Music In Belgium Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays” (translated)

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“In the New York underground, a few last nostalgic punk rockers of the Seventies (Ramones, Dead Boys …) continue to agitate and from time to time launch a few bravado towards the gentle bourgeois world which sees only in The Big Apple is a good tourist destination, where you can buy candy and baseball caps as souvenirs. Mark Duda is one of those resisters who have not yet discovered that Johnny Ramone was dead.

Mark Duda is a pure New York juice, anchored to the marrow in the Lower East Side, the neighborhoods of Bleecker Street and Bowery where the legendary CBGB club (now a bobo clothes store), Mercer Street where the New York Dolls made an explosive debut. Today, this whole district is perfectly frequentable, but during the 70s, it was a jungle delivered to punks and downgrades from all sides. So today Mark Duda makes punk more frequentable, as shown by the small album six titles “Month of Sundays” that he has just committed.

This old rover of rock (host of The Handle and Mad City Rockers ) brought together on this album a handful of esteemed representatives of the intelligentsia rock. The rhythm section is occupied by Thommy Price and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Billy Idol). Kenny Aaronson, in particular, deserves a word more. It debuted in 1971 in the cultus combo hard rock Dust, With a drummer named Mark Bell, who was later known as Marky Ramone. He was seen in the 70s accompanying artists such as Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter or Leslie West, to name but a few. Another musician recruited by Mark Duda, guitarist Jimi K. Bones went to Blondie or Skin ‘n’ Bones. Duda also invited some other legends to give him a hand on his album. On Murders on Delancey , Cheetah Chrome (ex-Dead Boys, one of New York’s punk sponsors) and Bobby Rondinelli (formerly Rainbow or Blue Öyster Cult) play guitar and drums respectively. We also find Arno Hecht (spent with the Rolling Stones) who comes to make fuse the saxophone on “Standoff love” .

What we can say is that this “Month of Sundays” is rather short because it only shows 19 minutes for six titles. The ensemble offers a classic rock ‘n’ roll, with a little melodic punk touch ( “Month of Sundays” ). Some of the intonations are reminiscent of the New York Dolls or the Ramones ( “Murder on Delancey” , a reference to another street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and the saxophone of “Standoff love” reminds us that the doo-wop and rock ‘ Roll Fifties influenced the most romantic side of the Ramones. Romanticism is also mentioned with the ballad “Worse for wear” , slow schoolboy overflowing with adolescent love sorrows. “Connection” must probably be the most square and intransigent title of the whole, with its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk.

This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. It is also question with the ballad “Worse for wear” , slow schoolboy overflowing with adolescent love afflictions. “Connection” must probably be the most square and intransigent title of the whole, with its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. It is also question with the ballad “Worse for wear” , slow schoolboy overflowing with adolescent love afflictions. “Connection” must probably be the most square and intransigent title of the whole, with its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. Slow schoolboy overflowing with teenage heartaches. “Connection” must probably be the most square and intransigent title of the whole, with its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. Slow schoolboy overflowing with teenage heartaches. “Connection” must probably be the most square and intransigent title of the whole, with its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. With its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age. With its more hard rock approach. And logically, after this tour of the New York punk, we leave by subway with “Subway song” and its melodic punk atmospheres, even bubble punk. This small disc is a nice reminder of what punk was in its sweetest and most creamy aspects. Mark Duda does not revolutionize the genre but here he signs a nice glance at a golden age.”

-www.musicinbelgium.net

Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

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