Joe Shithead Keithley is best known for his work with punk legends D.O.A. and as the founder of the Canadian punk scene.
Band of Rebels is an ambitious record that sticks to its punk roots while adding a big band element. Saxophones, trumpets, and keyboards all make their way onto the record – there’s even a violin solo on choice cut “When Power Came to Canada.” Keithley delves into ska (“Bust Me Loose”), rockabilly (“Wake Me Up For The Revolution”), and even a misguided rap “Fuck the Corporation.”
At times these new elements work really well, but when they don’t, Keithley and his Band of Rebels come off sounding like a local bar band, especially with their covers of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” and Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene” which both fall flat on their faces.
When all’s said and done Rebels is a moderate effort from someone who can do so much better. (Sudden Death Records)
Rating: 2.5 Out Of 5 Stars