Blood for Blood – Serenity

12 Feb

Blood for Blood
June 22, 2004
Thorp Records
Producers: Rob Lind, and Jim Siegal

“White Trash” Rob Lind – guitar, vocals
Billy Graziadei – Guitar, Vocals
Ian McFarland – Bass
Neal Dike – Drums

1. A Prayer to the Night Sky
2. Serenity
3. Hanging On the Corner
4. Live the Lie
5. A Rock ‘n’ Roll Song
6. My Jesus Mercy
7. Runaway (Del Shannon)
8. City Boy
9. Serenity (Reprise)

About a month or so I was talking to Eric Leach the vocalist of Symbol Six, wrapping up a few details for our Strange Reaction interview. And I mentioned that I had just bought the latest self-titled Street Dogs album, and that he should pick it up too. I started babbling about the “Dropkick Murphy Familytree.” I don’t own anything by the Dropkick Murphys, nor am I necessarily a fan, but I dig the bands that have come from the Dropkicks, Everybody Out!, and Street Dogs, and whoever might come next.

So, midway through my lecture (don’t all bands love it when you babble about loving other bands?) Eric tells me I should pick up an album by Blood for Blood. He said it was good, hard street punk with the Irish influence.

I think I picked up Blood for Blood Serenity later that day. Here’s the thing, the band is great. Tight musicianship, real good stuff. My problem is the vocals, the guy can sing, he can do harmonies, but he seems to prefer the “cookie monster” vocals that I freaking hate. Overall, decent album, but the Sesame Street influence always kills an album for me.

The cover features a building in the Bunker Hill Housing Development. It is the largest housing project in the city of Boston, located in Rob Lind’s hometown of Charlestown. It has one of the highest crime rates in the city, known for being riddled with drugs.

Serenity is the seventh, and possibly the final studio album by Blood for Blood, and was released on June 22, 2004.

Stand out cut: Runaway.

If you don’t have it, give it a listen.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

One to the story . . .

By now most of you know the reunited Black Flag is without Ron Reyes. Not much to say, other than Ron has been a class act through the whole thing. And only the fans are left wondering what the hell happened?

The punk rock community is very tight-knit. They will talk shit about a band, but they will also be the first in line when that band reunites. Punks wanted Black Flag to be successful. But in all honesty, Greg Ginn is conflicted between being one of the originators of L.A. Hardcore and his need to be a guitar-god.

While he has been busy worrying about Flag and what they’re up to, it seems, his audience walked away.

Reyes did a good job, but maybe he should go jam with Flag instead.



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2 Responses to “Blood for Blood – Serenity”

  1. 1
    Eddie Cook Says:

    Hey Mike ! – Cool review, but I like what you said about Black Flag best. Nice diplomatic way to state things. – Eddie

  2. 2
    Mike E. Says:

    Thanks Eddie. Enough bad stuff has been said about Greg without adding to it. I figured I’d throw in my two cents without going too heavy on the mud slinging.

    Mike E.

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