IN·DE·PEND·ENT CLAUS·ES REVIEW
(October 8, 2015) “Day Off” – Ryan Dwork. Sweet bass jams and insistent drums power this groove-heavy rock tune. The distorted vocals fit oh-so-nicely over the instrumentation.
- Stephen Carradini
in·de·pend·ent claus·es Review by Nate Williams
Brand new old-school punk.
The power trio out of Astoria, NY, that makes up The Boroughs shows off their diplomas from The Ramones’ Rock’n’Roll High School with their self-titled release.
From the classic punk rock hooks of “Hangin’ Out” to the more modern feel of tracks like “M.R.I” and the folk balladry of “Spine,” the band oozes with the essence of old school punk bands like The Ramones and The Stooges while bringing their own distinct sound to the mix, creating a wonderful mix of old and new. The mix of influences that comes out in the album could lead one to say that the band has musical ADD, yet somehow it feels like one cohesive whole. The Boroughs explode out of the starting gate at the beginning of the album and bring it down to a reserved lethargy with the folk ballads “Spine,” “Pussin’ Out” and “Say What You Want” that cut a drastically different sound than the rest of the album. For a punk album, The Boroughs’ self-titled album is unusually emotional and not in a bad way.
Credit must be given to the exceptional abilities of guitarist/vocalist Ryan Dwork, who has managed to fill every song on the album with catchy hooks, both in the instrumentation and vocally. His guitar work and vocals are equally impressive as his songwriting. It’s not to say that bassist Justin Farrell or drummer Grady Feldgus don’t hold their own, but Dwork is definitely the star of the show. This album simply grabs hold of you and refuses to let you go.
Definitely check out the tracks “Hangin’ Out,” “She’s Gotta Go,” “M.R.I,” “On My Own,” and “Spine,” if you can. The album is available on CDBaby.com and I highly recommend checking it out because this band has enormous potential, without a doubt.
– Nate Williams
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid
The BOROUGHS LP
Shortsighted critics compare this Queens' speedy punk trio to the Ramones (not that old canard again!), but that's trés superficial. If you want a closer reference, try this: Ash. Leader Ryan Dwork even sounds/sings like Tim Wheeler, and wonderfully, his guitars seem to blast off like those of Ash, as 16th-note-rolls-loving drummer Grady Feldgus and bassist Justin Garrell lay down strenuous, fluid rock ‘n' roll rhythms for hyper-catchy songs. Of course, these boys' influences are much broader: "Good Times" quotes the closer-to-home 1979 Talking Heads' "Life During Wartime" over a melody like post-Raw Power Stooges obscuro "Head On," while "Another Sad Song" makes excellent use of a light ska beat. Springy energy, sharp playing, strapping energy, pre-hardcore backbeat, and a spirit that defies nostalgia.
Queens Cronicle Review by Carrie Thorson
The Boroughs Stake Claim As Defining Face Of Queens Punk
The Boroughs - Ostrich
The Boroughs, a rock band quickly making its name in the New York music scene, hails from Queens and never lets its audiences forget it. The band’s recently released debut EP, “Ostrich,” boldly declares that it wants to be the defining face of punk rock in Queens. By the sounds of the new EP, the group’s on its way.
Queens, long known for producing cutting-edge rappers and genre-defining jazz musicians, has yet to be known as a home for rock. Click here to read the entire article
- Carrie Thorson