Brian Lisik review…August 2, 2017…

BRIAN LISIK AND THE UNFORTUNATES

WE’RE SORRY…

CHEROKEE QUEEN RECORDS   CQR 0011

HEY ZELIENOPLE!–DON’T LIKE NOBODY–BYE BI LOVE–ANOTHER FRIDAY NIGHT–IDKWTIC–FEUDAL NIGHTS–INDESCRIBABLE–COLORADO AVENUE–HEART A HAND–TOMBSTONE PHONE CALL–THE SONG REMAINS UNNAMED–DESCRIBABLE–THE MEAT LOCKER/SHUMPERT’S HEAD

For their latest album, Akron-based Brian Lisik And The Unfortunates serve up a healthy, thirteen-cut offering of good ole heartland rock and roll that’ll remind you why you fell in love with rock in the first place.  These guys have a quirky outlook on things in general, too, and that common thread runs thru the whole set.  “We’re Sorry…” is full of hooks, attitude, killer vocals and musicianship, and will evoke memories of classic Seger, Springsteen, Petty, and the Stones.

Brian Lisik is on guitar and vocals, while additional guitars are from bassist Steve Norgrove and Raymond Flanagan, Benjamin Payne on drums, and keys from Tim Longfellow.  Subtlety is a non-factor herein, too, as the fellows blast off with the ultimate false starts that ultimately turn into an “Exile”-era Stones romper entitled “Hey Zelienople!”  The jangly guitars and keys of “Don’t Like Nobody” recall vintage E Street Band, while the punk-rock angst of small-town life is documented in the mile-a-minute revs of “Another Friday Night,” and that pattern closes the set as the fellows channel their inner Minutemen and Ramones with the furious pace of “The Meat Locker/Shumpert’s Head.”

We had two favorites, too.  The pitfalls and pratfalls of young lust are addressed by our hero and his heroine “in the Johnny Cash shirt,” over on “Colorado Avenue.”  And, the set’s most humorous cut takes a tongue-in-cheek look at gender-bending, “Bye Bi Love,” as Brian begs the musical question, “If I was a girl, would I be your girl?”

Brian Lisik And The Unfortunates titled this set “We’re Sorry…” in case folks didn’t like it.  Take it from us, folks—these guys have nothing to apologize for!  Rock on….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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