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Doug Ratner & The Watchmen may hail from Western MA and have built up quite a fan base throughout the east coast. If you have not heard of them yet, you soon will. They have released a new album entitled Eye To Eye. I had a chance to listen to the album and below is my review.
The band consists of Doug Ratner on guitar and vocals, Austin Seabury on bass, Mark “Turk” Munroe on drums, and Mark Adamski on guitar. Their sound is influenced by such artists as The Who, Neil Young, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Mars Volta.
If you like lyrics that reach in and grab you buy the heart strings and songs that make you think then DRAW is right up your alley. Their music tells a story, a story that is easy to relate to past experiences in life as it has a tendency to chew you up and spit you back out. These guys have been spit out and kept on going.
When listening to songs like “I Still Fall” and “Melatonin” I could clearly I felt as though I was listening to Neil Young or a younger Tom Waits. Each song has powerful rock lyrics with a great sound. I could feel the intensity in their guitar playing and pounding of the drums.
Songs like “Dust Part 2”, “Ahead Along” and “Arise” are slower songs that highlight the bands great vocal ability as well as keeping the heart pounding with the songs rock n roll soul. While listening to Dust Part 2 I just sat at my computer and closed my eyes and was swept away in a warm wave of sound.
The new album, Eye to Eye is a collection of passionate rock tales, some brutally honest and some more poetically written. If you like rock n roll with a lot of passion then then new album from Doug Ratner and The Watchmen is for you.
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