Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Streetlight Manifesto - "The Hands That Thieve"

New Jersey ska-punk veterans led by singer/guitarist Tomas Kalnoky return with their long-awaited new album The Hands That Thieve - their first in five years - via Victory Records.   Their catchy yet complex arrangements of super-tight, fast-paced rhythms, bright brass melodies and infectiously anthemic vocal melodies showcase both the band’s supreme songwriting skills and stellar musicianship once again. 
“The Three Of Us” opens the album with a bang as Kalnoky begins the song with some jangly guitars and a short verse before launching into an extended melodic instrumental passage that thrashes with a punchy passion.  Standout track “Ungrateful” follows with some jazzy muted trumpet and a swinging rhythm before fading into a lightning-quick punk anthem complete with shouted gang vocals.  The title track, “The Hands That Thieve” is highlighted by a swaying melody and a propulsive marching band beat.  Another standout, “With Any Sort Of Certainty” features a percussion-heavy rhythm and exuberant horns that contrasts with the more serious life questions contained in the lyrics.  With its sing-along chorus, “Oh Me, Oh My” should quickly become a live staple on their current “End Of The Beginning Tour”, which will be their last long tour for a while.  The ten-track album closes out with the skanking rhythm and revenge-soaked lyrics of “Your Day Will Come”. 
In addition, frontman Tomas Kalnoky is self-releasing an album of acoustic arrangements of each of the ten tracks from The Hands That Thieve under his solo pseudonym, Toh Kay.      


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