By Joe Barron
If last night's ska-tacular Friday the 13th show at Great Scott was any indication of things to come, the future of New Hampshire's A Minor Revolution is looking bright. For those unfamiliar, A Minor Revolution is a four-piece ska/punk band featuring Ryan Revolution on guitar/lead vox, AJ Valcourt on bass/backing vox, Zack Sprague on drums, and Luthor (is that even his real name?) on saxxxy shenanigans. After grinding the local New England circuit for several years and a handful of lineup changes, the current lineup is getting back to their roots and just having fun. A molotov cocktail of NOFX, Mischief Brew, and Sublime, these passionate punks are finally ready to take the bull by the horns.
Kicking the night off in support of the Stray Bullets and ska-core legends, Mephiskapheles, front-man, Ryan, noted that it was an honor to be sharing the stage with a band he had been listening to since high school. The boys played a well-rounded set mixing up songs off their first EP, AMRica, as well as their new EP, Consexual Sense (great artwork and backing vocals on that, by the way), taking a few breaks to exercise the demons and hail Satan! They also paid tribute to their heroes, NOFX, covering “Clams Have Feelings Too.”
Besides warming up a packed house of rowdy friends, the real treat was hearing new songs, “Tramp-stamp-o-line” and “Analog Ring,” the latter being Valcourt's inaugural plunge into songwriting. Both songs combined aspects of blazing punk, ska, call and response vocals, and half-decent harmonies. I think the sharing of vocal duties will only help the band's sound and versatility.
Behind the guidance of Ocelot Records Founder, Steve Knowles, AMR has made some serious strides since the release of their new EP, playing with the likes of the Slackers, The Flatliners, and Mustard Plug. Their years of toil and labor are finally starting to pay off and people are noticing. With no signs of stopping and aspirations to tour the west coast in the fall, A Minor Revolution proudly wears their state moto on their sleeves.
Live free or die.