pushmonkey.jpg (10139 bytes)"Pushmonkey" (Arista; 1998)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The debut release by Pushmonkey starts out promisingly enough, with the punchy track entitled "Lefty." It's all loud, driving guitars and pounding drums that definitely get their hooks into you. Unfortunately, this self-titled release never gets better than the first track, although the third song, "No Dumb Wrong" comes close. 

Fast-paced (for the most part) power-pop that may fall short on originality sometimes goes too long for that commercial sound but still delivers the goods thanks to the charisma of the musicians.  A promising debut and the portent of better things to come.

Discovered by ZZ TOP manager Bill Ham, Pushmonkey has toured with KISS in Texas and was named the #1 Hard Rock Band at the Austin Music Award two years running.

For more information, check out www.pushmonkey.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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