Freeman Dre and Kitchen Party

Red Door 2nd Floor

> > Oct 26 2010

Freeman Dre and Kitchen Party - Red Door 2nd Floor
By Kerry DooleThis debut album was written and recorded in the gritty, if gentrifying, Toronto, ON hood of Parkdale, and many of the songs reference life on the margins there. Much loved local watering hole the Cadillac Lounge is name-checked in the rousing "Saturday Night in Parkdale." The band have earned a rep as a highly entertaining outfit live, and this energy is well captured by co-producer/mixer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, the Warped 45s). The six-piece Party are augmented by such guests as Derek Downham (the Beauties) and Michael Louis Johnson. They describe themselves as "street folk punks" and some songs have a Pogues-like feel, while such touchstones as Dylan and Waits are also audible. Female backing vocals spice up a couple of tracks, including closing cut "Do Widzenia," which has an Eastern European, gypsy vibe and is the highlight of a disc with few lowlights. Dre also deserves credit for coming up with possibly the first song to reference the G20 summit fiasco, "Funny Situation." Cool stuff.
(Independent)
GET IT!
Folk & Country RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
these guys r awesome!
Start Conversation
they are having CD release concert at The dakota Oct 28 @ 9:30 pm
brilliant CD! More brilliant live!
Start Conversation
Nice, right on review. what a voice!
I didn't see this is the mag?
Start Conversation
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Hey Rosetta! - 'Second Sight' (album stream)MUSIC / VIDEO: Hey Rosetta! 'Second Sight' (album stream)
  2. Record Store Day Reveals Full List of 2014 Black Friday ExclusivesNEWS: Record Store Day Reveals Full List of 2014 Black Friday Exclusives
  3. Hooded Fang Plot New Album, Book North American Fall DatesNEWS: Hooded Fang Plot New Album, Book North American Fall Dates

Latest Issue: Oct 14 Issue