “Four Track Attack” EP

Brad Marino is the lead vocalist/guitar player of power pop band The CONNECTION. This 4 song EP sure also has a power pop flavour, but you’ll also find some glam rock’n’roll touches here and there. The interesting thing is that Brad played all the instruments on this solo EP! The songs are played with punk rock energy (“Should’ve Known”, “On The Bink”), you’ll hear a bit of ROLLING STONES in “Hey Girl.” and the power pop influences can be heard especially in “Special Friend.” This is short but sweet, and definitely a good summer EP! /Laurent C.

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