BOSTON/NE BANDS, Fresh Stream

>LISTEN TO: LIFE PARTNERS – MUSIC IS HARD

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Life Partners is a Boston band that has been around for a long while,
enduring many line up changes, names changes, and radical shifts in musical temperment. Throughout their existence though they have always managed to make me feel weird and queasy. This newest record of theirs does not change this streak as main components Dave Dougan and Mike Dupuy lay on the unease thickly. Well mostly it’s Dougan as singer who is turning stomachs with his unhealthy mix of earnestness and joking. Dupuy on guitar is a ripper and he does rip all over this frothy mix of hard rock, balladry and other assorted bits of bizarro songsmanship. Standout track is “Music is Hard” which shoots straight to the spine of anyone who’s played in bands, even if it’s just all one big joke. But is it all just one big joke? I think so, but then again if no one is laughing and you yourself don’t think it’s funny(do they think it’s funny?), then were does that leave you? These are some of the folks who run the sick label RIDE THE SNAKE RECORDS. Best fake/real rock ballad record I’ve heard in ages.

LISTEN TO: LIFE PARTNERS – MUSIC IS HARD

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