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Newark Fried Chicken

by The Hammers

Rock'n'Roll,Rockabilly,Blues,R'n'B: a musical trip thru Memphis, New Orleans and Chicago from some guys out of Newark,New Jersey.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Rippin & Runnin
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2. You're Right (Married Life)
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3. Hot Hand
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4. Something Inside Of Me
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5. Lookin For A Girl
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6. Since You Messed Up My Mind
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7. You Can Do No Wrong
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8. Love Has Turned To Hate
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9. Subsidize Me
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10. Cause I Can't Have Her
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11. Guilty
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12. Downtown Lament
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Album Notes
Formed in 1986, THe Hammers are one of Northern New Jersey's longest running rock'n'roll bands. With influences steeped in blues,rockabilly and R&B, their unique sound is the gumbo of three distinctly different musicians:singer/guitarist/songwriter Ira Spinrad, bassist Dom Zarrillo and drummer Bob Masucci.
The band is road-tested,having played just about every
venue,bar,restaurant and roadhouse in the area. They make their formal recording debut with Newark Fried Chicken.
Released in September 2006, the disc draws on the group's varied backgrounds. Spinrad is an R&B and soul fanatic who lists Chuck Berry, Big Joe Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis among his creative inspirations. Zarrillo adds a blues element to the equation, while Masucci is strongly influenced by rockabilly,jazz and the Jersey Shore sound.
Together, they have satisfied many an audience looking for a great band to drink beer and dance to. The group mixes and matches their influences superbly on Newark Fried Chicken. Recorded at Coyote Studios in Brooklyn,N.Y. the set is mainly comprised of inventive Spinrad originals that connect contemporary sensibilities with classic influences.
Witty,sardonic blues tunes like "You're Right(Married Life),"and "Subsidize Me" are interspersed with vintage-flavored rockers like "Rippin and Runnin," "Since You Messed Up My Mind" and "Cause I Can't Have Her." The band also proves adept at rockabilly on the sweltering
"Hot Hand," while the soul groover "Lookin For A Girl" sounds like a long-lost Stax Records gem. Of further note is "Downtown Lament" a vibrato-laden intrumental that evokes a late-night feel.
Also included are two well-chosen covers:a dizzying version of band-hero Carl Perkins' "You Can Do Know Wrong" and an impassioned take on the early-Fleetwood Mac blues burner "Something Inside Of Me."
The sound is augmented in the studio by four friends. Legendary New Orleans drummer Charles Otis (Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino and countless others) adds percussion, and also produced the album along with the band. Jim Beckerman(ex-Voodudes) adds rollicking piano
on several tracks. Both add a markedly Crescent City vibe to the CD. Rounding out the studio lineup are Michael Blake(Lounge Lizards) on tenor sax and Jay Rodriguez(Groove Collective) on baritone sax.
In addition to their work with The Hammers, Spinrad and Zarrillo both spent more than a decade with popular swamp-blues combo Barbecue Bob and The Spareribs. This involved heavy gigging up and down the east coast as well as three well-received CDs. Masucci enjoyed a similar tenure with R&B combo Better Off Dead,recording two CD's with
the Hudson County group. The Hammers will be playing numerous gigs in support of Newark Fried Chicken. For more details, check out the band's website.


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Tom LaMonica

Great Party music!
I was looking for some good music for parties and bar-b-q's that rocks and will appeal to several generations, this is it!

Bernard Boyat, Le Cri Du Coyote (France)

This bluesabilly trio offers up fine rock'n'roll ranging between Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, some rockin r'n'b, some rockabilly, a soul ballad/blues, a slow rocking blues and a New Orleans style rock and roll. The music on this disc is full of variety and very "coyotesque."

Kjell Andreassen, Radio Holstebro (Denmark)

"Thanks a lot for a fantastic,swinging album, love it!

Chris Woodford, Now Dig This (UK)

Unremitting urban blues, rhythm and blues and rock'n'roll.... as fine an example of good-time, foot-tapping rock'n'roll as one could wish for...

Blues Revue Magazine

Sonics are excellent and the singing and playing are superb on the self-released "Newark Fried Chicken."

Dan Tompkins

Rock and Roll for Adults
This album is rock and roll for adults. The production values and mix are top notch. No instrument, including the vocals overpowers the other. If there were no vocals, this album would still rock. Add in Ira’s vocals and you get pure gold. The singing is strong but clear. The man really knows how to sing. The album is a good mix or rock and blues. The music really gets into your blood. BUY THIS ALBUM, YOU WON’T BE SORRY.

Rich Pirone

A solid collection of rockin' blues numbers played by a tight band that has honed its craft in bars, juke joints and dives for the last 20 years.
Great horn-accented arrangements and songs in the best rockabilly and blues tradition.

Diana Aquirre

All this band's history just melts into its own sound....
They may have been together only 20 years but the Hammers’ CD packs way more than just 20 years of music, particularly blues music in the confines of this little CD. From the very beginning of the first track Rippin & Runnin which is very reminiscent of the old Jerry Lee Lewis impact it definitely has in it.
This collection definitely shows signs of all of the band’s transitional periods from the blues, rockabilly , jump, some twangs of R&B, honky tonk and a heck of a lot of soul. All of this bands history just melts into its own sound. And what a sound it is.
From the soulful angst of newly adjusted married life in “You’re Right (Married Life) to the heavy distinct beat of “Hot Hand” the band puts you in a place where the blues melts with the reality of life. “In Something Inside of Me (Kirwan)” the soulful ballad bemoaning the loss of a love, the band’s music puts it’s listeners in that deep dark place you must be to get the gist of the blues stories the entire CD tells. You can just place yourself mentally in that perfect blues bar hearing the music live in your head.
“Since You Messed Up My Mind” gives you just that edge you need to hear, to get your feet tapping a’la John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp fiction type beats. The next track “You Can Do No Wrong” just keeps the beat going and clarifies that with this CD the Hammers can do no wrong either. The entire CD is a must have for the collection of anyone who likes any kind of blues themed music It just puts you right there in that perfect frame of mind for the perfect kind of music that it is.

Diana Aguirre Martinez.