The Connection “Wish You Success”

“Wish You Success” is the third full length album of The CONNECTION. The band mixes its American punk rock roots (“You Know”, “In The End”, “Mechanical Heart”) with excellent pop songwriting (“Checking”, “Color Me Unimpressed”, “What a Shame”), and their power pop rock’n’roll sometimes flirts with country music in “Wish You Success” or in “Thinking Out Loud.” The CONNECTION might be influenced by bands from the past, but they manage to mix this vintage flavour with a more modern sound even when they dig into 60s garage (“The Girl Is Trouble.”) You’ll also hear some ROLLING STONES influences in “Heaven Or Hell.” Whether you like the RAMONES, TOM PETTY or CHEAP TRICK, you’ll find something for you in this album, and if you like the three of them, then this album will find a good place in your top list!
Songwriters Brad Marino and Geoff Palmer have also put out good solo releases you should check out. /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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The Connection “Just For Fun”

Sometimes, bands forget about the fun in what they do and take themselves way too seriously. The CONNECTION decided to go back to their roots and offer us 10 covers just for fun! From Bob Seger (“Get Out Of Denver”) to Sylvain Sylvain (“Teenage News”), The ROLLING STONES (“No Expectations”), CHEAP TRICK (“Southern Girls”), GEORGE THOROGOOD (“Get a Haircut”), and The DICTATORS (“Stay With Me”), you can feel that the band really put their heart into playing these songs, just like a group of friends would do during a jam session at the local bar.
The CONNECTION also shows the wide variety of their tastes, with country classic “The Streets of Baltimore”, and the more obscure “I Can Read Between The Lines” (GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS.)
Produced by Brad (lead vocals/gutar) and Geoff (guitar/vocals), mixed by Mike Kennerty (ALL AMERICAN REJECTS), and mastered by Mass Giorgini (GREEN DAY, SCREECHING WEASEL, The QUEERS, GROOVIE GHOULIES…), “Just For Fun” doesn’t sound vintage, and thus gives a second birth to these songs, especially with amazing personal interpretations such as BUDDY HOLY‘s “Think It Over.”
In the end, “Just For Fun” is more than just a cover album, it’s a great powerpop record!/Laurent C.

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